In the so-called Clash of Civilizations, I am unapologetically a double agent.
In 1899, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled “The White Man’s Burden”, which echoed the timely justification for colonialism and imperialism by implying that it was the burden of the white man to civilize non-European peoples (or whomever doesn’t fit comfortably into the category of “white” at any given time). The first lines read:
“Take up the White Man’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed–
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.”
The idea of the turbanized white man is in direct contradistinction to this racist, sexist, Eurocentric discourse. Although the language has changed in dominant parlance, Western imperialism still pivots upon the idea of “spreading democracy” through the barrel of a gun. We’re living at the peak of the American Empire, and occupying the most violent position on the social hierarchy within this empire is the heterosexual, bourgeois, cis-gendered, white male.
Where does that leave me?
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I’m a Muslim and a communist. I graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Native American and Indigenous Studies and Slavic Languages and Literature.
“I secretly think reality exists so we can speculate about it.” – Slavoj Žižek
“Those who abandon forbidding what is wrong theoretically and practically are moving corpses amongst the living.” – Imam Ali (a.s.)