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The European powers had created a situation of economic dependency political fragmentation and technological stagnation from the first days they set foot upon African soil According to Walter Rodney a black activist from Guyana slavery and colonialism were the very movements Europeans implemented to divide and conquer the Africans and exploit African resources for their own purposes Walter Rodney is not alone in his beliefs since many writers movie producers and activists have followed the same trend Rodney so intricately wrote about in his book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa These other writers producers and activists strongly support Rodneys thesis in their own works However although it can be seen that the colonialists are to blame for the underdevelopment of African one fault on the part of the current African population is that they have become strong admirers of European culture Therefore the undermining of African culture continues even today This fault can be attributed to the Europeans for pushing their culture into the minds of the Africans and against the Africans for not remembering their roots Although slavery and colonialism implemented by the Europeans thoroughly underdeveloped Africa the Africans of today must not only realize this but also rid themselves of European admiration yet continue to struggle against the challenges they will face in the future The first step in the architecture of aggression against the Africans was the triangular slave trade pattern between the Americas Europe and Africa The slave trade began as early as the 1500s not long after Columbus had discovered the New World Essentially the triangle followed a sequence in which the first step involved the African slaves being shipped from all regions of Africa to the Americas The slaves worked on farms and grew raw materials that were then shipped to Europe where the raw materials were then used in the manufacturing of goods The goods were then exported to slave traders living in Africa The effects of the slave
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