Unformatted text preview: Nettie compares the Olinka's ethnocentrism to that of white Southerners: I think Africans are very much like white people back home, in that they think they are the center of the universe and that everything is done for them. Just as the slave traders arrived many years before and robbed Africa of its people, the roadbuilders now rob the Africans of their homes and lands. The Olinka did not realize that the road was going to run through their village. They are symbolically blind to progress that they cannot halt. In Letter 64, they befriended the roadbuilders, who were their distant cousins. Much like the time when blacks sold their brothers into bondage to the white man, the roadbuilders are again executing the will of ruling whites. Westernization, it is true, destroys frontier forests and sometimes destroys villages, but it brings new hope for women. Girls now attend school. It took the advent of the road to force the Olinka to accept hope for women....
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- Fall '11
- Nettie, destroys frontier forests