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The Colonies Of Culture:The Postcolonial Self In Latin America And Africa

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The Colonies of Culture:The Postcolonial Self in Latin America and Africa

The colony is not only a possibility in the geographical; it is a mental dominance that can imperialize the entire self. Entire continents have be domineered, resources completely dried, and at colonialism’s usual worst, the mental devastation of the indigenous culture has left a people hollow. Indigenous culture is no longer that. In the globalized world, no culture is autonomous; culture cannot breathe without new ideas and new perspectives, perspectives that have traditionally come from the people who have lived within the culture. But, the imposition of dominant cultures has certainly benefited from culture’s own vulnerability, as global similarities now exist throughout most different, yet not separate cultures. Postcolonialism is imperialism with a mask on, nothing less. As Franz Fanon puts it “that imperialism which today is fighting against a s true liberation of mankind leaves in its wake here and there tinctures of decay which we must search out and mercilessly expel from our land and our spirits.”
Postcolonial power is a hidden monster, it still do this day dominates the economies and pyschologies of Latin America and Africa. This has led to violence, both guerilla and dictator violence, and this violence is an unforgettable part of the past of African and Latin American culture.

Culture and the self exist symbiotically, one cannot exist without the other. Culture is the all encompassing social-structure of a given society. It is the child of people, a child that grows to adulthood quickly, and begins to control its parents molding of itself, it encompasses those who create it. Culture is fluid.

Violence is an essential part of the colony. Colonialism is a culture of violence, it has created cultures of violence throughout Latin America and Africa. Colonialism does not breed democracy or the flourishing of new idea’s, it turns the indigenous people into a resource, it turns people into victims. Violence breeds violence, and colonialism is a perfect example of this fact.

The “new world” only exists as it is unknown and uncharted, untouched and pure, it exists as an unrational natural utopia. Utopian in only that it was inhabited by “men”, but by “natives”. Columbus was no wanderer. The Spanish conquest was an intentional push for more resources, and this is how Latin America was “founded”. It was claimed as a resource of natural materials, Europe was getting crowded, new wood was needed for ships, new metal for armor, new natives for servitude. This kept in mind as capitalism does indeed have roots in mercantilism. Latin America is not a geographical land-mass, Latin America is a culture; a culture created through violent conquest and transformed by the mixture of indigenous and European culture since. The Latin American self, regardless of race, class or gender, is most definitely a conglomerate of two separate cultures: the...

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