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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #105 on: October 12, 2022, 12:23:33 am »
Further discussion:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/op-ed-nury-martinez-says-160537253.html

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City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, caught on a leaked audio, says she sees a lot of short, dark people in Koreatown. Martinez says she doesn’t know what “village” they are from and referred to them as “tan feos” — “so ugly.”
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Oaxacans, who come from seven regions of Oaxaca, make up a large portion of those who speak Indigenous languages in California. It is estimated that there are at least 150,000 Oaxacans in Los Angeles — the largest Oaxacan population outside Mexico.
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It is stunning to hear a leader of the L.A. City Council make such hateful remarks about a vibrant community whose members help keep this city running. But in some ways, it’s not shocking. For far too long Oaxacans and other Indigenous groups have faced racism and colorism based on their skin color and Indigenous roots. This kind of bigotry has come not only from white people but also from light-skinned Mexicans who view darker, Indigenous Mexicans as inferior.

It's not just that they view darker Mexicans as inferior, but that they view "whites" as superior. You cannot end the former without first ending the latter.

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I know this kind of colorism very well. When I was younger, there was a lot of stigma attached to being Oaxacan and specifically being a darker Mexican. These identities were associated with being Indigenous, which was subject to ridicule and contempt. Growing up, I would often hear darker-skinned Mexicans get called indio or india, meaning “Indian” — words used as derogatory terms for people with Indigenous roots.

The real problem is that those called indio do not take pride in being so called. Why not? Because they themselves are ashamed of its connotations!

https://laist.com/news/essays/the-pigmentocracy-problem-a-brown-mexicano-gets-real-about-the-color-hierarchy

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one day, after I started my first job in the U.S. as a financial analyst for a film company, I attended a business meeting. At this meeting, my boss, a successful Latino film producer, was physically describing an actor — and he used my appearance as reference.

“He has Indigenous features, very much like Julio,” he said. I felt deeply offended. I thought, “How dare he say in public that I look Indigenous! Me? That’s outrageous!”

For a Mexican, you see, one of the most offensive insults is to be called “indio,” which translates in English as Indigenous. “Indio” is used as synonymous with stupid, lazy, uneducated, disgraceful, ugly, and pretty much every negative sterotype imaginable.

See what I mean? If anything, it should be the ones who look like the conquisators who have negative stereotypes associated with their looks, given what the conquistadors did to the indigenous (which is surely common knowledge). So why is it the wrong way round? And why is no one except me even saying it is the wrong way round?

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Racism in Mexico is the cornerstone of economic and social differences among people there. In essence, a small minority of the population monopolizes access to education, capital, and resources — and to belong to this privileged elite group, there is an unspoken requirement that has to be met: whiteness.

If we do not solve this problem promptly, this is how it will be in the future US too!

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During my first year here, I was afraid of being discriminated against by gringos, so I looked for other college-educated, first-generation Mexicans my own age living in the U.S. to whom I could bond with and feel “safe.”

I reached out to the L.A. chapter alumni association of the university I attended back in Mexico. At one of our first social gatherings, I invited the members to participate in a project that focused on increasing the presence of Latino executives in U.S. Fortune 1000 companies.

One of the attendees, a light-skinned man who at the time was an MBA student at UCLA, replied: “I am not Latino — I’m Mexican.” I told him that by U.S. definition, yes, he was Mexican, hence, Latino.

He refuted again, this time raising his voice and emphasizing, “No! I am Mexican, not Latino!” I then asked him to explain the difference between both, to which he replied, “Mexicans are white, nice people who have visas and travel to the U.S. by plane, like me. Latinos, on the other hand, are indios prietos (dark-skinned Indigenous) who cross the border illegally and work in kitchens”.

The rest of the attendees listening, most of them other white Mexicans like him, openly laughed and nodded, celebrating his comeback and agreeing with him. One might expect that kind of outrageous racist statement from a white supremacist, but from a Mexican, referring to other Mexicans? How is that even conceivable?

“Aren’t we all Mexican?” I thought.

