The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race by Jemima Pierre

The Predicament of Blackness tackles the question of race in West Africa through its postcolonial manifestations. Examining key facets of contemporary Ghanaian society, from the pervasive significance of “Whiteness,” to the practice of chemical skin-bleaching, to the government’s active promotion of Pan-African heritage tourism, Jemima Pierre shows not only that race and racism have persisted in Ghana after colonialism, but also that the beliefs and practices of this modern society all occur within a global racial hierarchy.

We found this book to be extremely informative in explaining why there is so much disinformation between Africans in the Diaspora and those on the continent. From the CIA organized and funded American Society on African Culture (AMSAC), Ghana’s highly problematic Joseph Project, to the neoliberalization of Pan-Africanism, it becomes very clear that Africans throughout the world are systematically and methodically placed at the bottom of the global political economy. This must be properly understood if Revolutionary Pan-Africanism is to progress from an amorphous objective, to a material reality.

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