The White International

“The cause of the White man on the Pacific coast”

Authored by: Mandisi Majavu

The Routledge Handbook on Africana Criminologies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367435721
eBook ISBN: 9781003004424
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In both Australia and New Zealand, the fundamental and diffused perception of Africa is that the continent is “the jungle home of backward people” (Craig 2002, 50), and thus Black Africans are regarded as a people who are “unfit” for “modern life.” This narrative is an offshoot of the long-standing discourse of a “Dark Continent.” The Dark Continent narrative features Black Africans as “brutish, benighted, and unprogressive” (Olivier 1906, 2). Within this discourse, Blacks of African heritage are considered to be “‘half-devil and half-child,’” and thus it is concluded that “African races” are the “most important uncivilized mass of colored humanity” (Olivier 1906, 3).

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