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Afrocentricity as a theory of change intends to re-locate the African person as subject, thus destroying the notion of being objects in the Western project of domination.
Afrocentricity is generally opposed to theories that "dislocate" Africans in the periphery of human thought and experience.
Afrocentricity is not the reverse of Eurocentricity but a particular perspective for analysis which does not seek to occupy all space and time as Eurocentrism has often done.
www.asante.net /articles/guadalupe-asante.html   (3588 words)

Afrocentrism is a term used to refer to the belief that ancient Africa was the source of cultural and intellectual achievements that have been systematically denied or suppressed by Europeans.
Typically Afrocentrism concentrates on the achievements of the ancient Egyptians, presenting them as a fl race.
Critics assert that Afrocentrism is myth presented as history, and that it is a projection of modern American racial and geographical categories onto ancient cultures in which they did not exist.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/af/Afrocentrism.html   (269 words)

Afrocentrism is a mythology that is racist, reactionary, and essentially therapeutic.
Afrocentrism is a pseudohistorical political movement that erroneously claims that African-Americans should trace their roots back to ancient Egypt because it was dominated by a race of fl Africans.
The main purpose of Afrocentrism is to encourage fl nationalism and ethnic pride as a psychological weapon against the destructive and debilitating effects of universal racism.
skepdic.com /afrocent.html   (517 words)

 Afrocentrism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Afrocentrism is a scholarly, historiographical approach to the study of world history introduced by Dr.
Afrocentrism holds that Eurocentrism has led to the neglect or denial of the contributions of Africa's original peoples and focused instead on a generally European-centered model of world civilization and history.
Afrocentricity essentially makes the claim that early dynastic Egypt was an indigenous African civilization, though the claim had already been made by some historians and Africanists for a century or more.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Afrocentrism   (3798 words)

 Two Scholars Discuss Afrocentrism
Although "Afrocentrism" was not invented until the 1960s, the idea of discussing African American culture as a survival of African culture was well established in sociological and anthropological literature before the Second World War.
Afrocentricity is the idea that Africa and persons of African descent must be seen as proactive subjects within history, rather than passive objects of Western history.
Afrocentrism means reestablishing Africa and its descendants as centers of value, without in any way demeaning other people and their historical contributions to world civilization.
www.nathanielturner.com /twoscholarsdiscussafrocentrism.htm   (1264 words)

 Short defence of Afrocentrism against Stephen Howe
Afrocentrism is one of the first books to map out in detail, from its remoter origins to its contemporary ramifications and high-profile manifestations, one of the most significant intellectual and political movements of the world today.
For Howe, Afrocentrism is largely what in our Marxist days we used to call false consciousness: a view of reality which is systematically distorted and which can be explained from the historical trajectory traversed, in recent centuries, by the collectivity holding these views.
Beyond the unmistakable defects of current Afrocentrism, glows the promise of a bright future, where thanks to Afrocentrism’s inspiring reversal of accepted hegemonic paradigms, we may hope to come much closer to the empirical, demonstrable truth concerning such contributions to mankind’s world-wide culture as have emerged, over the millennia, from the African continent.
www.shikanda.net /afrocentrism/short.htm   (2057 words)

 Fallacies of Afrocentrism
This is the ancestry of Afrocentrism, sketched by Bernal rather convincingly.
That's the function of Afrocentrism today, and very valuable it is to the tactic of "divide and conquer", by which white and fl workers and students are kept divided from one another.
Afrocentrism helps them, and so continues to flourish, as do the right-wing fascists, militias, etc., all of which are also racist to the core.
www.chss.montclair.edu /english/furr/afrocent.html   (1092 words)

Afrocentrism is at the center of a debate that echoes throughout the United States.
In this form, it is the natural quest of a human being to retain and to rediscover who he or she is in the face of suppression of that information.
Afrocentrism is an ingredient that is necessary in the solution needed to solve the continuing problem of psychological slavery.
members.aol.com /kaajanaku/afrcen.htm   (1407 words)

 naijablog: Re-defining Afrocentrism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-05)
The fate of the brave rastafarians who ventured forth to their ancestral homeland in Ethiopia is no less poignant; rejected by and large by the conservative, anti-marijuana host population, the Jamaican immigrants are growing old and the population is not being replenished; some have already left in disappointment.
There therefore should be a redefinition of what it is to be Afrocentric, away from redemptive (and ultimately unrealistic) essentialist fantasies, in favour of offering genuine support and alignment with contingent realities on the continent.
Afrocentrism 2.0 (for want of a better term) needs to be about creating tangible and meaningful two-way linkages.
naijablog.blogspot.com /2006/11/re-defining-afrocentrism.html   (769 words)

