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On Decolonizing Education and the Perils of Speaking Good English

25 Mar
On Decolonizing Education and the Perils of Speaking Good English

Black Girl Speak

When asked about the legacy of colonialism, I point out that we must still speak a colonial language in order to be granted the courtesy of humanity. To be intelligible to the power structures which govern our lives, we must first submit ourselves to its language, to its frameworks and reference points, to the culture which continues to visit violence upon our bodies. I wonder, where was my black when decolonization was happening?

In watching the protests, led by the Student Representative Council (SRC), at the University of Cape Town, I am struck most profoundly by my jealousy.

It is outside of term time – most people will have gone ‘home’, you will put up the event page for a solidarity action, under Oxford’s statue of Cecil Rhodes, at half past midnight. By the morning, 75 people will have clicked attending – You will count 24 people in the…

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “On Decolonizing Education and the Perils of Speaking Good English

  1. kolagbola

    March 25, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    You spoke well my dear, its a shame, we africans first need to show our ability to speak fluently the language of the colonial master before we are seen as intellects

     

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