In an interview with The World, the Cameroonian philosopher believed that French Africa, which is now “expensive, inefficient and cumbersome from a moral point of view,” must be replaced by a new relationship model.
As an important figure in contemporary thought, Emmanuel Macron appointed Achille Mbembe to prepare for the Africa-France summit scheduled to be held in Montpellier in October . The Cameroonian philosopher teaches history and politics at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In this interview world, He returned to the recognition of colonial crimes in certain European countries.
For a long time, Europe has not realized that part of itself comes from other places. Integrating this part into your own narrative will never weaken the scope and meaning of European identity. On the contrary, this recognition increases its potential for universality. Like any identity narrative, there is a part of his dark night, as evidenced by historical crimes such as slavery, the Holocaust, colonialism, and genocide. For this part of the evening, she must assume. Keep reminding it is the responsibility of human beings.
There is an ethical debate here. Should all repairs have financial considerations? If so, what is the cost of life? What is the value of 1.1 billion euros compared to 70,000 deaths and a sharp decline in population (from 40% in 1904 to 7% today)? Do we recommend that once these amounts are paid, the fault can be made up for? Crime no longer exists? Germany no longer assumes any kind of obligations to Namibia? Behind the compensation is the issue of life debt and human bonds. How do you repair relationships that have been so destroyed? This questioning is fundamental, otherwise it is not worth adding.
Absolutely. France and its former colonies in Africa must now ask themselves if they want to keep in touch. If so, what type and based on what common values? Perhaps some Africans no longer wish to have any contact with France. But what does this mean for the only worthy task of this century, which is to repair the earth and reconnect with all living things?
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