But Achebe seems to think so." -Hawkins page 374 Imperialism Conrad opposed European Imperialism.
"Heart of Darkness offers a powerful indictment of imperialism, both explicitly for the case of King Leopold and implicitly for all other European powers."
-Hawkins page 368
"Conrad criticized imperialism on many grounds, one being the hypocrisy of the 'civilizing mission'."
-Hawkins page 368 Hawkins does believe that Heart of Darkness is racist to an extent, but Achebe took it too far.
People should study the works of both authors.
This argument has given Heart of Darkness the reputation of being solely about racism.
Achebe denies the value of Conrad's work and encourages people to not read it.
Chinua Achebe Joseph Conrad Value in Both Conrad is Racist Forms of Racism in the Novel Hawkins argues that although parts of Heart Darkness are racist, the book is not as racist as Achebe suggests.
"Whatever may be said of Conrad, he certainly did not share the most extreme racism of his time.