You are all Eurocentrists.

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To be honest, many white Mexicans take pride in not looking Indigenous, and secretly enjoy being told by a foreigner that they “don’t look Mexican,” that they could be Spanish, or even better, French or Italian.

This is how psychologically colonized they are. (You can be sure these types do not consider Andalus to be the best period in Spanish history either.)

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The distinction between “Mexican” and “Latino” as depicted by this MBA student in my meeting reflects a severe, deep, embedded, yet denied and overlooked problem in Mexico and Latin America: racism.

Not ethnotribalism, but Eurocentrism.

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Unfortunately, even mentioning the word “racism” is taboo for us. It’s awkward and uncomfortable. There is no acknowledgement of the issue, and when you try to bring it up, you are shut down immediately and accused of being over-sensitive, because after all, “we are all Mexicans,” “we are all one race,” “we are all mestizos,” and all mestizos are the same, the conversation goes. Except that light-skinned mestizos have big advantages over dark-skinned mestizos in what is called pigmentocracy.

It is not pigmentocracy. As I have repeatedly pointed out, plenty of "whites" are more pigmented than plenty of "non-whites", but still get the full advantages of "whiteness":

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/psychological-decolonization/msg520/#msg520

Whereas even the most unpigmented "non-whites" are still bullied for being "non-white". Call it what it is: Eurocentrism.

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Mexicans have been trained to define ourselves as one race: mestizos. During and after Mexico’s independence from Spain, the dominant elite, mostly white Europeans of Spanish descent, embraced this idea to help strengthen and consolidate the newborn nation. Let’s give them some credit, race-blindness within national boundaries sounds like a good idea — given the assumption that everybody gets treated equally, and no special privileges are granted to anyone based on physical appearance.

But when that condition is not met, and the reality is not acknowledged, racial injustices against dark-skinned Mexicans of Indigenous or African descent — the latter group counted for the first time last year in the country's census — are systematically made invisible. This is exactly what happens in Mexico today, and in most Latin American countries that share the same Spanish colonial heritage.

Over the centuries, dark-skinned Mexicans have been taught to embrace and replicate a racialized system, becoming unconscious supporters of their own oppression and living in a constant state of self-hatred, taught to wish deep inside they were white, like young Pecola Breedlove in “The Bluest Eye.”

Which is why the only way to end Eurocentrism is to assert a different standard of superiority. Physical appearance influencing impressions of individuals is inevitable. But which aspects of physical appearance are considered important can be changed. We should not be trying to get people to ignore physical appearance, but trying to get people to attach importance to aspects of physical appearance related to our racial ideal (which is not Eurocentric and might in some aspects (e.g. neoteny, low sexual dimorphism, gracility/ectomorphy) even be anti-Eurocentric).

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white is seen as “aspirational” and “beautiful.” This practice is so embedded and normalized in Mexican media that nobody questions it.

We are here to question it.

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #106 on: October 13, 2022, 06:22:55 pm »
If nothing else, the recent scandal has made the issue of Eurocentrism among formerly colonized people more prominent. While our enemies may be presenting it as a positive phenomenon, they are at least making it harder for those who want to deny that it even exists:

https://twitter.com/steve_sailer/status/1545186094861336576

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"White supremacy is the normative ideology and dominant ethos of dozens of nations, particularly in Latin America. It will dominate public opinion, popular culture, domestic policy, & foreign interventions of the coming Hispanicized USA."

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I mentioned recently that some of the "whitest" television you can watch is Mexican telenovelas...

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My brothers and I have blonde hair and when we went to Mexico as kids, we'd get chased around by all the Mexican girls. Pretty formative experience

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I am in a deeply brown South American country now.  Its no exaggeration when I say every billboard, TV ad, and in store display (esp those) is completely White washed.

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Latinos are the only group left that can normalize white dominated institutions in their own communities while also bypassing accusations of being un-diverse. LOL.





They are also aware of our decolonization activism:

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Steve, what do you think the CRT curriculum is for? The left understands that most immigrants don't really share their worldview, hence the urgency to indoctrinate the next generation of Latino and Asian children into **** anti-whiteness.

