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A recurrent theme we will encounter this semester is resistance. As this course
A recurrent theme we will encounter this semester is resistance. As this course embraces the African-centered (Afrocentric) approach, we will center Africa and her inhabitants as subjects with agency rather than passive, marginalized others. In many narratives, to be discussed this semester, a primary act of resistance is to: Emphasize African humanity, intelligence, and self-actualization. This week's authors Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano both exemplify these themes. Wheatley is considered an icon of native "African genius" for her accomplishments as a poet. Taken directly from the Equiano study guide, this initial discussion forum is based on this theme. It requires you to reflect on the lectures and Equiano's narrative to discuss resistance and counter narration. Counter narration is the act of writing against the master or dominant narrative that offers misrepresentation and false information about a subject(s). Your discussion should respond to this two part question: Part 1. Briefly discuss how Wheatley's poetic talents and Equiano’s description of Africa might serve as a counter-narrative to the 18thcentury assumptions about Africa and Africans. (Refer to the PowerPoint lecture on the Enlightenment Age and textbook pages xxxviii-xxxix for prevailing 18th narratives on race). Part 2. Africans and Black people across the diaspora continue to face the damaging effects of biases and stereotypes (a preconceived notion, especially about a group of people). Discuss previous and current stereotypes about Black people, in particular, and the implications of such beliefs. How do these stereotypes compare with those about other groups? Further, perhaps share your own personal story of being stereotyped? Discuss the incident, your reactions, your current thoughts, and how you cope with such experiences. Share your story and remember to also respond to your peers' experiences. Craft a response that addresses the prompt thoughtfully and thoroughly. You're welcome to include links to external information, graphics, or videos to enrich your post, but be sure that the majority of what you share is your own unique response.

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