Obama and liberal Afro-pessimism

  • Ian Glenn University of the Free State, South Africa
Keywords: Afro-pessimism, Afro-optimism, Western liberal orthodoxy, Speech, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Rhetoric, African Union, Rhetorical criticism

Abstract

This article disputes academic accounts of Afro-pessimism, which see it as a product of ideological or discursive bias in the viewer, or as a crude generalisation across very different countries and cultures by examining the context for and major themes of Afro-pessimism after 1994. In particular, it shows that modern Afro-pessimism is largely a product of liberal concerns and liberal media. It demonstrates the salience of these themes by showing how they permeate and influence former US President Barack Obama’s African outlook by a close reference to his speech to the Ghanaian parliament in 2009 and suggests that they may provide the context for the views of current US President Donald Trump.

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Published
2017-11-06
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