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This seems to be happening in LatAm as well, a shift away from identifying with Spain and Europe towards the pre-Columbians

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #107 on: October 19, 2022, 06:07:17 pm »
Old but revealing:

https://www.npr.org/2010/06/22/128011084/job-ad-in-china-white-man-no-experience-needed

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There's opportunity in China even if you're a Westerner with no skills. If you're a white male and have a nice suit, you can get a job that pays well -- and requires no work.
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"Basically, a friend of a friend knew of a company that needed a bunch of white guys to go down and represent the company," Moxley told NPR's Robert Siegel. "I didn't know too much other than it was going to be $1,000 for a week and then we would be put in a hotel. And we'd have to attend a couple of banquets and tour a factory."

Moxley was acting as one of the quality control experts.

"I was told in advance we weren't going to be doing any quality control," he says. "Which is good because none of us actually had any experience in quality control."

Being "white" = quality in the minds of the psychologically colonized.

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Moxley says his guess is that companies hire white people in suits to gain "a bit of credibility." He says that connections in China are important, especially in business.

Being "white" = credibility in the minds of the psychologically colonized.

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"It was pretty funny. The whole thing was a little bit surreal," he says. "We were down there and were being paraded around a half-built factory and we had to sit in temporary offices the rest of the day, not really doing anything. ... We were sleeping at our desks or reading magazines."

But Moxley says he and the fake businessmen got the "red-carpet treatment" at the opening ceremony for the factory.

"They had police escorting vehicles to the ceremony," he says. "We were sitting at the front row right before the stage. One guy was supposedly the company director, and he gave a speech in front of 100 or so people. At the end, he was taking pictures with the mayor and being interviewed on local TV."

Moxley says that although his experience was surreal, it's "surprisingly common."

"I've been here for three years, and it was something I heard about soon after I got here. Off the top of my head, I know about six people who have done similar things."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/rent-a-white-guy/308119/

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I became a fake businessman in China, an often lucrative gig for underworked expatriates here. One friend, an American who works in film, was paid to represent a Canadian company and give a speech espousing a low-carbon future. Another was flown to Shanghai to act as a seasonal-gifts buyer. Recruiting fake businessmen is one way to create the image—particularly, the image of connection—that Chinese companies crave. My Chinese-language tutor, at first aghast about how much we were getting paid, put it this way: “Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.”

Foreigners? Does anyone believe the same companies would hire "non-white" foreigners for this purpose? Why does everyone try so hard to avoid the conclusion that this is Eurocentrism, the whole Eurocentrism and nothing but Eurocentrism?

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The mayor was there with other local dignitaries, and so were TV cameras and reporters. We stood in the front row wearing suits, safety vests, and hard hats. As we waited for the ceremony to begin, a foreman standing beside me barked at workers still visible on the construction site. They scurried behind the scaffolding.

“Are you the boss?” I asked him.

He looked at me quizzically. “You’re the boss.”

Still don't believe me?

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #108 on: October 20, 2022, 02:47:55 pm »
Continuing from:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/msg16111/#msg16111

as if Reza Eurocentrist Pahlavi was not already psychologically colonized enough, his son was even worse:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Reza_Pahlavi

