DESTROYED PAST, TRUNCATED PRESENT, DUBIOUS FUTURE - THE CHALLENGE OF BLACK IDENTITY IN A GLOBALISED WORLD

Authors

  • John Ayotunde Ishola Bewaji Deoartment of Philosophy, University of West Indies

Abstract

This essay is in four parts. The first will explain, using the issue of epistemicide, how Africana (by extension, human) intellectual history, knowledge systems and heritage have suffered deliberate, concerted, and continuous destruction in the hands of Euro-American and Arabian gnosis, adventurism, racism and religious traducing. The second examines the concept of identity to show how the truncated Africana present emerged from an identity that was not a conscious choice and shows how the contemporary Africana predicament issues from how Africana societies accept a choice that was not natural as a tool for negotiating an existence. The third enunciates the nature of Africana/black identity crises as predictable consequence of the trajectories of the invention of Africa and the historio-genesis of the construction of blackness. The final provides alternative pathways for Africana humanity.

 

Published

2020-08-18 — Updated on 2020-08-20