REST IN PEACE CHINUA ACHEBE.
I remember having to petition my teacher to read “Things Fall Apart” in middle school for an independent project in my ‘Honors Brit Lit’ class - where lauding the origins of eurocentric language and anglo cultural hegemony was more important than reading about the long-lasting implications of British colonial rule in Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, oppression does not automatically produce only meaningful struggle…
To answer oppression with appropriate resistance requires knowledge of two kinds: in the first place, self-knowledge by the victim, which means awareness that oppression exists, an awareness that the victim has fallen from a great height of glory or promise into the present depths; secondly, the victim must know who the enemy is. He must know his oppressor’s real name, not an alias, a pseudonym, or a nom de plume!”
from “The Education of a British-Protected Child” pg. 57