Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Is Africa the Dark Continent?

In our April gallery newsletter, we refer readers to one of our articles on African art and use the phrase Africa, the Dark Continent since this term has always been used to describe the mysterious continent, at least to folks in the western world.

Well, looks like one of our readers, an African from Africa, took offence to this phrase and took 'dark' as a negative. He claims that Africa was created in the light and that us westerners made it dark. Oh boy!

Of course, when we were using this term, we never intend it to mean anything derogatory to Africans. At the same time, we don't feel that the term 'dark continent' is being used as a negative and therefore we will not change the terms in our article or newsletter.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It does seem a rather insulting term and I know it causes a lot of offence to people of African origin - I am sure you meant no insult but it is an old colonial phrase and connotes a place that is dark and primitive - certainly an anachronism that is still generally used as it causes offence