By Nasreen Ali, Virinder S Kalra et al
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It questions the idea that the Western liberal institutions involved in inaugurating and administering the formal decolonising process are no longer involved in sustaining coloniality. Rather than accepting a radical discontinuity between metropole and colony, in terms of civilisation and barbarism, it understands, as Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton (1967) argued in the late 1960s, that something like institutional racism is very much associated with respected Western institutions and that it points to the persistence of coloniality.
As far as the lineage and legacy of coloniality is concerned, the modern, global, colonial way of being the ‘white man’ involved, …the culturally sanctioned habit of deploying large generalisations by which reality is divided into various collectives: languages, races, types, colours, mentalities, each category being not so much a neutral designation as an evaluative interpretation. Underlying these categories is the rigidly binomial opposition of ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, with the former always encroaching upon the latter (even to the point of making ‘theirs’ exclusively a function of ‘ours’).
He would write everybody’s letters, filled in forms etc. He was reaping the benefits of education. Babu Sahib was treated like a pir. We used to look from the top window of the house to see which mill chimney was giving out the most smoke, because that would be the busiest mill and most likely to have vacancies. So we would head towards it in the hope of finding work. As none of us could speak English, as soon as we got close to the Mill’s gates we would push each other to be in the front. So the one in the front would have to find out if there was work.
A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain by Nasreen Ali, Virinder S Kalra et al