Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bhabha "Theories on colonialism and post colonialism"

Credit to Garrett Miller for the photo titled, "Segregation". In this article, Bhabha attempts to explain colonialism and post colonialism. Obviously, one of my first thoughts about it was the idea of segregating the "other" from the "norm". Segregation was a great tool for colonialism to make the colonizers feel good about what they were doing. They were not harming the natives, they were helping them. If they weren't helping them, then it didn't matter because the natives were "othered" thus dehumanizing them. The problem of racism traces back all the way to animal instinct. 

The quote above is from Bhabha's article, which asks the question of why this representation of empowerment exists as well as unnecessary conflict and antagonization. This photo helped me explain this on a more natural, genetic level. It is natural for animals to have a "pack mentality". The things that look and act like me are safe and those who don't are not. In this picture, there are two different groups of animals separated from one another. Although they know each other are not inherently predator and prey, they keep their distance. Racism can be traced back to this wariness of what is different from our own personal normal. 

This is a quote that discusses the purpose of "newness" as a way of defining past and present. I am sure there is much more to be gathered from this quotation, so I am hoping we have time to discuss it in class. Otherwise, thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I think Bhabha might take issue with your use of the "natural" and "genetic," since so much of what he argues is that one culture only gets its definition from its relationship to some other culture that is opposed to or different from it. In that sense, no culture has any meaning in and of itself, no natural or stable or inherent or genetic meaning of its own... Does that make sense?