by Milton Allimadi
As European powers consolidated their colonial conquests in Africa, their book-writers and journalists churned out volumes of justifications for white supremacy. Not only were Africans unfit for self-rule, said the racial propagandists, Blacks were "too low down, too completely severed from the white," to even express indignation at being reduced to non-persons in their own countries. White writers were so brazen as to judge which African groups were most or least attractive and intelligent - praising the Masai, for example, as coming closest in appearance to "very respectable Europeans" while describing other Africans as "ape-like creatures." After generations of defamation, Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora were arguing among themselves over who "is closer to the white man."