Timor again (sorry Lou)
João Paulo Monteiro
jpmonteiro at SPAMmail.telepac.pt
Sun Nov 21 09:55:15 MST 1999
Ghebremichael Woldeselassie wrote:
> Hello my white friends,
> I thought I would just take a watching. But I liked this man's message.
> Here and many places in Africa we are sensitive to such issues too. Some
> are not willing to be pawns for politeness. Call a spade a spade. Words
> fail me in English to say what I think. But is time somehow for "dimtsi
> hafesh" - voice of people in my mother's language.
Thank you very much for your post Ghebremichael.
I once went to London to attend a giant event called 'Marxism', promoted
british trotskyist (cliffite) party SWP. It lasted for ten days with
dozens of conferences on subjects ranging from the charming quark to the
of Henry VIII.
I was lodged at an apartment owned by a militant, a very
professional woman (probably teacher) by the name of Peri. I had toured
the city a bit and, very casually, tried to exchange some impressions
I asked her:
- It's curious, most of the small shops here are owned by pakistani
She was somewhat disturbed, then replied:
- No, that's a stereotype. You have probably heard that from some-one
afterwards "confirmed" it with some casual examples.
End of conversation. I was left to my thoughts. What could have made
young woman deny such a blatant reality with such a piece of bullshit? I
having a interest in these people (and on the sociological meaning of
dominant presence in a very specific economic niche) and she, very
but called me a racist. There must be some civilizational malaise at
I was left to conclude that she preferred to ignore the pakistani shop
(who probably vote conservative anyway). The subject was considered
and brushed away by her political correct thoughts processor. This women
probably never had a serious conversation with any people of "color" in
life (except, perhaps, some very western acculturated ones). For as much
"liberal" and guilty protestant conscience you throw at it, this
rhetoric of multi-culturalism is really one of deep fear and
estrangement of the other, verging on "apartheid" on a global scale.
(Incidentally, I tried to make sauna on the University of London Student
Association but was turned down. There were no men-only sauna
this would certainly encourage incorrect male gossip and braggery. All
was women-only or mixed-gender sauna accommodations. In these, the women
naked but the men were forced to wear bathing suits in order not to
women. That's when I understood this was no place for such a portuguese
I guess I will never really understand the englishman.
João Paulo Monteiro
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