Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan

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  1. Johanan Rakkav

    Johanan Rakkav said, about 4 years ago

    Ah, NOW we understand why he calls the one tribe “servile”. They are actually slaves. And guess what, Tarzan fans? It has nothing to do with Europeans or imperialism or colonialism. Nosireebob, it has something to do with an all-too-common reality in African history, blacks enslaving blacks. (And if you think that’s fun, wait until you learn about Muslims enslaving both Europeans and black Africans at different periods of history. The numbers involved will astound you.)

    I don’t mean to speak against any particular group of people here. This is a human problem and always has been. Only the justifications have changed.

    Meanwhile, not every mainstream-Christian missionary that went into Africa (or anywhere else) wanted to be the vanguard of political exploitation, far from it. To deny this is to deny reality. Human beings are capable of perverting any noble purpose but it helps nothing to impose a stereotype on the complexities of such dealings.

  2. Johanan Rakkav

    Johanan Rakkav said, about 4 years ago

    (we now return you to our regularly scheduled romp in the jungle…)

  3. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Johanan Rakkav

    Actually, European Christians enslaved Muslims during the Middle Ages, too. And plenty of them. And in case you never noticed, the Roman Empire was a European civilization that had slaves fight to the death.

    As for the missionaries, I knew several in Africa. I’ve heard from other RPCVs that they knew missionaries who were quite lovely, but every single one I knew was more than a bit…off. Not to mention seriously racist. Like it or not, missionaries were always embedded in the colonial mindset (They weren’t there for any reason but to promote Christianity and European culture) and that mindset strongly preferred local people who didn’t fight back. Once some of those “docile” people got enough education to turn into a threat, well, that was a whole different story. And not a nice one.

    It’s funny the idea that Africans enslave other Africans was what you took from it. What immediately leaped to my mind was “Rwandan genocide,” an event that was set up in large part by Europeans manipulating different tribes against each other. So much for the “nice” tribes, huh?

  4. riverhawk

    riverhawk GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Paula R. Stiles

    Local people who didn’t fight back……like some students
    In the Catholic High Schools of the late fifties and early sixties.

  5. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 4 years ago

    That’s all very well and good, but it seems to me that Lady and the Missionary Man are interfering with capitalism! We built that!

  6. Polsixe

    Polsixe said, about 4 years ago

    Whoa, just a comic strip folks…Tarzan will be opening a can of whoop ass corn on the Mambus.

  7. Quartermain MILLER

    Quartermain MILLER said, about 4 years ago

    @Polsixe

    It seems to be the human condition to differ, we are all tribal to some degree, the friction and conflict to achieve power and dominance will persist as long as their is man.

  8. Buckster

    Buckster said, about 4 years ago

    The hierarchy runs ‘me, mine, ours’ and will stay that way until some outside threat shows up and it becomes ‘us’ vs ‘them’…

  9. Katman

    Katman said, about 4 years ago

    Just to “stay” on the subject: Did anyone watch Clint Eastwood’s speech at the RNC the other night……..?
    I guess I can go back to sleep now…..:)=

  10. Katman

    Katman said, about 4 years ago

    @Buckster

    Well stated in only two lines “Buckster”! :)=

  11. OldDoug

    OldDoug GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Katman

    Do you mean the debate between an empty suit and an empty chair? I think the chair won.

  12. cwreenactor

    cwreenactor GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Today is the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs, born September 1, 1875.

  13. Katman

    Katman said, about 4 years ago

    @cwreenactor

    Happy Birthday ERB and Thank You for providing us with and jungle action/adventure hero still very popular after all those years!
    :)= UMGOWA!~!

  14. Quartermain MILLER

    Quartermain MILLER said, about 4 years ago

    @Katman

    We’re all swingers and never stray too far from the vine.

  15. Quartermain MILLER

    Quartermain MILLER said, about 4 years ago

    @OldDoug

    Cheers!!

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