Zinc walls, no roof, with a lappa door •
Where people see “poor Africans”, I often see simpler, healthier and more beautiful life. I’m bored by these Eurocentric/American-centric ways of seeing the world. I’m not interested in these narratives of poverty and sickness, given to peoples who could be rich and thriving if they had control over their own communities/nations. •
My aunt (who immigrated to the US and now moved back home) was recently talking about how people (aka Black colonizers from the US) came to Liberia and changed the native way of life. That people were just fine making farms and living in peace, but colonizers decided to move them into cities, educate them in their schools, make them dependent on their food, medicine, etc. Basically my auntie has been teaching decolonization theory before ya’ll started getting PhD’s in it. •
I don’t want to romanticize poverty or inequality; there are some things that people need access to but are deprived of. Also communities can hold onto old traditions and still modernize. The people who use this bathroom have smart phones and TVs. •
But this bathroom right here, where I bathed and looked up into the bright green forest towering over me...that’s beautiful. That’s way more beautiful than a tiny NYC apartment bathroom will ever be. Also I low-key HATE bathrooms, no matter how clean they are. So this is my ideal situation right here. ....I think this turned into a rant. But I’ve been thinking a lot about that bathroom!
#westafrica #liberia #farmlife #indigenous #kpelle #knowyourculture #knowyourroots #decolonize