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throughout his life, Mohammad Reza was obsessed with height and stature, for example wearing elevator shoes to make himself look taller than he really was
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By the time Mohammad Reza turned 11, his father deferred to the recommendation of Abdolhossein Teymourtash, the Minister of Court, to dispatch his son to Institut Le Rosey, a Swiss boarding school, for further studies.
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The Crown Prince was educated in French at Le Rosey, and his time there left Mohammad Reza with a lifelong love of all things French.[40] In articles he wrote in French for the student newspaper in 1935 and 1936, Mohammad Reza praised Le Rosey for broadening his mind and introducing him to European civilisation.[41]
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During his time in Switzerland, Mohammad Reza befriended Ernest Perron introducing Mohammad Reza to French poetry and under his influence Chateaubriand and Rabelais became his "favorite French authors".[44] The Crown Prince liked Perron so much that when he returned to Iran in 1936, he brought Perron back with him, installing his best friend in the Marble Palace.[45] Perron lived in Iran until his death in 1961 and as the best friend of Mohammad Reza was a man of considerable behind-the-scenes power.[46]
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In 1942, Mohammad Reza met Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency in the 1940 election who was now on a world tour for President Roosevelt to promote his "one world" policy; Willkie took him flying for the first time.[65] The prime minister, Ahmad Qavam, had advised the Shah against flying with Wilkie, saying he had never met a man with a worse flatulence problem, but the Shah took his chances.[65] Mohammed Reza told Willkie that when he was flying he "wanted to stay up indefinitely".[65] Enjoying flight, Mohammad Reza hired the American pilot Dick Collbarn to teach him how to fly. Upon arriving at the Marble Palace, Collbarn noted that "the Shah must have twenty-five custom-built cars...Buicks, Cadillacs, six Rolls-Royces, a Mercedes".[65] During the Tehran conference in 1943, the Shah was humiliated when he met Joseph Stalin, who visited him in the Marble Palace and did not allow the Shah's bodyguards to be present, with the Red Army alone guarding the Marble Palace during Stalin's visit.[66]
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A qualified pilot, Mohammad Reza was fascinated with flying and the technical details of aeroplanes, and any insult to him was always an attempt to "clip my wings".
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Mohammad Reza was frequently unfaithful towards Farah, and his right-hand man Asadollah Alam regularly imported tall European women for "outings" with the Shah, though Alam's diary also mentions that if women from the "blue-eyed world" were not available, he would bring the Shah "local product".[150]
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He also had a passion for automobiles and aeroplanes, and by the middle 1970s, the Shah had amassed one of the world's largest collection of luxury cars and planes.[151]
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On 24 July 1959, Mohammad Reza gave Israel de facto recognition by allowing an Israeli trade office to be opened in Tehran that functioned as a de facto embassy, a move that offended many in the Islamic world.[127]
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Milani noted the close connection between architecture and power in Iran as architecture is the "poetry of power" in Iran.[154] In this sense, the Niavaran Palace, with its mixture of modernist style, heavily influenced by current French styles and traditional Persian style, reflected Mohammad Reza's personality.[153] Mohammad Reza was a Francophile whose court had a decidedly French ambiance to it.[155]

Mohammad Reza commissioned a documentary from the French film-maker Albert Lamorisse meant to glorify Iran under his rule. But he was annoyed that the film focused only on Iran's past, writing to Lamorisse there were no modern buildings in his film, which he charged made Iran look "backward".[149]
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The Shah continued on with his father’s ideas of Iranian nationalism concluding Arabs as the utmost other.
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Iran in the 1960s and 70s was a tolerant place for the Jewish minority with one Iranian Jew, David Menasheri, remembering that Mohammad Reza's reign was the "golden age" for Iranian Jews when they were equals, and when the Iranian Jewish community was one of the wealthiest Jewish communities in the world.
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In 1961, the Francophile Mohammad Reza visited Paris to meet his favourite leader, General Charles de Gaulle of France.[187] Mohammad Reza saw height as the measure of a man and a woman (the Shah had a marked preference for tall women) and the 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) de Gaulle was his most admired leader. Mohammad Reza loved to be compared to his "ego ideal" of General de Gaulle, and his courtiers constantly flattered him by calling him Iran's de Gaulle.[187] During the French trip, Queen Farah, who shared her husband's love of French culture and language, befriended the culture minister André Malraux, who arranged for the exchange of cultural artifacts between French and Iranian museums and art galleries, a policy that remained a key component of Iran's cultural diplomacy until 1979.[188] Many of the legitimising devices of the regime such as the constant use of referendums were modelled after de Gaulle's regime.[188] Intense Francophiles, Mohammad Reza and Farah preferred to speak French rather than Persian to their children.[189] Mohammad Reza built the Niavaran Palace which took up 9,000 square feet and whose style was a blend of Persian and French architecture.[190]
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The Shah was the first regional leader to grant de facto recognition to the State of Israel.
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In 1961 he defended his style of rule, saying "When Iranians learn to behave like Swedes, I will behave like the King of Sweden."[212]
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He coveted the British Order of the Garter, and had, prior to courting Maria Gabriella, inquired about marrying Princess Alexandra of Kent, granddaughter of King George V, but in both cases he was rebuffed in no uncertain terms.[223] As an Iranian, Mohammad Reza greatly enjoyed supporting the Greek branch of the House of Glücksburg, knowing the Greeks still celebrated their victories over the Persians in the 5th and 4th centuries BC.[222]
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going on to say that since he "belonged to this [European] world," he did not want Europe to collapse economically.[225]
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Reflecting his need to have Iran seen as "part of the world" (by which Mohammad Reza meant the western world), all through the 1970s he sponsored conferences in Iran at his expense
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In the field of diplomacy, Iran realised and maintained friendly relations with Western and East European countries as well as the state of Israel
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Mohammad Reza was also known for his interest in cars and had a personal collection of 140 classic and sports cars including a Mercedes-Benz 500K Autobahn cruiser, one of only six ever made.[374] The first Maserati 5000 GT was named the Shah of Persia, it was built for Mohammad Reza, who had been impressed by the Maserati 3500 and requested Giulio Alfieri, Maserati's chief engineer, to use a modified 5-litre engine from the Maserati 450S on the 3500GT's chassis.[375]



