Response to “Racial Hierarchies in Colonial Africa”

I thought that the contradiction between the pre-fascist Italian colonizers being “friendly” but also observing a kind of “natural” segregation was really thought-provoking. I liked that the article examined how image might have developed from an historical perspective.

What I thought was most interesting was the bit towards the beginning of the reading about the kinds of Italians who initially inhabited the African colonies. According to the reading, “Among the Italians in Eritrea were many more workmen, craftsmen, and masons than landowners” (85). I think it’s really important that the Italians did not come in and immediately take over the means of production, but instead they came as workers and did not claim the land for themselves.

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