The vile barbarism of racism is the principal psychosis of the modern world. The idea of races, as in referential to racism is the fabric of that psychosis. A fabric so engrained in European culture that people seldom notice it’s there. Small example, the subtle assertion of superiority on a census form where white appears at the top of a seemingly natural hierarchy. It is in these veiled structures that racism plays out, in abstractions that keep the population in perennial obedience to its rule.
The other psychosis, from a Pan-African view, is the tragedy of fractured identities in people of African descent. This internalised self-hatred and inferiority that mares the African psyche. As an African, the irony is that to challenge racism is also to challenge how one self has been racialised as a colour. It is to search how deep these colonial vestiges have taken root in the African soul, not just in our societies.
Over two evenings of ground-breaking lectures, dynamic historian and author Onyeka Nubia helps us to meet that challenge. In four powerful lectures he will lay out an untold history of the pseudoscience that created classifications around colour. Helping us understand how they became erroneous sociological constructions and built into the modern world. If we are to overcome the ideological myth of white superiority and black inferiority that’s deeply embedded in our society and consciousness, then we must start with and understand its history. If you think live untainted or free from the doctrine of colourism and racism? This series will make you think again, this is the silver bullet.
Timetable: April 17th
Lecture 1: 7pm -8pm
What is Scientific Racism?
The false antithesis of human divisions (genotypes & phenotypes)
Lecture 2: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Race as a Science
Social Darwinism to The Bell Curve and UNESCO 1950
Timetable: April 24th
Lecture 3: 7pm -8pm
Conditioning of the African psyche, definitions of hate, self hate and the etymology of black
Lecture 4: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
The Osmosis of Hate
Classifications, social reinforcements and denouncing inferiority
The Moors of Spain: Blackamoores, Moriscos and Barbaries Wednesday 16th May
'African history does not begin with slavery'
The esteemed African scholar Cheikh Anta Diop claimed that the Moors were not Africans. Was Diop right? It is certain the Moors played a fundamental part in Europe's renaissance. Do we have a problem believing that Africans were pivotal in developing civilisations? Do we think that Africans were only slaves? Unfortunately, a lot of modern rhetoric denigrates the contribution of Africans, to support an idea that Africans are not human. By denying their history you deny their humanity. Come with as at … as together with Onyeka and Narrative Eye as we reclaim history and reclaim humanity.
'Study the past if you intend to have a future.'
Venue: The Library at Willesden Green
95 High Road
Tickets: £2, pre-booking is essential
ABOUT NARRATIVE EYE
Narrative Eye is an organisation dedicated to promoting equality and social change through education. We are dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by African and African Caribbean people in the UK.
We promote the rich cultural and historical contribution made by people of African origin in the UK, through publishing literary works and research, producing plays and films. Our work also includes delivering courses, workshops and seminars on topics such as history, literature, and cultural and social issues.
We are committed to creating new and creative ways that enables African and African Caribbean people to participate fully in society and increase their social mobility, prosperity and employability. We are committed to raising the level of cultural awareness amongst Black Britons to enable them to overcome their social exclusion.
PAST PUBLICATIONS AND PLAYS
We have produced three novels including, Waiting to Explode, The Black Prince, and The Phoenix (which won the 2009 African Achievers award for Communication and Media). Our writer in residence is the historian and international researcher Onyeka. He has also produced The Whirlwind and the Storm, a West End theatre production about the life and times of Marcus Garvey. In 2013, Onyeka released his latest work, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins.
▪ The Freedom Project (2007)
▪ Mother Tongue (2008)
▪ The Black Poppy Project (2009-present)
▪ Beyond Black History Month (2010)
▪ UNIA Blue Plaque (2011)
▪ Born British (2012 - present)
▪ African Tudors in England (2013- present)
▪ African Tudors in the Curriculum campaign (2013 - present)
▪ The Empire Needs Men (2014 - present)
We provide tailor-made workshops to the specific needs of beneficiaries. We have presented work to a wide and diverse range of audiences. The majority of our educational work has been with participants from socially deprived communities across the UK with a high proportion of Black residents.
Company number 04134735