So when Khomeini began his revolution to take back Iran, the Eurocentrist Pahlavis naturally needed the worst possible insult to use against Khomeini. Can you guess what they came up with?

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attacking Ruhollah Khomeini, who was in exile in Iraq at the time; it referred to him as a homosexual, a drug addict, a British spy and claimed he was an Indian, not an Iranian.[248]

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #109 on: October 21, 2022, 09:18:11 pm »
How psychologically colonized is Mexico?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexicos-racial-reckoning-movement-protests-100044402.html

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A few months ago, several employees of an upscale Mexico City steakhouse came forward with a damning allegation: The restaurant had a policy of segregation in which the best tables were reserved for the customers with the lightest skin.
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Monserrat Ramos, a 26-year-old attorney from the state of Oaxaca who founded the group Basta Racismo MX, said reckoning with racism in Mexico requires opening "deep, deep colonial wounds."
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The Spanish conquest of the New World five centuries ago established a caste system in which social standing was largely determined by a person's racial mix. At the top of the ladder were people of European descent, followed by those of mixed colonial and Indigenous heritage. At the bottom were Indigenous people, followed by Black slaves.
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grandparents cajole young people to find a light-skinned partner "to improve the race."
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In films and on television, darker-skinned actors are often relegated to roles as housekeepers and criminals. A casting call for an Aeromexico advertisement in 2013 said “dark-skinned” people need not apply.

Racial inequality is just as visible in many homes, where women employed to cook, clean and nanny are often dark-skinned or Indigenous. It's not uncommon for apartment buildings to bar such laborers from public areas, or for elevators to be designated specifically for the help.
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Several described childhoods in which their mothers sought to change their complexion using skin-lightening products. One young man said that while breaking up with him, an ex-girlfriend had said: "I can't believe I was with an ugly brown person."

We have to break the false link between beauty and "whiteness":

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Aketzaly Verástegui, an actress with the group Poder Prieto, which pushes for diversity in film. "When I was growing up and watching television, I never saw faces that looked like mine."

You should be pushing not for diversity, but for an Aryan standard of facial aesthetics with your own face as the Mexican ideal:


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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #110 on: October 23, 2022, 02:14:54 pm »

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #111 on: November 01, 2022, 05:28:24 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/talk-cloak-racial-innocence-latino-160507227.html

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90% of the 10.7 million Africans forcibly brought to the Americas as survivors of the Middle Passage, were taken to Latin America and the Caribbean, in contrast to the 3.5% taken to what we now call the U.S. After the abolition of slavery, state actors and white elites maintained color hierarchies and exclusion with a racialized logic regarding the inferior intellect of Black people and cultural inadequacies of Indigenous communities. This racial logic continues to be perpetrated today to such an extent that it materially constrains Afro-Latino and Indigenous from socioeconomic advancement.

