The tragedy of Africa is that the African has never really entered history. The African peasant has known only the endless renewal of time via the perpetual repetition of the same actions and the same words. Within such a mindset, where everything continually starts again, there is no place for human adventure nor for any idea of progress.

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

Development was thus reduced to a continuation of the process of colonisation; it became an extension of the project of wealth creation in modern Western patriarchy’s economic vision, which was based on the exploitation or exclusion of women (of the West and non-West), on the exploitation and degradation of nature, and on the exploitation and erosion of other cultures.

In the real Africa, it is sensuality that hinders man […] These peoples have never surpassed themselves, have never gained a foothold in history. […] This Africa remains in its calm, torpid sensuality which does not propel it forward. It has not yet entered history and has no other connection with history than the fact that its inhabitants were, in more impoverished times, used as slaves.

European opulence is literally a scandal for it was built on the backs of slaves, it fed on the blood of slaves, and it owes its very existence to the soil and subsoil of the underdeveloped world.

Because they are by nature slaves, barbarians, crude and cruel beings, they rejected the rule of the wise, powerful and noble, rather than accepting it for their own good as a principle derived from natural justice, according to which the physical body should be subjected to an expression of the soul, desire to reason, irrational animals to rational man; which is to say that the imperfect should be subjected to the perfect, the inferior to the superior.

According to this, in addition to undeniable colonial atrocities, social destruction, structural changes at the economic level and mental trauma, there are also changes without which no development would be possible, such as the development of school and health systems, infrastructures and the penetration of the “European spirit”.

In hot countries, men mature more quickly in every respect but they do not attain the perfection of the temperate zones. Humanity achieves its greatest perfection with the white race. The yellow Indians have somewhat less talent. The Negroes are much inferior and some of the peoples of the Americas are well below them.

Fourth, we must embark on a bold new programme for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of undeveloped areas.

Poor countries – and poor people – differ from rich ones not only because they have less capital but because they have less knowledge (…) Indeed, even greater than the knowledge gap is the gap in the capacity to create knowledge.

White racist notions are so deep-rooted within capitalist society that the failure of African agriculture to advance was put down to the inherent inferiority of the African. It would be much truer to say that it was due to the white intruders, although the basic explanation is to be found not in the personal ill-will of the colonialists or in their racial origin, but rather in the organised viciousness of the capitalist/colonialist system.

If we have to drive our people to paradise with sticks, we will do it!

… for wherever it is found that the sheep of any soil yield a softer and richer wool than ordinary, there the nobility and gentry, and even those holy men, the abbots! not contented with the old rents which their farms yielded (…) They stop the course of agriculture, destroying houses and towns, reserving only the churches, and enclose grounds that they may lodge their sheep in them.

The United States must take stock of its economic programmes abroad … we want [the poor countries] to work out their economic salvation by relating themselves to us and by using our way of achieving their economic development.

Development cooperation means helping people to help themselves. It is value-oriented, but it is also interest-driven. I never made a secret of it. Development cooperation does not have to be harmful to German companies.

Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Give him a fishing rod and he can feed himself. Alternatively, don’t poison the fishing waters, abduct his great-grandparents into slavery, then turn up 400 years later on your gap year talking a lot of sh*te about fish.

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