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In Response To: Re: THE FAR-FAR WEST ()

This thread is extremely interesting. Much of the information on the Azores I was not aware of. It really is quite amazing what a vehement and emotional investment some people have in "disproving" an African connection! I have seen this time and again in many scholarly circles when research points to an African presence among a particular people or part of the world. You'll remember the controversy stirred up when Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University ("They Came Before Columbus") suggested that the ancient Olmec civilization in Mexico had African antecedents. Unfortunately and sadly Blackness or African-ness still carries a stigma apparently. I am not knowledgeable enough to say just what the historical facts are with regards to African-descended peoples in the Azores. I would just caution that we should be ever aware and vigilant about what lies beneath the dialogue.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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