The message preached by Missionaries encouraged Africans to rebel against everything that formed the foundation of African family and society.They even preached that salvation could only be obtained through formal work which meant one had to earn a paycheck.The connection can be found in the “callers” who prompt dancers to adopt different figures like the do-si-do and allemande—and the way in which the dances themselves became an American art form.Square dances grew out of European country or contra dances and reels exported from Scotland and England.But the dance style’s lily-white reputation hides something unexpected, writes Philip A.Jamison: A deep African-American history that’s rooted in a legacy of slavery.
But when white dancers took to the ballroom floor to, say, “Dos â Dos,” they were often accompanied by black people.
In many cases Christian conversion looked more like European Capitalist conversion and the plunder of African resources.
Robert Moffat, a famous missionary wrote about Mzilikazi and the Ndebele (Zimbabwe) in 1857, “His government, is one of tyranny and intrigue, lies and blood. I often feel willing to suffer anything or die any kind of death it fit would only result in the moral renovation of the Matabele, their deliverance from their present awfully degraded condition.” Missionaries came with the attitude that all things European were superior to all things African.
This article is not an indictment against the Christian faith or the sacred Christian text but an analysis of some of the missionaries who forsook the teachings of the Holy Bible the sacred text of Christianity in favor of government trinkets.
It is a fact that some of these missionaries assisted their governments in the subjugation of Africans.