I apologise for hijacking your post about education, but it did lead elsewhere and left me wondering about your views on colonisation, especially the colonisation of Africa about which you seem to be extremely critical. I would genuinely like to know, where you think the colonisers went wrong and how things could have been better managed. This is not about mud-slinging and name-calling but a sincere attempt to understand why it is that you think that we, the colonisers and ‘white ruling class’ were so much at fault and what we could have and should have done better. That mistakes were made, I cannot disagree, but they were not all made with malice of forethought.
I asked you to explain how you think the colonisation of Africa should have taken place starting in 1488 when Bartholomew Diaz rounded the Cape. Of course you are right and I cannot expect you to rewrite history, but that was meant as a starting point at which, you might have claimed, it all went wrong, and Diaz should never have set out to explore foreign lands. You can take any period from then on to say this is where the colonisers went astray. Of course you are right to say that the motives of many weren’t half as laudable as I would have liked them to have been, but one has to put everything into the context of the period and prevailing cultures of the different racial and ethnic groups as well as the state of affairs that existed elsewhere in the world.
I would fully understand if it was my online personality that so irritated you and that your attitude was limited to that. But you seem to have taken against all white Africans. I cheerfully admit that I often display an arrogant attitude when discussing colonialism; deliberately so. I do it for effect, to provoke a reaction. I want people to tell me, not just that we were wrong, but why we were wrong and what were the mistakes we made. From my perspective, it appears that current events have justified the stance ‘we’ took during the colonial era. I happen to believe that we did more good than harm, and I think our objectives were more noble than many outsiders give us credit for. Bear in mind that we were there, they were not, nor did they remotely understand the situation on the ground.
So please, can we enter into a legitimate debate on the subject? Ask any questions and make any charges you like. I will endeavour to answer or counter them to the best of my ability. I would really like to know why you have such a low opinion of us and I would like to try and justify the path we took.