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An African Answer: A Key to Global Productivity.

Edgar J. Ridley's An African Answer--A Key to Global Productivity sounds the author's thesis on every page: in black communities, a symptomatic thought process must replace the traditional symbolic one. Ridley, an international management consultant, says Africa's political and economic problems stem from its misuse of symbolism.

Its leaders have relied too long on mythology and superstition. Symbolic decision-making, he claims, also plagues African-American growth. In his forward, Ridley says "black intellectuals too often turn away from social change and community development and focus microscopically on areas such as melanin in the skin." Melanin did not deter European conquest of African peoples.
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Author:Boyd, Herb
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 1993
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