Albert Schweitzer's Warning to White People in Africa (2024)

Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) was an Alsatian who dedicated his life to alleviating the suffering of Blacks in Africa, likely due to his Christian convictions. He was extremely intelligent and excelled in many fields (music, theology, philosophy and medicine), which means he could have easily led a very comfortable life anywhere in Europe, but instead he chose to become a medical missionary in Africa.

Mark Richardson details some of Schweitzer’s work in a Google Groups thread about his apparent “racism”:

Someone else has made passing reference to Dr Schweitzer’s achievements and dedication. Perhaps it might be as well to just summarise briefly what these were. He was awarded doctorates of Philosophy, Music, Theology and later he added to these doctorates in Medicine and Surgery. These last in order to give up what could have been a glittering career in Europe to become a medical missionary. He went to Lambarene in 1913 and stayed there, with breaks for fund raising until 1949. His aim was to serve his fellow man and to encourage others, by his example, to do likewise.

The main thrust of the medical mission was to combat leprosy. Nowadays this is not something that holds out too many terrors for us. At the beginning of this century it was still a word to chill the blood and people who voluntarily went out to place themselves in contact with sufferers were considered to be placing themselves at very serious risk of contracting the disease. In other words it took courage and selfless dedication.

Due to Schweitzer’s dedication he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1951.

However, his “African Notebook” from 1939 has a quote that has elicited cries of “RACISM!”

I have given my life to try to alleviate the sufferings of Africa. There is something that all white men who have lived here like I must learn and know: that these individuals are a sub-race. They have neither the intellectual, mental, or emotional abilities to equate or to share equally with white men in any function of our civilization. I have given my life to try to bring them the advantages which our civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: the superior and they the inferior. For whenever a white man seeks to live among them as their equals they will either destroy him or devour him. And they will destroy all of his work. Let white men from anywhere in the world, who would come to Africa, remember that you must continually retain this status; you the master and they the inferior like children that you would help or teach. Never fraternize with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or they will devour you. They will destroy you.”

Although I have never been to Africa, I must assume that Schweitzer is speaking the absolute truth as he knows it, and if the truth is “racist” then so be it.

His 1914 “Primeval Forest” has a similar quote about relations between White and Black people.

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Apparently Schweitzer’s formula was successful for him and he was able to accomplish what he set out to do, which unfortunately added to the booming population bomb that is Africa. We must remember that such misguided altruism will always come back to bite us in the end. Schweitzer was a “race realist” but he certainly was not a “White racist.”

Daryl in the aforementioned Google Groups thread accurately defends Schweitzer against accusations of racism.

So, a man who gave most of his life to others, all along viewed them as his inferiors. How many of those who view others as their equals do nothing for them at all (or feel that it’s not necessary, since they’re “your equals”, and *you* are doing fine)? Would *you* rather have your life saved by someone who thought of you as an inferior lifeform (hmm, how do you know your own doctor doesn’t see you this way?) or would you rather die?

Schweitzer’s views are not inconsistent with his time, either. The majority of white Europeans, Americans and Australians would have agreed. Very, very few served their fellow human beings as well as Schweitzer. If he was a white racist, then he was a white racist who left a stable job, in a comfortable nation, to study for several years to become a doctor, sold up his possessions, was baulked numerous times by ignorant authorities, and served decades in Africa as a medical missionary (undoubtedly suffering many of the local diseases, weather, bad food, and other privations), specifically in order to benefit black Africans, whom he felt deserved this action on his behalf. Pick another target.

Maybe Schweitzer should just have his Nobel Prize removed posthumously. Actually, there is no great move to “cancel” Schweitzer since most people these days likely do not know who he is, or the jewish mainstream media would like to hide the fact that this White humanitarian, who became an expert on the subject of Africa, actually spoke such words.

In fact the passage in question from “African Notebook” was removed from later editions. It is kind of like how certain “racist” (accurate) quotes by esteemed historical figures have been forgotten, though I am sure cancel Commie culture will come for all dead White men, no matter what they did to alleviate the suffering of Blacks.

For example, Thomas Jefferson once said:

Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate, than that these people are to be free; nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government.’

While speaking to a group of Black community leaders at the White House in 1862, Abraham Lincoln said:

Why should the people of your race be colonized, and where? Why should they leave this country? This is, perhaps, the first question for proper consideration. You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If this be admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated. It is better for both, therefore, to be separated.”

Separation? But that means apartheid, which is the most wicked thing every conceived! MLK had a dream about little Black boys holding hands with little White girls and we are supposed to fulfill that vision.

If we cannot separate ourselves from Blacks in today’s world, it would be a good idea to take heed of Schweitzer’s warning and never let ourselves become the inferiors, as they do not respect weakness. This can be seen when bleeding heart liberals are essentially eaten alive, when all they were trying to do is help their “brothers” fight to end “racism.” We must always carry ourselves as proud White people, the greatest warriors the world has ever known. Whites are the ones responsible for bringing the light of civilization to the darkest corners of the world.

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