Colonialism, then, was not a benevolent act as the coloniser would have us believe.
The other aspect of Cesaire's first task focuses on the coloniser, specifically on how colonisation made the coloniser barbaric and brutal.
Instead, the book is about colonialism, its economic and psychosocial legacy, and the destruction of a country by the growing commodification of life, expressed in part through corruption but also through growing social hierarchies, the desire to be like the coloniser, and the impotence of a coup d'etat focused in curing the system by purging it of personalities instead of the structural determinants of the social, moral, political, and economic decay of the country.
First, in the desire to worship European and modern commodities such as cars, washing machines, and other electronic gadgets; the urge to consume and act as the coloniser by drinking bottled drinks; the broadcast of messages about buying and selling--all this while trying to appear 'African' through dress, but also empty in talk about Africanism.
Throughout the book, we learn how the coloniser segregated Sekondi-Takoradi as a city, reserving the best and flourishing part to the Whites with the Bungalow culture pitched on the hills of the city where there was an abundance and even waste in terms of fruits that hanged but never touched by Black people who had to make do with unripened fruits in a culture of 'servants', 'security guards', and racism/hierarchies.
Even today we produce graduates who are convinced of their inferiority vis-a-vis their former colonisers.
Just to set the record straight, when finally the colonisers left, this share in world's trade had come down to less than 2 per cent.
It is actually our inferiority complex instilled in us by our colonisers that anachronistically makes us think of Oxford and Cambridge as institutions which were disseminating scientific and technical knowledge in 17th century.
We may claim to be independent but as long as our constitutions are the handworks of our former colonisers
, our independence is questionable.
As I understand the meaning of the word, theWelsh themselves must be amongst the most expert of colonisers
It came after years of social and political turmoil in the South Pacific republic due to divisions between indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians, who are descended from labourers imported by British colonisers
in the 19th century.
FOREIGN Secretary Robin Cook's "ethical" foreign policy means invading the territory of the former Yugoslavia (of which I happened to approve) - and then inviting representatives of the Indonesian regime, brutal colonisers
of East Timor, to attend an arms sales fair in this country.
However, whenI purchased my first home in the Midlands I had to pay the Marquis of Anglesey for the freehold of the property (heowned vast tracts of land in Burton-on-Trent) soRobyn please shut up, you export colonisers
He blamed the international media for his country's negative image, adding: 'We say the media must review themselves and become part of our environment, and not continue to be instruments to be used by our former colonisers
EARLY Wirral townships include Thingwall, which was a great meeting-place of the Norse (Viking) colonisers