Response paper “From the Interesting Narrative of Aloud Equation” Samuel Boylston Arizona State university HAST 101 : Global History Since 1500 July 17, 2015 This essay explores the Interesting Narrative of Aloud Equation from Sources of World Societies volume II, since 1450. Second Edition, with an intention of responding to specific questions relating to inter alai, perspectives expressed in the narrative as well as the cultures during the time period when the events being narrated occurred. The narrative is about Aloud Equation, who was born in 1 745, in Oboe, in present day Nigeria .
The story is being narrated by Equation himself, and he uses the narrative to walk the reader through different events and cultures, both in his home village and overseas. A number of perspectives, including slavery, civilization/sophistication, religion, business, and freedom are all expressed within the various sources that characterize the narrative. Equation begins his narration in Oboe, where he talks about his sister and himself being left at home to take care of the home as the rest of the family members leave for their duties in the farm and markets (Ward & Against, 2011 , p. 4). He discusses his native African culture, in terms of traditional customs associated with food, clothing, and even religious practices (Ward & Against, 201 1, p. 94). It is apparent how Equation loves his culture, in terms of food, dressing, as well as the fact that he ;s able to be in the company of his younger sister. We see a culture that embraces unity, love and hard work. The fact that Quinoa’s family members have left for work in the farm and markets is a demonstration of a people that believe in hard work.
Equation advances an argument, suggesting that the inhabitants of Oboe are eke the early Jews, and the characteristic of dark African skin is because of Africans’ exposure to the hot tropical climatic conditions. He establishes a somewhat rare relationship between Africans and Christian Europeans, when he says that Africans may be indirectly related to the European Christians via their Jewish ancestry. At this point, Equation openly rejects slavery, a practice he argues is an affront to humanity (Ward & Against, 2011).
He views the slave traders as polished and haughty. In fact, according to Equation, the “polished ND haughty” Europeans are perpetrating slavery against native Africans because they consider such Africans as uncivilized and inferior. He believes that the native Africans owe their current status to nature, and reminds the “polished and haughty” Europeans that their ancestors were once like Africans, “uncivilized, and even barbarous (Ward & Against, 2011, p. 97; Shields, 2008). I tend to share some of the views expressed by Equation in this particular source. For instance, slavery during this time period was characterized by ruthlessness and other inhumane conducts, which in my view, violated the universality of human rights. In fact, I completely agree with Equation that slavery was an affront to humanity. However, I tend to differ with Equation in claiming that inhabitants of Oboe are like the Early Jews, and that Africans may be relatives of Christian Europeans via their Jewish ancestry.
I do not find a connection therein nor do I think that there is any known existing historical documentation that seem to support Quinoa’s theory regarding the relationship between the natives of Oboe and the early Jews. I have only come across historical accounts alluding to a relationship teen Native Americans and African Americans. For instance, a study conducted in Colorado found that most residents of Colorado had “Shaken mutation,” a condition that was occasioned by the modification in BRACE gene, and increases one’s risk of contracting breast and ovarian cancer (McKay, 2009).
The long-standing history between the Jews and Native Americans dates back 600 years ago, when a number of Jews began moving to America on scholarship (Ward & Against, 2011). Similarly, Martin Luther King Junior talks of A Jewish-dominated West Side of Chicago, where he claims that charity of the landlords and property owners were Jews (Ward & Against, 201 1). This seems to suggest that the Jews may have had cousins in Native Americans or African Americans. Nevertheless, I have not come across any historical literature attempting to establish a link, directly or indirectly, between the Jews and Native Africans.
I therefore think that Quinoa’s argument may have been childish and naive, given that he was only 1 1 years of age at the time he made the assertions. At the age of eleven, and when the rest of the family members were out and bout, Equation and his younger sister are kidnapped and sold to slave traders, who ferry them to the West Indies. He describes his ordeal during his time in slavery. Equation ;s perspective of the slave traders is that they are brutal, unkind, unfair, lack of respect for humanity.
This is apparent where he describes how his fellow slaves were bungled in a room by their masters in a very inhumane way, and without due regard to gender or age of the slaves. Equation not only shows his open hatred for the slave traders, but is also openly opposed to slavery and the way it was carried out. As the journey of Equation to slavery advances, we are introduced to a completely different culture, a culture characterized by a range of astonishing sights, long voyages, Christianity, education, as well as other elements of modernism.
While he continues to serve his masters diligently, Equation is determined to achieve his goals: – acquiring a descent education and remaining committed to the Almighty God (Bug, 2007; Staccatos, 1997). As he moves around the world – from America to England, he is determined to achieve his goals. His conviction s that one day he will be a free being, capable of determining his own destiny. Through hard work, unreserved service to his various masters, as well as his belief in God, Equation is able to realize his goals, despite the numerous challenges he faces in the process.
The second culture (I. E. The European culture) appears to be the direct opposite of the first one (I. E. The Native African culture). For instance, we see a culture that embraces discoveries through long voyages, that which advances master-servant relationships, while perceiving others as lesser beings (Ward Against, 201 1). However, we still have some members of this culture who still believe in equality of all and the need to support the less fortunate in the society.
For instance Miss Queries and Robert King are kind to Equation, and even strive to see that he receives a good education. However, majority members of the English culture appear to be very uncomfortable with the African culture. For instance, when Captain Michael Henry Pascal purchases Equation, he decides to rename the 1 1 -year old Equation as Gustavo Vass. This shows how uncomfortable Pascal was with the boys African names. As a rational human person, believe in cultural tolerance or cultural relativism.
I tend to differ with the perspective of the English culture and those who subscribed to it, to the extent that it viewed the African culture as naive, uncivilized, primitive, backward, and irrelevant. In fact, this perhaps was the notion behind slave trade in most parts of West Africa at that time. Cultural chauvinism defines most members of the English culture like Pascal, who perceive the African culture as inferior. This perspective in my view are intolerant and oblivious of the whole purposes of God’s creation of mankind.
I believe that cultural diversity should be identified and promoted, and that all of humankind should construe our various cultures and our strengths. Also hold that all cultures must be regarded as unique and not inferior -? it would be inaccurate and perhaps insensitive and irrational to describe a particular culture as inferior. In conclusion, and as an outside observer, I would want to be part of the African culture, for the main reason that I would want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that no culture should be perceived as inferior and that our arioso cultures are our strengths.
I would want to popularize the African culture, since realized that the perception that the African culture is inferior is perhaps founded on ignorance about the African culture as well as the shyness exhibited by most subscribers to this culture like Equation, to popularize their culture. I would want to make people understand the beauty in the African culture.