ow has the history of Kama with its colonial dimension impacted the lives of the Kmt populations all over the world and even today. Cultural alienation can be defined as the deprivation of freedoms, of essential human rights experienced by a person or a social group under the pressure of permanent cultural factors which enslave it to nature or to a ruling class.
The direct consequence is the loss of cultural identity of this population which is therefore obliged to assimilate to that of its former colonist. As if the Kmts were suffering from Stockholm syndrome, characterized by the paradoxical behavior of a victim who feels sympathy and even admiration for his executioner.
Marcus Garvey, precursor of Pan-Africanism, said that a people ignorant of their history was like a tree without a root. Indeed, far from its origins, traditions, customs and beliefs, anyone would be confused. Take the example of a man who, having had a serious accident, falls into a coma and wakes up with total loss of memory, in a country unknown to him. He does not know where he comes from so can only identify with those who live in this country. He will be led to adopt their habits and in the long run will come to resemble them culturally, breaking away from everything that was once familiar to him. Black therefore tends to want to resemble, and this unconsciously, the white population that enslaved and colonized him. This is noticeable in his daily life, even if he often has trouble admitting it to himself, it is part of him, of his history.
Not forgetting to mention that each African nation has its own cultural identity according to the mores of its people. The main cause is that black people feel obliged to forget themselves in order to exist and be recognized with a certain human dignity. Alienation allows him to move up the social ladder, appropriating this culture which is not his own serves him for social promotion. Indeed, despite the end of slavery and colonization, black people keep in mind that the white man is the one who succeeds in life, the one who holds absolute knowledge and above all the power to decide who deserves or not to have a place of choice in society. But as an African proverb says: A piece of wood may stay in the river, but it will never be transformed into a caiman.
For example, our African regional languages are most often put last after French and English. Some parents in the diaspora also prefer their children not to learn their African language in order to better integrate into the West. However, language is the first cultural vehicle of a nation because it expresses the way of thinking of an entire people. In linguistics, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis also reveals that a language can indicate the way of thinking and thinking of a person. Thus, culture and way of life influence the way of communicating and through language, ideas and behavior of a person can be detected. Language therefore allows us to preserve our customs. To speak of that of the Westerners is to assimilate the Western world. Integrating in a foreign country does not always mean that you have to turn the page and forget where you come from.
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