After watching Classic Man throughout this semester, I have picked up on many key parts of the video that have led me to learn new things about the continent of Africa. I have learned about Dandies and how their fashion came about. I have done research on the head wear and hairstyles that have risen around the continent. I have even learned about the education system in Nigeria and how it was initially directed towards the Western world. With all of this knowledge about the continent, I believe that the best way to wrap things up for this semester is to talk about the phrase that was written on the chalk board in the music video Classic Man. Those influential words were none other than “pressure is privilege.
When I first saw this phrase, I confused me because I didn’t know how pressure could be turned into privilege. Then I decided to think deeper about this phrase and see what I could pull out of it. After spending some time thinking about this phrase, I took viewed it as how stress can turn into a diamond. In other words, dealing with pressure means that there are high expectations for oneself. The continent of Africa has been dealing with pressure for more than a century. This goes to show that there is a very high expectation for Africa both for its people and its land.
As we all already know, Africa is home to very diverse people with many different backgrounds, but one thing most Africans have in common is the value of their land. For instance, Namibia has iron ore, gold, chromite, bauxite, and limestone (Minerals in ‘German’ West Africa, 1917). These minerals are worth a lot and if the Namibians were able to control their minerals before the Germans colonized the land, their economy would be booming. The same goes for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their tantalum. This mineral is used in all cell phones across the world! Once again, if the DRC had control of the tantalum industry, their economy would also be booming.
It is really unfortunate how European nations came together to exploit the lands of Africa. I believe the idea of the colonizing Africa had only one main purpose, to make more money. To control the land that has those minerals would cost a lot less than having to buy from the people who would live there. Along with the racist propaganda and people believing that it was the white man’s burden to civilize all other races it lead to the demise of a great continent. Africa is just now getting back on its feet and it will take a long time to recover from what Europe has done to them historically. But I believe that this pressure that the continent of Africa faces will lead to them becoming a booming continent again in the future.
“MINERALS IN ‘GERMAN’ WEST AFRICA.” Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, vol. 65, no. 3385, 1917, pp. 768–768. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41347469.