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Definition of NEGRO
By:Hussein Lumumba Amin, Uganda
Date: Sunday, 1 April 2018, 3:45 pm

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica 1798,

"NEGRO, homo pelli negra, a name given to a variety of the human species, who are entirely black and are found in the Torrid zone, especially in that part of Africa which lies between the tropics. In the complexion of negroes we meet with various shades; but they likewise differ far from other men in the features of their face. Round cheeks, high cheek bones, a forehead somewhat elevated, a short, broad, fat nose, thick lips, small ears, ugliness, and irregularity of shape, characterize their external appearance. The negro women have the loins greatly depressed, and very large buttocks, which give their back the shape of a saddle. Vices the most notorious seem to be the portion of this unhappy race: idleness, treachery, revenge, cruelty, impudence, stealing, lying, profanity, debauchery, nastiness, and intemperance, are said to have extinguished the principles of natural law, and to have silenced the reproofs of conscience. They are strangers to every sentiment of compassion. And are an example of the corruption of man when left to himself."
As I was reading through this public literary definition of black people, what stands out is the summary dehumanization of an entire people. An elaborate stigmatization whose repercussions continue to this day. This is probably how the colonial oppressor gave him/herself excuses to not only interfere and grab indeginous lands for themselves, but also to plunder natural resources, enslave black people, and commit atrocious crimes with total impunity.

In essence, supremacism is the evil art of hating the rest of humanity.

Supremacism is laundered by such writings.

What it then did after the stigmatization phase was to unleash shocking institutionalized fascist behaviour on a global scale against the black race. That is how Apartheid and all other forms of racial discrimination became common law in many countries around the world. And while the laws might be mostly abolished, the stigma that informed their creation remains. This is why the discriminatory behaviour continues at many levels to this day.

Supremacist thinking also included outright theft of black cultures and their precious artifacts that to this day sit in the plunderers homes and museums without shame. Why?Simply because they collected them under supremacist excuses ( including the excuse of "scientific research") but in reality they came while already having little respect if any for black people thanks to such writings and related views being widespread across society back in their countries.

But worst of all, besides the unforgiveable abuses against men, women and children from indeginous black communities and nations around the world, it is thanks to such publications that the black race has been permanently dehumanized, demonized and stigmatized in the eyes of the entire world for centuries to come.

By Hussein Lumumba Amin