Eurocentrism

Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy
  • We ought not to speak only about the economics of globalization, but about the psychology of globalization. It's like the psychology of a battered woman being faced with her husband again and being asked to trust him again. That's what is happening. We are being asked by the countries that invented nuclear weapons and chemical weapons and apartheid and modern slavery and racism - countries that have perfected the gentle art of genocide, that colonized other people for centuries - to trust them when they say that they believe in a level playing field and the equitable distribution of resources and in a better world. It seems comical that we should even consider that they really mean what they say.”

Some use the word, Eurocentrism, while others say, white-supremacy. Both words are used interchangeably to describe the institutionalization of racism constructed by those who lineage traces to the continent of Europe.

Many intellects have dedicated their attention to analyzing the cultural attitudes and behaviors of Europeans. Mainly, because the events of Christopher Columbus, the Atlantic-Slave Trade, the colonization of countries in Africa, and the socio-disadvantages of Afro-and-indigenous people, are all related.

Educators, leaders, and activists have left stories and archives to be perused by those who desire immediate change in the world. Those people have emerged from different parts of Africa- from Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Kwame Nkrumah from Ghana. Dr. Bobby E. Wright to Assata Shakur of North America, Arundhati Roy of India, to Dr. Rodney Walter of Guyana, the revolutionary people of Cuba, and Dr. Angela Davis are just a few individuals whose work presents substantial findings of Eurocentrism.

Analysis by these intellects, historians, plus group stories tell the history of white-supremacy and its goal of dominating other cultures. This information is written and elucidated by many who are victims of Europe’s brutality in the global world.

Eurocentrism has been actively defining the culture and identity of its oppressed groups. The question that many educators have struggled to answer is: How did a group of people who only represent 10% of the world’s population unleash so much terror in the lives of other cultures? How is possible for that ten-percent to have saturated the world with their ideology insomuch that even in the 21st century, their systems are still existing?

These questions are posed and answered by the diligent work of victims who rose from the worst socio-conditions to inform others of a pattern that started in Europe and became saturated in other parts of the globe. It was the late, Dr. Bobby E. Wright, who echoed these words in describing the behavioral patterns of Europeans, “Whites exhibit the behavior of psychopaths and their behavior reflects an underlying biologically transmitted proclivity that is rooted deep in their evolutionary history.

Racism remains entrenched in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Americas, because European countries have been working collaboratively since carving the boundaries on the continent of Africa in the late 1800s. Those boundaries would give land and resources to European countries. The writers of the American constitution would commit the same act of writing laws to steal land from Native-Americans. Apartheid in South Africa, the mass incarceration of African people in the Americas and the strategic removal of resources from their lives are hard facts and cannot be refuted.

Even the never-ending battle between Israel and Palestine gives a deeper understanding of how Europeans(Israelis) are willing to destroy the dignity and richness of others in order to install their ideologies. This scenario is typical of Eurocentrism and its theme of imperialism in the form of attaining geo-political and cultural advantages.

The terror continues as their strong love for using the rule-of-law has meant further calamities. Unnecessary global wars, imprisonment of people for petty reasons, disrespecting the sovereignty of other nations, and carrying out the legacies of their predecessors are complicating global relationships and stultifying any chance of peace.

Descendants of oppressed groups are still struggling to remedy the injustices of Eurocentrism in their lives. In America, African-Americans are working on a reparation project, alongside different islands in the Caribbean who continue to petition Great Britain for reparations. Native-Americans are still hoping for the rights to the land while mass graves sites are still being unearthed. Anglophone, and Francophone immersion are causing economic divisions in the Cameroon, while in countries such as Trinidad-and-Tobago and Guyana- the Indian(East) population and those of African descent are racially aware of their histories with Great Britain.

Eurocentrism and its hierarchical conditioning have subjected generations of non-European families to unfair systems. Those marginalized groups continue to suffer, such as the high incarceration rates of African-Americans, and the poverty-stricken environments of indigenous groups in the U.S., and Canada are a few of its effects.

White-supremacy solves no issues in society, and instead creates racial hatred, initiates wars to dominate the sovereignty of others, and utilizes capitalist means to keep black and brown people in poverty.

It is more important than ever before to discuss the history of colonialism and racism, and the dehumanization of black and brown people. Because history is still being written, it is crucial to examine those systems and their intentions. It is necessary to peruse the evidence for greater analysis of the damage that Eurocentrism has brought in the lives of African people.

My friends at: http://www.wechargecolonialism.org, are working to highlight the plight of African people in the diaspora. They aim for economic elevation and educational curriculums which are connected to their cultural lineage. They are examining centuries-old policies, which have elevated Europeans to achieve economic prosperity while Africa’s resources and African people’s livelihoods continue to be face uncertainties.

The time to examine the history books with greater awareness is now…..