Postcolonial theory thus establishes intellectual spaces for subaltern peoples to speak for themselves, in their own voices, and thus produce cultural discourses of philosophy, language, society and economy, balancing the imbalanced us-and-them binary power-relationship between the colonist and the colonial subjects.
EntertainmentFeaturedFilm Thor: Ragnarok White people are afraid of ceasing to exist without their empire They are terrified of being without their Asgard.
After months of anticipation, I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok and I was not in the least bit disappointed. The movie is, as expected, doing swimmingly. Ragnarok is thoroughly imbued with.
His character in the film, Korg, takes a very calm and knowing approach to his reality of being an enslaved fighter on a foreign planet, not out of defeat, but rather out of his faith in his ability to survive it all. He, too, knows deep loss of identity and home, yet remains steadfastly Maori throughout, even as he is enslaved and forced to fight or die for the entertainment of his colonizers.
When he is freed, he then joins a new nation in their journey to find a new home after their own displacement.
We have made progress with having more say in better storytelling that goes beyond shallow tokenism and superficially diversifying movies with certain people of color, but the fact that we often still have to Trojan horse our stories in this manner is frustrating. Why, yes, I am counting down to when Black Panther hits theaters, how did you know!?
Of the entire cast, they were the only players who were allowed to fully embody their own anti-colonial resistance narratives that do not have to be told through white or alien masks. Portrayed by ineffable Tessa Thompson, Valkyrie bursts onto the scene crude, frank, and unrepentant.
Initially, she refuses to help him or even sympathize in the slightest. Thor approaches her, thinking only of himself, and attempts to use the storied duty Valkyrie has in order to serve Asgard for his own benefit.
He never once considers that Valkyrie has already sacrificed her everything for Asgard, which gave her nothing in return.
To risk your life for a nation that acted recklessly in the first place thanks for nothing, Odinand for which sacrificing yourself did not serve or save you, is the epitome of a Black experience. Of course, Thor does not understand any of this. I identify with her exasperation and would never fault her for not wanting to help him.
Thor is afraid of something Valkyrie, both in her mythological role and as a diasporic African and Indigenous woman, has already experienced: This brings him panic. Thor has never had to experience a loss of culture and position. It was assumed that he would have these things forever. Inherent to a colonial mindset, is an inability to think creatively, a need paint everything with their basic boring colonizer brush.
They cannot envision a world outside of those lands and spoils, and believe that their colonial world is, and always has been, forever.
They superimpose whiteness and homeland retroactively, which is why many white supremacists try to claim ancient Greek civilization, pre-Roman Scandinavian culture, and even Egypt as white to perpetuate that idea that their colonial world has been around for forever and, thus, must continue to exist in the future.
How dangerous and violent this world has been to the people it has colonized is of no concern. White people are afraid of ceasing to exist without their empire, without the riches, plunders, and benefits of whiteness. They are terrified of not being able to live post-white supremacy, of being without their Asgard, and even often call upon people of color to help them protect their colonial capitalist world.
But Diasporic Africans are hundreds of years ahead of them in these experiences of loss, and at their hands no less. Still, we move and live. We have resisted, we have built, we have thrived. Our bodies contain within themselves memories, land, language, history, country, roots, and home, and our roots are everywhere.
Thus, Indigenous peoples are the most equipped to lead us in a future world—post-white supremacy, post-capitalism, post-colonialism. I argue that diasporic Africans, too, are survivors of the apocalypse.
Having lived through the Middle Passage, slavery, racial caste, language and cultural destruction and loss, land and nation loss, assimilation, abuse, all the ages of discrimination and de facto and de jure white supremacy in all the lands we were brought to, and so much more, diasporic Africans have influenced and supported Indigenous survivance as well.
We too can lead in this new post-colonial world.For half of my life the Queen was forever 21, straight backed, and going places (on a horse!). I was even given the middle name “Anne” – as in, “Princess”. In strictly definitional terms, for instance, the United States might also be described as a postcolonial country, but it is not perceived as such because of its position of power in world politics in the present, its displacement of native American populations, and its annexation of other parts of the world in what may be seen as a form of colonization.
Third World Approaches to International Law, or ‘TWAIL’, is a response to both the colonial and postcolonial ethos of international law. It is also one of the most explicitly articulated juridical and political spaces in which to think about an international law beyond its (post)coloniality.
Key Terms in Post-Colonial Theory You should read over the following definitions in order to understand some of the basic ideas associated with post-colonialist literature: colonialism: The imperialist expansion of Europe into the rest of the world during the last four hundred years in which a dominant imperium or center carried on a.
Before colonialism, there were only bush back roads through which men trekked with goods on their backs.
During colonialism roads were built. In pre-colonial times the absence of public security made investment in Africa too risky. Post-colonialism, investment flowed. We too can lead in this new post-colonial world.
Black rebellion, abolition, resistance, and Afro-futurism has existed as an example to many other colonized communities, including homeland African and non-Black Indigenous ones.