Racism, white supremacy, cultural appropriation, power forces, stealing history, can't we just stop that and embrace our differences instead of this eternal fight over a color of the skin.
Both immediately create an issue, a clash of identity. Something useless to dare saying. Color blindness is of course not the solution as we have this difference and need to recognize it but not fight over it.
You do not know where someone is coming from especially if the soul has already traveled thousands of miles on earth, outside of earth, to places you may have never been to before!
"They've done it to us before" Who are they? Who are you? Are you me? Are they me?
Whenever I do talk have to talk about those issues I make sure that I am not included in the categorization that people want me to use. The West will be "they" as any other part of the world. Otherwise the conversation could go around I and I and I.
"I have done it to me before"
We both belong to both now.
Nasara is for white & black people, those who come from Nazareth, those who are European, a Baturai.
Racism does exist, even though it is a power relation it does exist within and against EVERY GROUP!
Indeed any group has the power to oppress the other one in terms of racial power. It is not just a white thing, may have it been taught by white people and emphasized by white people at the time of Enlightenment.
I've spent hours and days in my life reading the same things again and again, especially regarding the notion of history. "African history was stopped or forced to become part of European history". Most of the time they are only words that I am seriously tired of hearing repeatedly as no-one actually acts upon that!
However, recently, I became aware of this movement that brings a completely different perspective on this notion: AFRO FUTURISM.
I am reading a book called "The Shadow speaker" wonderful. I was stuck for 3 months at the end of the first chapter, the story takes place in Niger far in the future, the main character is a Hausa speaker, a girl.
At the end of this chapter the teacher asks her to reflect on the notion of history and write an essay replying to the question "do you belong to history? are you part of history?" and it let me to reflect on it before continuing and grasping more knowledge about this movement.
Basically the whole idea is to rewrite a history that has been stolen. It is not about being enslaved but about a fight for freedom. I re-quote the following: "African history was stopped or forced to become a part of European history". No, stop, AFRO FUTURISM tells you to take this history back, rewrite it and be empowered for the future with high developed technology and fictions in order to conquer something that has not been yet touched and mingle it with African traditions and beliefs, it is really powerful.
I am now reading Beloved by Toni Morrison (shame on me for not reading it before). I found something interesting, it is that it is classified in Afro futuristic literature, and I want to read it with this perceptive and see how it can actually relate to it.
I'm sure you may have came across Afro futurism but I rarely hear about it from people's mouth, it is mostly when I read about it. It is a massive movement also in arts but people I have talked to about it only focus on its aesthetics, unfortunately.