“I got this African chick with Eddie Murphy on her skull
She like, “Jigga Man, why you treat me like animal?”
I’m like excuse me Ms. Fufu, but when I met your ass
you was dead broke and naked, and now you want half”
These lyrics were written and spoken by an African-American, but even in Africa itself, there is this image of naked savages in search of a pale savior, the false history of Africa pushed by colonialists and racists across the globe. Arabized historians, Talmud scholars, the authors of the Bible and many others have used the stereotype of the African too savage to dress, caught midway between (pale) man and beast, to justify slavery and racism.
Well, it’s wrong. Many Africans not only knew how to make clothes, but also wore them, including shoes. Everyone seems to know it but Africans themselves… [READ MORE…]