In this episode, Jeremy Nathan Marks and I discuss reading The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi for our book club.
This is a podcast about ‘reconciliation’ in Canada. We’re thinking about reconciliation in quotation marks because we want to critically analyze the narratives, power dynamics, potential pitfalls, practices, and consequences unfolding around us.
Is violence a viable means for achieving one’s liberation? Is Killmonger’s strategy justifiable? And importantly: who gets to decide?
The paradox here seems to be that ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ is absolutely critical and equal parts exploitative.
Why does determining our personal actions toward reparation seem like such a hazy and convoluted dilemma for so many of us present day settlers?
Whose version of the past counts? Do the residents of Utopia have a history? What makes time invisible?
The past, it seems, does not exist anymore. It is inaccessible and unalterable. Once the egg is scrambled and fried, it can no longer be reshaped and reconstructed into its oval shell. As far as human perception goes, the arrow of time goes decidedly in only one direction.
The rhetoric of kumbaya can only serve as a distraction for so long.
The government is a complex system with competing agendas. What does this mean for all its talk of reconciliation?
In a nation of nations, who retains the power to define nationhood itself?
More on ‘inclusion’ as an agenda of political power and social privilege.