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Whitesplaining Colonialism and Structural Racism: Human Zoo 

14 Jun

[Published 12 June, 2017]

Black people, people of colour, are exotic, aren’t they? I asked

What do you mean? He replied

Well, think about it. I said

The idea that people from Africa, and other natives, are exhibits and trophies. I exclaimed

To be paraded in front of crowds; to buy, and work them into the ground

Intellectually

To be inspected, studied, and marvelled at, like a specimen… in a jar

Cruelly

Shackled and chained, in service… to do the White man’s bidding… according to when and how he says

But that’s in the past. He said

To always know one’s place, never question, or speak out, and stay in line. I said

Whilst mugshot, gunned down, and framed behind bars, as a reminder of our place.

To be considered ‘upperty’, ‘difficult’, have a chip on one’s shoulders, or have ‘too much attitude’, lacking grace? I said

(Any you wonder why?) I said

To be limited in what you can, should be allowed to do freely, and forever typecast. 

Have you ever been called a nigger, sold as chattel, overlooked, stopped so many times you no longer care? I asked

Turned down for a job, because you don’t fit in or look the part? I asked

Interrogated because your family name doesn’t match your skin tone? I asked

Do you share my past, my suffering, or my ancestors’? I asked

His answer came back: No.

Then don’t ask me to be ok with an exhibition that reminds of me this.

To be looked at in curiosity and humorous or pitied spectacle

To remind us all of the wrongs of our past

If you want to look at me (without reflecting on your burden that you have put upon me) then do so for me and what I can bring, have achieved, or can do. 

Author: Jason Schumann 

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