Can we unlearn the colonial mentality?

Can we unlearn the colonial mentality?

Colorism and colonialism are inextricably linked. They go hand in hand, and we must unlearn both to get rid of them. Colonialism and colorism distort our perceptions of persons with dark complexion, whether Filipino or not, and drive us to perceive them as unattractive or inferior. These beliefs lead to black-black and white-white marriages and social interactions based on physical appearances instead of what is inside people's hearts.

Colorism is the belief that one can tell how good someone is by their skin color. This is a colonial mindset that has been inherited by many Filipinos who see blacks and whites as either superior or inferior. In reality, everyone has equal worth and value. The only thing that matters is what you do with your life; you cannot be judged by your colors.

There is evidence that shows that blacks in the United States have accepted white people seeing their skin color as a negative thing and have tried hard to change this perception. There are organizations such as Black America Live that have formed to promote understanding between blacks and whites. They believe that blacks and whites should work together to overcome racism and build a better future for all people regardless of color.

Similarly, there are some groups in the Philippines that fight colorism by forming alliances with other minority groups such as the Lakas ng Bayan (Lakas means "tribe" in Tagalog). They aim to improve living conditions for minorities in the country.

Do Filipinos have a colonial mentality?

Yes, colonialism, particularly skin-whitening, has been on many Filipinos' thoughts recently. Throughout the years, many people have chronicled and shared their sad memories, challenges, confusions, and heartaches concerning the colonial mentality.

Colonialism is a system of rule or influence exercised by a colony over a master country or countries. Colonization usually involves the transfer of political, economic, social, and cultural institutions from one country to another. During colonization, much of what is known as the "Third World" developed country infrastructure was built - schools, hospitals, roads - all under the guise of transferring knowledge from the colonizing country to its new subjects.

When Filipino colonists went abroad to work, they brought back with them ideas about how things should be done. For example, in England, they would build pubs for their return home. In the Philippines, people used to drink either wine or beer, but now they also like to drink whiskey. The colonists also transferred their currency system, which consisted only of coins worth different amounts of silver or gold, into the countries they ruled. These practices ended up putting pressure on the governments in Manila to start printing money too. This is why today's Philippine peso is made of 100 centimos - that's 0.01 peso!

As you can see, this entire system was designed to keep colonies dependent on their masters.

What is regarded as the culprit for the Filipino colonial mentality?

Colonial mindset more specifically refers to indigenous people's belief that they are inferior in some manner to their colonists. The Filipino preoccupation with mestizos, particularly their vocal preference for lighter skin tone, can be attributed to Spanish colonial control. In addition, Indians were enslaved and transported to Spain from where they were sent to America; therefore, they shared this colonial mentality.

Filipinos also believe that they are inferior because of their history of colonization, which has made them feel like second-class citizens within the country they call home. Although the United States has a colonial influence in the Philippines, this does not mean that Filipinos accept American authority or culture.

Even after gaining independence, the Philippines still experiences a colonial mentality due to its government structure. The President acts as both head of state and head of government, which means they have absolute power over their countries affairs. This allows them to hold on to office even after leaving politics, which few other leaders around the world can say they do. Additionally, many officials across the nation earn a living through corruption, which further promotes this mentality because the system provides no incentive for these individuals to improve their communities.

Finally, the Filipino cultural identity or "kabataan spirit" is under threat due to the increasing number of foreign workers in the country.

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Melissa Aguinaga

Melissa Aguinaga loves to talk about psychology, memory improvement, and the emotional benefits of learning new things. Melissa has a degree in psychology from Harvard University, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge of the mind with others through writing articles on topics she knows the most about!

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