Why is skin color a major factor with regards
to the issue of colonization?
It started with a belief whereas in the past, it was believed that before one could be able to colonize or take over an area, one must have the high position in the society, just like what British people think they are when they colonized India. The British colony ruled over India for more than two hundred (200) years. History clearly shows that the British treated Indians lowly and unfairly. In this scenario, the British are the colonizers. If they are the colonizers, their role is to “help”, “lift up”, “educate” the colonized, the Indians. An article titled “The Indian Inferiority Complex” by Sharell शारेल (2010) staes that even the concept of beauty was enforced by the colonizers. White skin is considered the epitome of beauty and class. The only time Indians are treated properly if they are able to imitate British and western lifestyles. Or in simple terms, white people are the colonizers or the superiors, while the black people are their slaves or the inferiors. Because of this, Indians feels (perhaps until now) this inferiority complex, looking up to the fairer population, which is the British. But as Sharell शारेल (2010) asks “Did Indians create their own inferiority complex by trying to imitate the British? If not, where does this notion of western superiority come from?” Actually, on my opinion, there is no such thing as superior and inferiority complex. Superior and inferiority complex only applies because of how people take it in to their minds. But really, no one is really superior when it comes to our own unique races; all of us have distinct identity that can break the barriers of both parties who has this superior-inferior way of thinking. We must respect one another for we are all equally made by our creator. It is our role to reach out with one another by means of interaction so that we would be able to realize that there are a lot of similarities apart from coming...
References: Duban, S. (2013, April 9). Dharma Talk: Finding Our True Home. Retrieved January 2014, from The Mindfulness Bell: http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/wp/tag/superiorityinferiority-complex/
शारेल, S. (2010, July 17). The Indian Inferiority Complex. Retrieved January 2014, from Diary of a White Indian Housewife: http://www.whiteindianhousewife.com/2010/07/the-indian-inferiority-complex/
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