 Sample Chapter for Binder, A.J.: Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools.
Proponents of Afrocentrism also complained that their views were not being represented within the district's official decision-making bodies, and that they were being denied a rightful voice in school policy.
Community activists, Afrocentric scholars from across the nation, and parents of poorly educated children pushed the district to "go Afro-centric," while the majority of the city's resident media commentators, university faculty, and politicians pressured district leaders to reject the movement.
Approaching Afrocentric and creationist challenges from an old institutionalist perspective, we might ask what portion of the population of a school system was African American or Christian conservative, respectively, and we would study whether and how administrators sought to accommodate those constituents' concerns (depending on their numbers and political power in the system).
press.princeton.edu /chapters/s7430.html   (10020 words)

 Howe: Afrocentrism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-05)
Afrocentric history is expounded by, amongst others, The Nation of Islam.
By 1991, it was reported, roughly 350 private schools or "Afrocentric academies" devoted to the approach had been established, educating more than 50,000 children.
Elsewhere curriculum were, designed to introduce Afrocentric perspectives produced national-level public storms and political battles, as in New York and Washington, DC.
www.versobooks.com /verso_info/excerpts/howe_afrocentrism_excpt.shtml   (296 words)

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Afrocentrism has also led to the creation of the holiday Kwanzaa, which is celebrated the week after Christmas.
Afrocentrism, in a sense, to some people, is similar to the modified form of Black nationalism.
Afrocentrism, has in essence, allowed African-Americans to become successful in almost every occupation in America today, all the way from being a pro athlete, to being a House Representative, to working at McDonalds.
www.du.edu /~tpadgett/afrocentrism.doc   (2179 words)

 Defence of Afrocentrism against Stephen Howe
For him, Afrocentrism is largely what in our Marxist days we used to call false consciousness: a systematically mistaken view of reality which can be explained from the historical trajectory traversed, in recent centuries, by the collectivity (mainly African Americans, but also an increasing number of Africans) holding these views.
Such unity between African cultures as is being recognised is taken to be the result of the postcolonial phenomenon of globalisation, which allows this view to salvage the concept of a pristine distinctness of a great number of precolonial cultures in Africa.
Likewise the nostalgic or proud adoption of African and Egyptian names by Afrocentric writers has to be ridiculed by Stephen Howe, as if it incomparably more rational that twentieth century parents, like his own, call their children after a early Christian martyr...
www.shikanda.net /afrocentrism/defence.htm   (6284 words)

 Afrocentrism in Ontario
The call for Afrocentric teaching has been heard and is being implemented in Nova Scotia.
The cornerstone of his particular version of Afrocentric history is that ancient Egypt (which he calls "Kemet") was fl just as sub-Saharan Africa is fl, is home to all the knowledge now attributed to the Greeks, and that the Greeks, and by extension all Western civilization, stole that knowledge from fl Egypt.
For the Afrocentric educator, an awareness of personal location, authority, experience, and history is the foundation of successful teaching practice.
www.stevejanke.com /archives/105940.php   (1708 words)

 AEI - Short Publications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-05)
Whether or not they actually use the word "Afrocentric" on their packaging, these books--which differ enormously in the quality of their thought and writing, as well as in their factual reliability--have a certain common set of preoccupations, whose persistence entitles one now to speak of a broadly Afrocentric paradigm.
This negative thesis is argued as the prolegomenon to an alternative, positive, "Afrocentric" view, in which African cultural creativity is discovered to have been at the origin of Western civilization, and Western civilization, especially in modernity, is either asserted or implied to be intrinsically morally depraved; incapable, in particular, of living peacefully with others.
The Afrocentric paradigm is not just the source of a lively body of writing; it is the basis, too, of a movement in the United States to revise the teaching of African-American children, to provide them with an Afrocentric education.
www.aei.org /publications/pubID.17961,filter.all/pub_detail.asp   (4807 words)

