By Basil Davidson
This article is designed for college students getting ready for O point background, delivering an exam of a few of the foremost tendencies and occasions in West African heritage from advert 1000-1800.
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It is for this very reason that we would urge that a full understanding of our complex political problems is of paramount importance. It is within the power of the Independent States of Africa to give the kind of assistance that will land us in the quagmire of NEO-COLONIALISM. It is equally within their power to assist in putting the struggle of the oppressed people of South Africa on the road leading to true independence, a road that leads to political liberty and freedom from want. It is a road that leads to the achievement of that society where there will be no exploitation of man by man, a society in which every man and woman shall have the opportunity to develop his or her potentialities to the utmost.
Secondly, the press maintained its silence about the officials of the All-African Convention. Yet during the same period, and more particularly after the Pondoland disturbances, its leaders were jailed, put under house arrest or banned. The aim of imperialism and its press is clear. It is to shut off from the knowledge of the world the true liberatory movement, the struggle that is being carried on with great heroism particularly by the peasants in the Reserves and without any help whatsoever from any source in the outside world.
If it is our task to destroy imperialism as a world system, it becomes imperative for us to begin to think in terms of planning on an international scale and understand the relationship of forces in all parts of the world. It is time we acquainted ourselves with how the imperialists think and plan. Now it is my view that, faced as we are with the problem of Rhodesia, all sorts of remedies and panaceas have been advocated, many of them quite unrealistic for the simple reason that they flow from an approach that isolates the Rhodesian problem.
A History of West Africa, 1000-1800 (The growth of African civilization) by Basil Davidson