Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whiteness as a Colonizing Force

Whiteness as a colonizing force is a discussion that does not happen regularly and yet Whiteness either directly colonizes people of colour, or appropriates our cultures and changes them until they are no longer readily recognizable as ours.  For many cultures this has been absolutely disastrous.  Even in the face of this horror, there has always been resistance.  History having been written by the oppressor has completely erased this in order to feature the complicity of some people of colour as justification for the continued imperialistic acts. 

For some the idea that people of colour would and have rejected Whiteness is shocking simply because Whiteness has been constructed as benign instead of the cancerous infection that it is.  There exists no group of people of colour who have not been adversely effected by the proliferation of Whiteness and though we have been forced to adapt, it does not mean that we accept a status of conquered beings.  It is not racist to openly attack Whiteness; it is self preservation.  The defense aspect is often over looked in order to push the idea that POC are racist against Whites, though Whiteness is guilty of unspeakable crimes.  The very first step to emancipation is to name and know your oppressor and if in the process some feelings are hurt, is far less painful than living through marginalization and erasure. 

Often times Christianity is used to sugar coat the true intent.  Even as a Christian, I can recognize that when coupled with Whiteness that Christianity is not a message of peace but a declaration of war.  A simple look through history will prove that Christianity has been used to specifically to enforce docility.  When missionaries bring the so-called word to people of colour, it always comes from a position of educating the savages, rather than sharing an experience.   It functions as a mechanism to destroy other religious beliefs, which often serve to loosen the ties that bind one to culture.  A rejection of Christianity under these circumstances, is not proof of being uncivilized, but in fact speaks of a soul that refuses to be conquered. 

Listen as the people of Papa New Guinea speak their truth.

(this video has subtitles)