By Janice Hamlet
During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from numerous elements of African American tradition, refracted during the lens of Afrocentric notion. The ebook examines: Afrocentric ideology and method; Afrocentric ways to the dynamics of conversation; the Afrocentric effect at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, video clips and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.
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One of the most remarkable elucidations of this is a speech that Louis Phitosouhicat Basis 25 Farrakhan gave on the Black Man (I heard on a colleague’s tape machine and cannot give a specific reference) in which he discussed who and what the Black man is in terms of what reality is. 12. See Leroi Jones, “Hunting Is Not Those Heads on the Wall,” Home Social Essays; see also his essay, “Black Ethos,” in Raise Race Rays Raze. 13. It should be noted here that no one is necessarily born with a full-blown Afrocentric orientation, complete with an articulated ontology and epistemology.
The first assumption emphasizes the significance of Black experiences. The term “Black experiences’’ refers to the diversity of the total life experiences in the past, present and “future” of African descended people. , of Black people, whether oppressing, being oppressed, or just plain living and the action that follows will add to the development of tools for the humanization of the world. A case in point is the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the decade of the 1960’s. The Civil Rights Movement forced European American people in the United States to confront the system of racial preference.
Knowledge can fall into any one of three categories: technical, practical and emancipatory (Habermas, 1972). ” The purpose of technical knowledge is to enhance prediction in order to control an environment. In terms of the natural sciences, technical knowledge is developed for the purpose of manipulating the natural 36 THE AFROCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE environment. In the case of the social sciences, technical knowledge is used to control the social environment. Technical knowledge practitioners attempt to develop knowledge that allows one to predict outcomes in order to control those outcomes, to explain phenomena by linking the important factors in a logical manner that can be empirically verified (in other words, to find the most efficient means to a particular end).
Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet