Thursday, 27 November 2014

ON DECOLONISING MEMORY



Decolonising memory: a british soldier was walking through a town in Helmand province in Afghanistan a few years ago. An Afghan elder asked him: "you here to burn and destroy our town again?". The soldier was confused, and thought the british army hasnt done that at all. The elder was referring to 1897 when the british did that. There was a funeral held in a northern mining town in england in recent years, an elderly woman visited the said grave side and spat on it, for the person buried was a 'scab' (sold out) the Miners and General Strike in 1926. I say these two stories to encourage that we reconnect to our histories, and let our histories both the trauma and victories, inform our present day struggles. We don't need to re-invent the wheel, the shining path is there, it's only neo-colonialism internalised which keeps us from re-connecting. This is a major and primary part of our on-going inter-generational liberation struggle. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

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