Sunday, 7 August 2011
HOLD ON TO YOUR OWN NATIVE CULTURE, DONT LOSE YOUR LANGUAGE, DRESS, MUSIC, CULTURE
In a time where empire and its vassals (like Al-Jazeera) are promoting empire liberalism and its related culture to weaken the peoples of the Global South's independence and struggles, its important to revisit the cultural problem in our revolutionary struggles.
The bombing of Libya by nato could only have happened by making a significant amount of Libyan youth in the cities look towards the pro-empire liberalist political and cultural line of things like Al-Jazeera. Even the Financial Times admits this.
Losing our connection culturally to our ancestors and elders means losing our roots, and without roots, we cannot grow and be free.
The following is an interesting excerpt from the great African revolutionary Cabral.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Amilcar Cabral on National Liberation and Culture
"The experience of colonial domination shows that, in the effort to perpetuate exploitation, the colonizers not only creates a system to repress the cultural life of the colonized people; he also provokes and develops the cultural alienation of a part of the population, either by so-called assimilation of indigenous people, or by creating a social gap between the indigenous elites and the popular masses. As a result of this process of dividing or of deepening the divisions in the society, it happens that a considerable part of the population, notably the urban or peasant petite bourgeoisie, assimilates the colonizer's mentality, considers itself culturally superior to its own people and ignores or looks down upon their cultural values. This situation, characteristic of the majority of colonized intellectuals, is consolidated by increases in the social privileges of the assimilated or alienated group with direct implications for the behavior of individuals in this group in relation to the liberation movement. A reconversion of minds--of mental set--is thus indispensable to the true integration of people into the liberation movement. Such reonversion--re-Africanization, in our case--may take place before the struggle, but it is completed only during the course of the struggle, through daily contact with the popular masses in the communion of sacrifice required by the struggle."
"In order for culture to play the important role which falls to it in the framework of the liberation movement, the movement must be able to preserve the positive cultural values of every well defined social group, of every category, and to achieve the confluence of these values in the service of the struggle, giving it a new dimension--the national dimension. Confronted with such a necessity, the liberation struggle is, above all, a struggle both for the preservation and survival of the cultural values of the people and for the harmonization and development of these values within a national framework. "