“The Whites left Africa but the Colonial mind is still in us.” Prof Lumumba
History teaches us that whites came to Africa to bring true religion and civilization. I appreciate their love for Black people; they taught us religion, literacy and how to fight them.
Their education emphasized much on modifying an African child’s character by teaching us religion as reflected in the Phelps Stokes Commission, policy on education of 1924 during colonial times. The religion Whites taught schools reflected itself in the behavior of Africans that included docility, inferiority complex, low self-esteem and blind faith to mention but a few.
Whites especially in South Africa, the then sanctuary of Apartheid and White Supremacy based their teachings on Calvinism. Calvinism is a belief derived from Genesis 9:18 which teaches that Africans are slaves according to Noah’s curse on his youngest son, Ham.
This teaching forced Africans to unquestionably subscribe to beliefs of destiny. Such a teaching lasted from 1890 to 1950s when a few Africans that received education grouped themselves in quest independence.
In decades that followed, African countries were liberated from chains of colonialism. Whites left Africa physically but their hands still control our economy, politics and their religion is now a carpet of divisions amongst us. Religion exalts prayer, something I revere unsparingly. However, prayer should not substitute action and independence of thought. In our case, prayer has suppressed action and independence and nonreligious people have kept on asking the relationship between our religion and economic embracement. Let us use religion correctly.