Welcome to a round-up of the latest additions to The Africanist. You’ve probably noticed – we changed our name earlier this month to give our resource library a snappier and more relevant title.

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Publications

Films

This month we’ve added a film about the inspirational poet, author and politician Ama Ata Aidoo whose rich life story offers great insight into her perspective on education and colonialism. A key point within this film is her speech at 30.40. This film also offers a language lesson with commentary in English, Twi and Danish!

Articles

There are five new articles this week. The first is by Douglas Starr focusing on the work of Jennifer Eberhardt and her team into the roots and ramifications of unconscious bias and how social conditions can interact with the workings of our brain to determine our responses to other people.

The second is a Nursing Times article by Megan Ford which explores the inequalities faced by nurses from the Black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are treated with lesser value despite their personal sacrifices in the COVID-19 pandemic. It looks at the way they are more likely to be positioned in more harmful situations on hospital wards and how generally ethnic minorities in our society are more likely to experience multiple deprivations that impact on their health chances.

The third is a report by Sean Coughlan about the discovery of Matilda McCrear by historian Hannah Durkin. McCrear is now thought to be the last living enslaved African who was forced to make the journey from Africa to the United States. She lived and died in Selma, Alabama in 1940 which was three years later than Redoshi (previously believed to be the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade). This article gives an insight into the remarkable life of McCrear who survived adversity and had 14 children.

The fourth is by Joel Bourne, about the discovery of the last American slave ship, the Clotilda, which was found in Alabama’s Mobile River after a year-long search. The Clotilda was still smuggling enslaved Africans into the U.S. in 1860, 50 years after importing slaves was made illegal. This article (including a film) is an account of the history of the ship and how it was discovered, with responses from the descendants.

The fifth is a Guardian article by Hsaio-Hung Pai that demonstrates the overt experiences of Africans living in Guangzhou, China who are being demonised over COVID-19 with prejudice that tracks back centuries. Their current lived experience sees them being refused access to hospitals, hotels, supermarkets, shops and food outlets.

Directory

Four links have been added to the Directory.

The first is from Black Central Europe, a website that uses historical investigation to challenge the assumption that the Black Diaspora in Europe are a new presence since most people do not have an awareness of a history that covers over 1000 years.

The second is Charity So White which originated from an online conversation that started taking the lead on tackling and rooting out racism in the charity sector. It aims to tackle the racist stereotypes about communities of colour.

The third is Ubele which is an organisation that provides support and resources to a range of community-based organisations through social action, community enterprise development and next generation leadership initiatives.

The fourth is Spark & Co which is a resource hub set up in response to the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups.

Summary

Publications

  • Articles (Bias and social conditioning, COVID-19 in the NHS, last enslaved African, slave ship discovered, Chinese racism)
  • Films (Ama Ata Aidoo)

Directory

  • Black Central Europe
  • Charity so White
  • Ubele
  • Spark & Co

Image – Elmina, Ghana (Credit: Isaac Acheampong)

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