***In fact it could be argued that we have culturally colonized Britain, from the language to the food to the music***
Actually I have argued (in a 2006 essay)that Rastafari were largely responsible for cultural decolonization in Jamaica through InI promotion of oppositional consciousness and collective action. One of the greatest signifiers of "being cultured" in colonial Jamaica was/ is the ability to speak "proper English", mastering the British language and accent. Language has been used by the colonizers to encode subtle (and not so subtle) patterns of subordination/ downpression and when ones accept the language of the colonizers in its entirety ultimately InI accept those patterns, inferences etc. and in this way participate in perpetuating those patterns. Various Creoles emerge as resistance to this and incorporate memories of the languages of InI homes and the worldview that those languages represent. InI know the reality of word/sound/power...
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