Milton Allimadi discusses his just released book “Manufacturing Hate: How Africa Was Demonized In Western Media
,” Thursday, July 8, 6p - 7:30p. During the Zoom talk, the Black Star News
publisher explains the history of demonization of Africa, and by extension descendants of Africa, in Western media books, newspapers, and magazines from the 17th century to our contemporary era, and the lingering ramifications of centuries of demonization.
The book takes the reader on a sweeping journey, critiquing the journals of the European trespassers who traveled to Africa beginning in the 17th century to “discover” and arrogantly rename lakes, rivers, mountains, and even countries.
The early European travelers were agents of imperialism, he says. They mapped out Africa for later colonial conquest, he continues. In the book and talk, Allimadi discusses how the journals demonized Africans in order to justify conquest, colonization, and exploitation of Africa’s people and resources under the false narrative of civilizing Africa.
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice African history teacher critiques dozens of articles, dating from decades ago, in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic magazine, Time magazine, and The New Yorker. Allimadi will show how these media outlets inherited their racist depictions of Africa from the European travelers’ journals.
Registration for the ZOOM meeting is free