Reviewing these debates, I have been puzzled by their use of sweeping
undefined terms such as African Values versus Western Values.
It has seemed to me that it is assumed that there is agreement on
their meaning when it becomes clear that there is no such universal
acceptance of the content of such labels. It seems to me that attached
to such a distinction there is a sentiment or spiritual mystique reminiscent
of Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor’s concept of negritude
developed by Francophone West African thinkers in the 1930s
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