In An Image of Africa, Chinua Achebe calls out Joseph Conrad for his racist attitudes in Heart of Darkness. Achebe contents that despite the fact that Conrad's novel is a blistering attack on Colonialism in the Congo, his characters are mere stereotypes. Introduce viewers to the key ideas in Achebe's lecture with a short video.
- Include the video in a unit study of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
- Have groups apply Achebe's criticisms of Conrad's one-dimensional characters to his own Things Fall Apart
- A protocol must in place for the the safe, mature discussion of controversial issues like racism and white privilege
- The narrator's explanation of Achebe's criticism is specific and direct
- The video compares Achebe's ideas to the advertising on a cereal bar