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ADW 112Dr. BusdieckerCritical EssayColonialism: Another Form of SlaveryMichaela Easley[email protected]3/30/2017
Michaela EasleyThe concept of colonialism is very complex and it can be analyzed from various angles. From a European colonizer’s perspective, colonialism was viewed as a method that promoted civilization in underdeveloped countries. However, Aime Cesaire, a black intellectual, would claim that colonialization was merely justified savagery. These perspectives portray colonialism very differently. Nonetheless, the perspective that speaks the most truth is Cesaire’s. Colonialization was anything but civilizing. It was very brutal, and it exploited numerous Africancountries like the Congo. Colonialism was like another form of slavery in many parts of Africa because of the savage-like treatment of colonizers and the damaging effects it had onthe indigenous people, their culture, and their advancement in society. The brutal treatment the colonizers inflicted on the indigenous African people was just as savage-like as the actions that took place during slavery in the Americas. Slavery in the Caribbean, in particular, was very brutal. Slave owners acted as if they did not value the lives of the African descended people they captured. They forced enslaved people to work unreasonably long hours, and they tortured them in the most inhumane ways. Slave owners literally worked slaves to death because they knew they could be easily replaced. Instead of viewing them as human beings, many slave owners only valued the profit these enslaved people would bring them. This mentality was prevalent among the European colonizers because they treated the indigenous people horribly and used them and their natural resources for their own economic advancement. As Aime Cesaire states in Discourse on Colonialism“relations of domination and submission which turn the colonizing man into… a slave driver, and the indigenous man into an instrument of production” (pg. 42).
Michaela EasleyColonization had damaging effects on several African civilizations. Colonizers not only

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