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From Library Journal
Like Stephen Howe's Afrocentrism (LJ 5/15/98) and Mary Lefkowitz's Not Out of Africa (LJ 2/1/96), this book is a discourse on the historiography of "Afrocentrism." In this boldly conceived and well-executed analysis, Walker (history, Univ. of California, Davis) basically questions Afrocentrism as a form of historical consciousness. He argues that it is based on "European romantic racialism" and is a "therapeutic mythology" designed to restore the self-esteem of black Americans damaged and disoriented by "Eurocentrism." Like Howe, Walker critically analyzes, and in some cases debunks, "truth claims" (e.g., ancient Egypt and not Greece as the progenitor of Western civilization) in the writings of leading proponents of Afrocentrism like Molefi Asante, John H. Clarke, Yosef Ben-Jochannan, and Maulana Karenga. He equates Afrocentrism with white conservatives' views of black Americans' problems and sees Afrocentrism as a form of "Totalitarian groupthink" within the context of contemporary black political and cultural politics. This fantasy or "Afromessianism" as he renames it is dangerous for even black Americans today and poses a threat to cross-racial alliances. Intriguing and challenging, this work will appeal to scholars and students of African American studies and race relations in America.
Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach