A Critical Analysis of the Narration in Basil Davidson’s “Different but Equal”


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A Critical Analysis of the Narration in Basil Davidson's “Different but Equal”
This paper offers an analytical review of the video, “Different but equal,” narrated by Basil Davidson. The paper explores the assumptions of the documentary, considers the intended audience, ponders whether any overt/covert agendas are to be found, examines the language of the film and notes its importance as a historical document. In the final analysis, Davidson has produced a work that is intended for educated white audiences that have an anthropological curiosity about native Africans. Beyond that, though it is tempting to dismiss the video as patronizing, one is hard-pressed to find examples of such condescension (at least conscious condescension) in the...
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.....ere black and white equality was not assumed to be a given. In that regard, whilst Davidson never appears patronizing himself, his efforts to defend African ancient civilization reveals a great deal about the battles waged by people like himself in earlier decades to gain for Africans a measure of respect. Naturally, there will always be debate about whether Davidson was being “condescending” in his descriptions of African culture; this writer believes such was not the case but, plainly, his fixation upon showing the equality of the black people of Africa can be interpreted in a less generous light.
Davidson, Basil. “Different but equal.” Google Videos. 25 Sept. 2009 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1529743144647466655#