I would also add that most the Latin American gene pool is full of patrilineal bloodlines of conquistadors ("white" supremacists by definition) and matrilineal bloodlines of women who were at least Eurocentrist enough to choose to give birth rather than commit suicide after being **** by conquistadors, and at most Eurocentrist enough to proactively seek out conquistadors for sex. Therefore we should not exclude a likely heritable component to the Eurocentrism currently prevalent.

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When Latinos enter the U.S., their racial baggage comes along with them and continues to be passed along to younger generations as part of Latino culture. As an Afro Latina raised in the U.S., too often I’ve heard a relative say “Look behind the ears,” fearing a newborn infant has the potential to develop a dark skin tone. But Latino familial vigilance against Blackness does not stop with the inspection of ears. There is a vampiric attention to sun exposure that may deepen the darkness and thus “worsen” a child’s appearance.

Even Latinos who are thought to be blessed with European features are policed by their families when it comes to dating and marriage. The obsession with mejorando y adelantando la raza, or “improving and advancing the race,” by marrying lighter (ideally whiter) partners means each potential suitor is sorted out for taints of Blackness.

My own journey of collecting the stories of the victims of Latino anti-Blackness across the country revealed that Latino anti-Black bias in the U.S. causes long-lasting injuries. However, the Latino cultural self-image as racially innocent interferes with addressing the instances in which Latinos are agents of racial harm. This is because racial innocence hinders self-recognition of the problem and the motivation to make the changes necessary for racial progress. Instead, paltry rationalizations like “an intense moment of frustration and anger” are offered.

An apology and resignation from the Nury Martinez’s of the world are insufficient implements for dismantling the systemic racial innocence and creating social change. Instead, we need to enhance our racial literacy about the nature and extent of global anti-Blackness.

I dislike the term "anti-Blackness". The real problem is global Eurocentrism, in relation to which "anti-Blackness" is merely a side-effect since "blackness" is what "whites" view as most distant from "whiteness":

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/the-curse-of-ham-or-hamitic-myth/msg5069/#msg5069

and therefore the quest among Eurocentrists to become "whiter" implies avoiding association with "blackness". Stop wanting to become "whiter" and hostility towards "blackness" will disappear by itself. On the other hand, any attempts to end "anti-Blackness" that does not involve openly attacking Eurocentrism will get nowhere.
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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #112 on: November 10, 2022, 02:16:11 am »
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You don't need a French guy to arouse this Taiwanese girl's sexual fantasy - a French building will do! She started to strip soon after taking several photos with the Louvre in the background. I wonder what would eventually happen if not for the Paris cops coming over to caution her. What psyche is this???

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #113 on: November 18, 2022, 05:53:14 am »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/talk-cloak-racial-innocence-latino-160507227.html

I would also add that most the Latin American gene pool is full of patrilineal bloodlines of conquistadors ("white" supremacists by definition) and matrilineal bloodlines of women who were at least Eurocentrist enough to choose to give birth rather than commit suicide after being **** by conquistadors, and at most Eurocentrist enough to proactively seek out conquistadors for sex. Therefore we should not exclude a likely heritable component to the Eurocentrism currently prevalent.

