By Trenton W.

The main time of the colonialism of Africa was between 1860 and 1920. Imperialism is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force, in the case of Africa it was all through militaristic might. The driving force of European Imperialism in Africa was nationalism which manifested itself as competition between European nations, cultural superiority known as the white man’s burden and a desire to increase a nation’s resources through trade. This desire to further a goal through taking from Africans is a stark comparison for how the scientists at Johns’ Hopkins stole Henrietta Lacks’ cells by tricking her in order to further their own medical research instead of actually caring for her.

Nationalism in European countries was one of the leading causes of imperialism Africa you could say the doctors of Johns’ Hopkins had a similar feelings towards their work viewing it to be more important than another human beings life, just because that human is a black woman.

The white man’s burden could also be used as an example for the doctors viewing their work on Henrietta as a burden because she is black and she isn’t even worth their time if she did not have her unique immortal cells.

Many people would Argue that white Europeans are a cancer itself on Africa like the cancer that manifested in Henrietta’s cervix, and like a cancer the white Europeans took resources from Africa and slowly hurt the continent as if it was a living being. I personally like to symbolize Henrietta as Africa, strong and independent as she was and Johns’ Hopkins and it’s doctors as Europe and its colonizers how they had the potential to help but instead damaged Africa/Henrietta in pursuit of their own selfish desires.

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A political cartoon named “Gold Diggers” by Polyp.org.uk which displays Africa as drained of resources to benefit Europe and North America.

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