The Ideology of EurAfrica

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The interdependence amongst Africa and Europe together seems to be quite a vital aspect of each continent’s survival. As Africa depends on the money, technology and brain smarts of the European countries, these countries depend on Africa for many things in return. Since the early 1400’s with slave trade, Africa has been tied to Europe culturally, economically, and politically, as they are the provider of the raw materials that Europe could never produce at an equal price. Many people throughout the world today view the overall interdependence of these two continents as an inseparable aspect. In all reality, Africa’s economic potential is enormous, and has yet to be exploited. “But in order to realize this enormous potential, Africa must sever the umbilical cord that still ties it to Europe and start looking inwards” (Martin, Africa in World Politics: A Pan-African Perspective). In contrast with the concept of EurAfrica, I believe that Africa possesses the ability to switch from interdependent to independent by integration of its own continent, a process that would include nixing Europe’s role completely. The concept of EurAfrica, explained thoroughly by Guy Martin in his reading Africa in World Politics: A Pan-African Perspective is the “…justification by the European ruling classes of their political domination, economic exploitation, and cultural subjugation of the African territories and people.” EurAfrica is based on two single concepts—complementarity and interdependence. These concepts, made by Europe, attempt to portray an even relationship between the two continents. Europe developed this ideology to justify its reasoning behind using Africa to become stronger. Simply put, the ideology of EurAfrica is an attempt at justification for colonialism. Although colonialism has surely been justified in many ways, it allows Europe to exploit Africa as

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