'"... Every white nation, even Belgium, found its slaves on the continent of Africa. From then on, African kings learned that they must surrender their sovereignty or accept deportation. The title "King" was changed to "Chief," so that even now if an African ruler calls himself "King," it sounds ridiculous to the uninformed white observer." - Nwafor Orizu, Without Bitterness (1944)
The monstrous games that have been played with the African psyche using language alone. Puts me in mind of that anecodote about two young fish who meet an older fish as they swim along. Older fish says to them, all jovial and avuncular, "Boy, this is some nice water, innit?" as he swims by.
The two younger fish look at each other and one of them asks: "What the fuck is *water*?"
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