 Afrocentrism in Reflection with Appiah's Theory
The afrocentric model, developed, nurtured and refined by Temple University professor Molefi Kete Asante, posits the necessity of shifting the education emphasis away from a traditional focus on Euro-American achievement to illumination on the lives and accomplishments of African (Black) people.
There are applied elements of Afrocentrism in severe need of reform and overhaul, and as long as it is recognized as a means, as opposed to an end, it provides a necessary counter to white hegemonic control in education and every other essential life and society function.
The challenge for Afrocentrism is not to twist and corrupt fresh, alternative forms of thought with the baggage of the blind loyalty of "race." Appiah seems to be skeptical that it can avoid these challenges, and I tend to believe that it can.
www.msu.edu /~hicksmi3/afro.html   (1109 words)

 Untitled Document
Afrocentrism is the belief that African Americans and indeed all of Western Civilization should trace its roots from ancient Egypt.
Afrocentrism is the theory that the philosophy, science and mathematics of ancient Greece should be accredited in part to the ideas and people of ancient Egypt.
Many scholars believe that Afrocentrism is nothing but a pseudo-historical political movement that allows or enables racism to spread and justifies the denial of opportunity to the inferior group.
home.snu.edu /~dwilliam/s98/afrocentricism/centris1.html   (560 words)

Afrocentrism is many things to many people, from the insistent claims of Leonard Jeffries to the commercialism of the mainstream media.
In spite of criticism (or maybe because of it), Afrocentrism (or Afrocentricity) was and is spreading.
The largest Afrocentric program in the United States is housed at Temple University in Philadelphia and has well-over one hundred students under the chairmanship of Molefi Asante.
www.afgen.com /afrocen.html   (3455 words)

 trinicenter.com - Redefining the Concept of Pan-Africanism
Afrocentrism is the plaintiff in an intellectual class action suit filed against Eurocentrism, the Euro-American power structure, the Eurocentric world view and the curriculum of exclusion, just at the "new world order" represents a declaration of war against African peoples.
Afrocentrism not only trains but also equips African peoples with the necssary tools and research methodology to engage in critical thinking and analysis of themselves, their history, and their future from their perspective and reference point.
Afrocentrism proves that we are the ancestors of European.
www.trinicenter.com /kwame/2002/Apr   (2748 words)

 AFRICAN BY NATURE® presents Open Our Eyes: Brown Hosts Afrocentrism Debate
Last night, Lefkowitz started out by saying that she is "not against Afrocentrism," which looks at Africa as the origin of human civilizations and their advances.
She said there is a great need to study African history from the point of view of Africans.
She emphasized that Afrocentrism has a tendency to overlook negative aspects of African culture and glorify other aspects.
www.africanbynature.com /eyes/openeyes_afrocentrismdebate.html   (785 words)

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Afrocentricity is racist, sexist, classist, homophobic and habitually xenophobic.
The Afrocentric ontology assumes reality is both spiritual and material at once (spiritual/material, extrasensory as can be known through five senses) with highest value on positive interpersonal relationships between women/men (axiology); self knowledge is assumed to be the basis of all knowledge (epistemology), and one knows through symbolic imagery and rhythm.
Afrocentricity as a serious form of scholarship, they attempt to weaken its historical foundation by claiming it is mystical and a result of ancestor worship.
astro.ocis.temple.edu /~karanja/HoweReview.htm   (2050 words)

 Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 28, 1996
The goal of the program is scholarly dialogue on Afrocentrism from several perspectives, free from issue-oriented implications, says organizer Betsy Bryan, a professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Afrocentrism, as a field of scholarship, focuses on the roots of African identity and culture and how it has contributed to the play of world history.
Topics, says Bryan, include the role of Afrocentrism in ancient studies, Afrocentrism and its effect on the culture of peoples of African descent, and Afrocentrism and its influence on the dissemination and consumption of knowledge.
www.jhu.edu /~gazette/octdec96/oct2896/afro.html   (834 words)

 (WP-05-S00) "The Historical Origins of Afrocentrism"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-05)
A set of ideas celebrating the African origins, history and character of fl people, Afrocentrism is sometimes seen as a long-standing tradition in fl thought.
This paper argues that Afrocentrism is a relatively recent invention, and must be seen as the product of a specific historical and cultural context.
Inspired by the cultural nationalist movement of the late 1970s, Afrocentrism is modern phenomenon that can and should be distinguished from earlier variants of Black Nationalism.
www.bu.edu /irsd/papers/WP-05-S00.htm   (84 words)

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