You thought colonialism was over? Well, think again. Toughts on the workshop on Racism and Colonial Continuities.
Did you ever reflect on you position in society and how you were raised to percieve others? Did you ever reflect on blackness and whiteness? Or have you ever heard the terms white supremacy and white priviledge? If you were looking for a nice and quiet afternoon, the workshop on Colonial Continuities by Lawrence Oduro-Sarpong was not the place for you. Instead Participants were challenged to think about their own internalised racism. This may be uncomfortable. But it's also more than necessary.
But wait? Racism? How can I be racist? If there is one thing to take away from the afternoon then it is this: There is a degree of internalised racism in all of us. This ist not your fault. Your way of thinking has been shaped by society. And instead of feeling guilty the one thing you can and should do is recognising your priviledge and taking responsibility. During the workshop speaker Lawrence talked about critical whiteness (which does exist), reversed racism (which does not exist) and ways in which history has been whitewashed (which has been happening for hundreds of years and is still happening today). Did you know for instance that african king Abubakari II led an expedition through the atlantic ocean almost 200 years befor Columbus sailed to America? You didn't? Then maybe you should ask youself why.
You do not need to be an expert on african history or colonisation proceses. But if you are interested in deconstructing your colonial principles then all you need to do is be open about black perspectives and white priviledges. More and more people already are.
As Lawrence puts it:
"Up to now no generation has had the courage to break the chain and have a sincere dialogue. But I have a feeling that this generation might".