Mandy Goldstein – Colonialism

Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.

While colonialism is a negative subject, what we might fail to see is that there are plenty of positive outcomes. While the method is brutal and pretty much wrong, it did open up countries, and bring them together; it provided crossovers beetween cultures and races. I believe we wouldnt have the "melting pot" that we do if it hadn’t been for colonialism.

I’m not saying it was a good thing or that I agree with it at all, but I think that SOME of the after effects are positive ones.

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4 Responses to Mandy Goldstein – Colonialism

  1. Coumba says:

    I understand what you’re saying Mandy, but let’s not forget that colonialism is still the biggest crime in history. They left African nations divided geographically and linguistically even worse economically. If colonialism did not happen Africa would be the leading continent.

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  2. Emily Hallabrin says:

    I agree that the results of colonialism aren’t bad- namely the mixing of different cultures and peoples. However, I do not agree that this necessarily leads to questioning whether or not colonialism was bad. I fully believe that colonialism in its entirety should be criticized. Colonialism was inherently hierarchical and power-oriented. Structures based in arbitrarily constructed binaries (such as colonialism’s colonizer/colonized, gender’s male/female, etc.) are not salvageable when desiring social change. Instead of questioning colonialism itself, we must learn from the past to understand how a new process would result in only the good that colonialism brought. We must deconstruct the power hierarchies inherent in modernity’s white supremacist patriarchal capitalist society.

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  3. cwassif says:

    As has been discussed, colonialism has taken many different forms throughout history. There was the forced takeover and genocide of local populations by colonizers, and there has been the societal restructuring of the social, political, and economic systems of the colonized. This was always done for the economic benefit of the colonizer, and not to create a more equitable, just world. That being said, I think that it is important to remember that diversity exists outside of globalization,colonialism, neoliberalism, etc. People, and ideas are able to move freely throughout the world, without oppressive powers forcefully inserting them into different places. As stated by Albert Memmi, who experienced these phenomena firsthand, “Racism… is the highest expression of the colonial system and one of the most significant features of the colonialist. Not only does it establish a fundamental discrimination between colonizer and colonized… but it also lays the foundation for the immutability of this life” Therefore, it seems incredibly ironic to me to be praising globalization and/or colonialism as a means of supporting or creating ‘diversity’, as this same construct seems to be the one fighting against equality, which is the greatest way to embrace diversity.

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  4. Ziying Liang says:

    Colonialism can be represented as a situation of inequality, it may not be supported by many people. Although it did make a history and create today’s “diversity”, it revealed some conflict and unequal power between rich countries and poor countries. People also questioned about the consequences of the hierarchy and social restructure in its system. So I feel that it brings more bad things than good things.

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