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“The European imagination, based on its materialistic value system, in which greed for the accumulation of wealth and power was the motive force could explain Africa, Africans and their resistance to oppression only in European terms of bestiality and evil. Their narrowness, ignorance, brutality and false arrogance could never make them envisage African resistance within the framework of a specific religious, political, economic, social, cosmic pan-African Brotherhood System. It is around this base that it is organized. The resistance in the Palmares quilombo, as those elsewhere, will never be understood without a preliminary understanding of African civilization, and the high spirituality which controlled every move and mood of the cycle of life. This cycle did not die with physical death but continued in its metaphysical form with the African slaves. That was what they sought in their armed resistance against the oppressors. They were ‘reclaiming their minds.’ In the quilombos of Cuba, called palenques, once free from slavery, blacks rejected the narrowness and elements of western civilization thrust upon them by the slaveholders and returned to their African roots, to the way of life of their ancestors.”

Dr. Edward Scobie
“Global Afrikan Presence”
Page 193


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