Not sure about Latin American religions, but this is common teaching in my country.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_on_suicide#Buddhism

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In Theravada Buddhism, for a monk to so much as praise death, including dwelling upon life's miseries or extolling stories of possibly blissful rebirth in a higher realm in a way that might condition the hearer to commit suicide or to pine away to death, is explicitly stated as a breach in one of highest vinaya codes, the prohibition against harming life, one that will result in automatic expulsion from Sangha.[5]

[5] Pruitt & Norman, The Patimokkha, 2001, Pali Text Society, Lancaster, Defeat 3

And some countries even punish who try to unsuccessfully suicide by imprisonment.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_legislation



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Red: Suicide and assisted suicide illegal
Green: Suicide legal, assisted suicide illegal
Cyan: Suicide and assisted suicide legal
Grey: Legality not known

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #114 on: November 18, 2022, 02:04:23 pm »
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Not sure about Latin American religions, but this is common teaching in my country.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_on_suicide#Buddhism

However, not all Buddhists agree with the Buddhism practiced in your country:

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Buddhism & the Samurai
The helmets, suits of armor, and weapons in Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection (on view through June 5) are exemplars of fine craftsmanship and functional protective gear. But there is another factor to these great works of art that helped shape, quite literally, the forms you see in this exhibition at the Denver Art Museum: Buddhism. Various forms of Buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display.

Buddhism arrived in Japan during the sixth century and quickly became a powerful force for the ruling class. Though the indigenous practice of Shinto never disappeared (and, in fact many Shinto traditions merged with Buddhist ones), Buddhism and its various deity figures, rituals, and scriptures became quite influential. Pure Land Buddhism and the esoteric sects of Shingon and Tendai all contributed to the religious beliefs of the samurai.

Zen Buddhism & “the Way of the Warrior”

However, it was Zen Buddhism that best suited the warriors and complemented bushidō, the strict code of the samurai’s practice, or, “the way of the warrior.” Zen Buddhism eschewed the elaborate rituals and scriptures of Pure Land and the esoteric sects for the idea that all things are fleeting and enlightenment may be attained through spiritual and physical discipline. There was no concern for death, and this suited the samurai’s practice. The samurai must be ready to die at any moment—though the armor hopefully delayed that moment.
https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/blog/buddhism-and-samurai

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Seppuku (切腹, 'cutting [the] belly'), sometimes referred to as hara-kiri (腹切り, lit. 'abdomen/belly cutting', a native Japanese kun reading), is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. It was originally reserved for samurai in their code of honour but was also practised by other Japanese people during the Shōwa period (particularly officers near the end of World War II) to restore honour for themselves or for their families.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seppuku

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #115 on: November 25, 2022, 06:42:40 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/did-trendy-boba-tea-become-091508830.html

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According to the Urban Dictionary, a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang terms, a boba liberal is usually an upper-middle-class East or Southeast Asian living in the West, typically in the United States or Canada, who identifies as a liberal.

"But their association with liberal ideology and liberalism is simply a means to increase their proximity to whiteness or to pretend to be white themselves," the Urban Dictionary entry says. "Boba liberals use their Asian background as a platform to speak on behalf of the Asian population in the West, using talking points created by white liberals, which has a tendency to gaslight actual issues faced by the Asian diaspora."
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They can be found on Instagram, too, taking selfies in high-fashion clothes. And they love to talk about films like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Shang-Chi."

That sounds pretty shallow, doesn't it?
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One of the group's members suggested that former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang fits the profile:

"Basically an Asian who enjoyed a lot of white-adjacent privileges, but is ignorant of the struggles that many different Asian community faces. During election season he plays tropes like 'I'm good at math' to display a superficial Asian-ness."

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/enemies/andrew-yang/

Woke comment:

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White adjacency is a false myth pushed by Asians who think that by pretending they are not being discriminated against somehow will gain them more credibility among their mostly their white partners and community. You can be pretty sure that their kids with Anglo last names will not check that Asian box when applying for college admissions, because deep down they know being Asian will lower their chances not only at university admissions but also promotions at work.

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #116 on: December 06, 2022, 09:14:36 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-miss-croatia-teases-japanese-212105715.html

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Croatian model Ivana Knoll teased Japanese fans with a video of herself eating sushi after Croatia’s win against Japan at the World Cup in Qatar on Monday.
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Following Croatia’s high-stakes win, Knoll took to her Instagram again to post the video of herself eating the sushi rolls, writing in the caption, “Only sushi is on today’s menu.”

