SIXTH TAG SPOT ON for the philippines anyway. colonial mentality is a downer. fuck spain sometimes man.
because that one post got me so heated that i’ve already clogged up two people’s inboxes with messages on my feelings SO IM TALKING TO YOU ABOUT THIS, YOU VOLUNTEERED PRACTICALLY, LETS TALK RACE IN COLONIALIZED COUNTRIES AND THE EfFECTS IT HAS ON SOCIAL STRUCTURES
because omg dude THE THINGS IT DOES TO SOCIAL HIERARCHIES
I can’t speak for the Philippines (BUT OMG IF YOU CAN, SEND ME INFO, I LOVE LEARNING) but in Latin America, pre-colonizing, there was the indigenous way of doing things; Aztec, Inca, Zapotec, Mayan, all of these indigenous groups worked within their own ideas of social structures and political methods (the Aztecs and Incas more… violent than others). They had their own languages, their own way of deciding power and social classes, and none of it was based on race.
(there was tribal discrimination, on the other hand- Aztecs, for instance, were warriors through and through and they took on slaves from conquered tribes, but it wasn’t race-based. The treatment of women is a while ‘nother issue as well )
BUT SPANISH RULE HAPPENED (or Portuguese, depending on the country) AND SHIT HITS THE FAN. Because not only do racial structures come into existence- they also adjust for the circumstances. Because as time goes on, people settle, classes begin to establish themselves and you can’t just have all spanish men be on top- because women weren’t coming to the Americas (or, in many cases, men just didn’t want to bring them (FUN FACT- the Spanish had to make a law that gave women some power over their husbands due to this very fact, because so many men would leave and abandon their families once they got to the “New World”)).
so wives, offspring of white men with indigenous women- they were given a level of respect (see: Malinche, Columbus’ famous translator who was famous among the Spanish and treated with respect despite being an indigenous woman). So the privileged are established, and that leaves the rest of the indigenous- AND ALSO ALL THE BLACK SLAVES THAT THE SPANISH(AND PORTUGUESE) BROUGHT OVER
because guess what? The US only imported a fraction of African slaves during slavery- Latin America imported the vast majority, and considering that so many died (The Caribbean had this big problem, because Africans were just not used to the weather/conditions), it was a truly tragic time and it created a lot of racial tension. Indigenous workers were preferred (and thus treated sliiiightly better) because they weren’t as likely to drop dead, and so there it is! The birth of the hierarchy!
And this still goes on today (I just ranted for forever about the black erasure that goes on in some Latin American countries, where the concentration of black slaves was smaller, to a friend), so yeah.
SCREECHES A LOT ABOUT THIS
this is actually my third draft and i guess i’ll just sum it up as YES OH MY GOD SO MUCH SIMILARITY but less on indigent-slave-colonist system and more indigent-colonist system. Because here? INDIOS (indigent peoples in the Philippines) were the slaves. There’s little to no acknowledgement/report of slaves being brought into the country. That leaves the indigents taking the brunt of the effects of the Spanish entry.
White privelege is basically borne out of the past and the continued erasure of representation from the side of the oppressed/silenced- the indigents. It doesn’t look any better if you look at this racial discrimination intersectionally with the concurrent social classism borne out of capitalism (WARNING SHOTS!!!) and even more so if you throw a dash of gender inequality in there (CODE RED!!!!).
AND YES I SAW THAT ON A DOCUMENTARY (plus that visit to liverpool was both horrifying and enlightening). The idea that slavery is something new to the world is stupid. HOWEVER, THE LENGTHS AT WHICH THE DOMINATING SUPERPOWERS AT THAT TIME DID TO THE PRACTICE OF SLAVERY, THEIR EXTENDING OF IT, THEIR CAPITALIZATION OF IT, IS WORSE THAN THE IDEA OF DEHUMANIZATION ITSELF, ESPECIALLY AS ITS EFFECTS STILL RESONATE WITH GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS, INCLUDING TODAY AND THOSE IN THE FUTURE. It’s like being in a playground and you got 5thgradebully!colonists stomping on the sandcastle 3rdgradekid!you made. Except the sandcastle is your culture and civilization and the playground is the world.
Pre-colonial Philippines might as well be a muddled memory considering what Spain did to ensure complete and efficient evangelization okay. They razed EVERYTHING to the ground, even before we became an expansion-hungry sort of civilization. Our development as a people was nipped before it bloomed and we ended up being grafted on by foreign entities. It’s why when globalization started (the modern concept of it), the idea of our ethnicity is based on our nationality for the most part. and that is a very shitty thing I think. And what I think? Yeaaaah. Product of three hundred years of being colonized by white people who want fucking gold and sugar.
Damn history. Damn it all.