Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Chapter 3: Afrocentrism and the Afrocentric Method
Afrocentrism and the Afrocentric Method
In the academy, the study of Black people has tended to follow the study of White people. The descriptions and analysis of Black life experiences have been formulated on the models set forth by White life experiences. The problem with this practice is the obvious one: Black and White life experiences are not the same. Although they are intertwined, they are not mirror images. Consequently, to describe and interpret those different experiences as if they were the same is the height of intellectual arrogance. The basis of that arrogance is the myth of White supremacy and the power to impact on people's life chances.
One way the academy helps in the maintenance of White supremacy is through ...