NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 111

At that juncture, in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, non-European societies with intellectual and political elites capable of reorganizing their people to take control of their lands and resources set to work doing so. In particular, China opted out of the imperial system, choosing autonomous development under the Communist Party, a ruling elite which, though paying generous lip service to the European doctrine of Marxism, in its organizational practice owed a great deal more to the ancient Chinese strategic doctrines of Sun Tzu and to the institutional values of such classic expressions of Chinese culture as Outlaws of the Marsh and The Three Kingdoms. In Africa also, at the time, came the chance for elites with new organizational ideas to replace the decayed colonial system, born through dismemberment, maintained through division, and projected toward the future through an educational system that made young Africans deliberately ignorant of African history, philosophy, and culture, the better to ensure that all formally educated Africans would become so thoroughly dependent on Europe that when challenged to seek such crucial resources as rational modes of thought, they would turn au ѽ