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The Secret

What is one of the more outstanding historical facts of the past 4 centuries?
I’ll take some guesses.
No: life is too short.
Let me simply state it.
The mass murder of Non-Europeans by Europeans.
btw, note , I didn’t use the terms ‘white’ and ‘non-white’.
Because ‘White’ and ‘Black’ are ideological constructions.
It took the ill-fated , but brilliant, Stephen Biko to point that out, decades ago in a speech to his South African Inquisitors.
Most so-called ‘whites’ are various shades of pink, he said: and most so-called ‘blacks’ are but shades of brown.
So , why then , the altogether common usage of ‘black’ and ‘white’?
Because the very language itself is already bigoted in favor of that artful binary as ‘bad’ and ‘good’.
It is never stated so baldly, for obvious reasons.
Most who write ‘official’ histories, used the world over , are Europeans (as conquerors); and when they happen to be Non-Europeans, are well within the former’s ideological cast (usually, as dutiful ex-colonials) .
So, we get euphemistic, anaemic, theories of ‘imperialism’ and ‘colonialism’ (albeit plim with important economic/political factors) which almost neutralise, if not actually sanitize, the unmentioned reality beneath.
In effect they play Othello, without the Moor.
But these are revelatory times.
It is time to call a spade a shovel.
Euro-Supremacism has been the bane of the Modern World.
That “outstanding fact’ is still on-going,
In the continuing , wanton, depredations of the West in Africa and West Asia that, largely, go unreported.
The data are available to any who care to research it.
European governors are, in this frame, amongst the world’s most ferocious , putting to shame the suitably demonised exploits of the ‘also rans’ such as Attila, Genghiz, Timur, etc.
In North America alone ,to cite but one example, around 2000, or so , living Native nations vanished off the face of the earth, under their governance.
What makes this modern-day barbarism even more horrific, and macabre, is that it is/was all done whilst loudly pronouncing the high gibber of justice and rights, a hypocrisy that quite escaped the latter ilk of fiends (i.e., Messrs. Attila, and Co.).
Could be They could not bring themselves to be quite so supernally disingenuous?
So, for the world, at large, the true , more accurate, slogan needs to be: Non-European Lives (cultures, traditions, and sovereignties) Matter.
Bears thinking?
* I refer , in the use of this term, as ever, to the Power Elites amongst the Euros, Not their hoi polloi.
[© R.Kanth 2022]

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations

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