Is a little known type of Racism that plagued the world and eventually led to the enslavement of Africa as a continent. The source of this type of racism was the innocent but professional work of scientists who were trying to answer the race card:more specifically to answer who exactly the black man was, what type of man, what level of intelligence, what size of brain, whether there was any diminished emotional intelligence compared to the known white man.
In so many ways this shaped the scramble for Africa. The European states divided Africa amongst themselves to avoid wars between themselves and never considered there were people living in Africa. The black man wasn’t considered human in their traditional sense yet. This realization started crippling much much later after Africans took up arms and fought for their rights and property. And even then it isn’t an old forgotten belief, as some people today still believe in it.
Unfortunately when the White man invaded the African colonies they used the same crazy ideas to govern their subjects, as they believed races represented different levels of development in the human species. The trickle down effect led them to believe in different African tribes being in different levels of evolution.
In Rwanda-Urundi region they took to believed the lighter skinned and taller Tutsis were more evolved and had a potential for high intelligence than their Hutu counterparts as such they were awarded formal education and leadership positions.
In Kenya it took another angle where the colonialists believed the lighter skinned Mt Kenya region inhabitants were more evolved and had a high potential of intelligence than their western Kenya counterparts. They experimented and carried out research mostly in the 1930s and found out that most of the students in the then Alliance High school were from Mt Kenya region (about 80% of the population). As a result the white Colonial government went ahead to build more formal schools in the Mt Kenya region and invest in its people. They preferred to build more technical educational schools in Western & Nyanza regions as they deemed the population there had lesser potential for high intelligence.
This scientific racism turned into scientific tribalism fast and was the spark that set off the earliest tribal wars in African nations. In Kenya Alliance High school had its first student-led strike because of tribal wars(Central Kenya students Vs Western/Nyanza Kenya students)
In Rwanda Hutu & Tutsi leaders started killing each other as early as 1950s before independence was even granted to them and built up to the notorious Rwandan Genocide that stunned the world!!
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