Acronym for : Christianization Of Negroes


Copyright David G. Wilson

Oil on canvas, 74"x38",1993;Collection of the artist.

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This painting has frequently been misinterpreted as a religious one. It is neither intended to be religious nor sacreligious. It is quite political and simply relates to the misuse of Christianity in the conversion of African people; colonial conquest being the main objective.

The South Africans say that when the missionaries came to Africa, they were cordially welcomed. There was a mutual agreement between the natives and the missionaries to close their eyes, kneel and pray. Unfortunately for the African, he oblidged on the issue of closing his eyes. On opening them, he realized that the missionary had already built his church, choosing for himself the best lands and leaving the African holding the bible. In this picture, the missionary can faintly be seen with his red gown and umbrella. He represents the blood of Christ, but is it the blood of Christ or the blood sucked that turns the tick red? Before Christianity, Africans had religion. There was the ancient Egyptian God of wisdom and scripture,Thoth (the sacred ibis). There was also Amon Re, the sun-god, Shango and many more whom the missionaries denegrated out of a feeling of superiority.

Western historians try to divorce Egypt from Africa, but the last time I looked at the map, it was still there and has always been there. When I look at the images in the Egyptian buildings, I think I see black Africans, if my sight serves me right. So, it is time that historians stop referring to and differenciating between northern and Sub- Saharan Africa.

However, this painting only expresses the opinion that although the conversion to christianity was a noble act(and I believe in the tenets if christianity), it cost the African a considerable price- his liberty, freedom of thought, criterion of beauty and self esteem.

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