Now that there are three posts on this issue, I would like us to discuss an issue I haven’t made up my mind at all yet.
Yesterday I dealt with slavery and the scars it has produced in many authors. I also mentioned Jamaica Kincaid who, in her work, A Small Place, hates tourists visiting Antigua. All through her novel, she keeps repeting: you (find this charming, love the hot weather) because you are American, or worse, European.
As a European, although not the typical tourist who would buy the cheapest holiday package to any Caribbean island only taking into account the price, I cannot but feel a little bit offended. I understand her position, but, as a European, I have done nothing to her. So, in my opinion, she is generalizing a little bit about Americans and Europeans. However, I personally dislike those who go to the Caribbean only looking for a Heaven-in-Earth place, a sunny place full of charming and easy going blacks.
What do you think? Do you recognize this behaviour as part of your country? Do you feel offended as an American/European?
I am very interested in your feedback, this is an important issue in postcolonialism, so please, leave your comments below so we can share our views. Thanks!
- Oroonoko by Aprha Bhen (The Book Depository, 7$) – 17th century novel about the author’s travel to “an exotic place” where she meets a beautiful and passionate young black man and his love story.
- The Martyr (Ngugi wa Thiong’o) This is a short story so recent, I couldn’t find it online for you. Sorry! It deals with some uprisings in Kenya. One of my favourites.