Some you know my grandfather was a cook for the British in Kenya, and though he was a respected elder in his village, his employerscalledhim“boy” for much of his life. He was on the periphery of Kenya’s liberation struggles, but he was still imprisoned briefly during repressive times. In his life, colonialism wasn’t simply the creation of unnatural borders or unfair terms of trade — it was something experienced personally, day after day, year after year.
Qiana, I agree about this quote. I think one of the (many) tactics that was used in an attempt to divide Obama from Black Americans during the campaign was to point out that he was not descendant from slaves, and thus was not really “one of Us.” Obviously, that did not work. But in addition, this rhetoric fails to acknowledge this bit of history: how colonialism on the African continent was the other side of the coin of the European and American slave “trade.”