Aimé Césaire's "Discourse on Colonialism"
Alan Pelaez Lopez's "The X in Latinx Is a Wound, Not a Trend"
Alan Pelaez Lopez's "The X in Latinx Is a Wound, Not a Trend" mentions and links Aimé Césaire's "Discourse on Colonialism" in their essay, and so I find the two works in an endless, valuable conversation.
Césiare's "Discourse on Colonialism" critics the interaction between civilization and colonialism, affirming that the relationship can never be rationalized as a moral positioning, even by the most praised or trained rhetoric of Western thought, despite his contemporaries trying it. An important detail I note throughout the essay is the effort of Western academics, thinkers, and literary writers in wanting to rationalize and justify the ends of colonialism.
Alan Pelaez Lopez's "The X in Latinx Is a Wound, Not a Trend" details the creation of Latinidad from colonialism, and as to no surprise, the reader is forced to confront the violent outcomes of an identity formed from violence.
From the readings I hope to gather a deep understanding of colonialism's stark results: racism, elitism, misogyny, homophobia, diasporas, and etc.
Per usual, I am here to listen, organize, donate, and anything else I'm capable of offering.