Can you imagine a Japanese person doing the reverse if Japan had beaten Croatia? Neither can I. It would surely be considered rude. Yet when the rudeness is coming from a "white" and directed towards Japan:

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“I am your fan in Japan! Thanks for the great match,” a Japanese Instagram user wrote. “I support the Croatia national team.”

This is Eurocentrism. This is what it means to be psychologically colonized.

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Before the match, Knoll, who has over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, was spotted taking pictures with several Japanese football fans at the game. She also posed with other Japanese fans outside the stadium.




To be fair, it's not just the male fans:



(Note the similarity in face shapes. The above photos perfectly illustrate my theory of non-Giant Gentiles worshipping Giants due to the latter's higher sexual dimorphism.)

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Those visiting Qatar to watch the World Cup are advised to wear clothes covering their shoulders and to avoid wearing short skirts when entering specific establishments, such as museums, shopping centers and select restaurants. Failure to do so may result in a hefty fine or a jail sentence.

Why hasn't Knoll been thrown in jail yet? It seems that psychological colonization also exists within Qatari law enforcement.....
« Last Edit: December 06, 2022, 09:25:02 pm by 90sRetroFan »

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #117 on: December 09, 2022, 07:59:35 pm »
https://www.sportbible.com/football/qatar-miss-croatia-ivan-knoll-world-cup-896552-20221203

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But while many thought the locals wear caught in the act, Mohammed Hassan Al-Jefairi says they were only taking pictures to disapprove of her outfit.

"Just for your info they take a photo not because they like her but because they don't like the way she is mis-dressed on regards to our culture," he wrote on Twitter in response to @TrollFootball.

"You can confirm this with any local Qatari Probably to report it."

https://twitter.com/maljefairi/status/1598787885116727296?t=JxbDL0-AyYSZA6RCrmdcmw&s=19



https://the18.com/soccer-entertainment/world-cup-2022/ivana-knoll-world-cup-celebrity-former-miss-croatia


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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #118 on: December 09, 2022, 08:31:32 pm »
No one is fooled:

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No offense meant, sir, but your justification is funny. Their facial expressions, body language, and how they hold the phone all give away their intentions rather clearly.

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No sir you're just unnecessary defensive,we can all see his expression 😆 and also the body language,men are men once the see a woman are easily shaking.

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Yeah, their faces look like they can't wait to report it. Don't make me laugh!

More examples:







Knoll herself is aware that it's OK for her to be "white" in Qatar:

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She spoke with TMZ Sports about defying Qatar’s dress codes claiming the locals have embraced her.

"The locals confirmed to me that I can wear whatever I want," Knoll said to TMZ Sports.
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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #119 on: December 18, 2022, 07:27:31 pm »
Note the interviewees' face shapes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8fka5q2fdo

From the comments:

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"they are born with good features and have double eyelids"

jeez, way to put yourself WAY down.

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Jesus... what do you like most about foreigners? "They don't look Japanese."

This is how colonized they are.

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Why do the Japanese have so much self-esteem issues with their own bodies? Why do they want blonde hair, double eyelids, and bigger noses? What is the source of their envy?

Take one guess.

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they all want to be white for some reason... Its sad

Correct! And yes.

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It's always interesting that in Japan, forigner is automatically associated with white european/american, like that is the standard of foreigner regardless of the thousands of different ppl groups on the globe, ranging from different parts of Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, Native Americans, Carribeans, Polynesians, Melonisians, Pacific Islanders, etc.

Interesting they go straight to Europe/US when asked this question and ignore the other countries on their doorstep in Asia.

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Foreigner is immediately assumed to be European or European colonist, ie whitey. There are billion people on earth and less than a tenth of those are whites.

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It sounds like they're describing mostly White Foreigners than Black, Latino, or other non-Asian foreigners if you ask me

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by “foreigner” do they just mean white ppl?

It's called Eurocentrism.

For the record:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac_Efron

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His surname originates from Hebrew.[8] His paternal grandfather is Jewish,[9] and Efron has described himself as Jewish

Jews are "white". Anyone who thinks otherwise is an absolute moron.