The formation of the European identity was important in subjugating the indigenous people. In the same way that the Europeans wanted to create cultural ideologies for the indigenous they had to create a new identity for themselves. In creating the “other”, which was the people to be colonized, the European had to recreate his own identity in direct opposition to that of the colonizer, one that is greater and more human. Steve Biko first mentions this concept in I Write What I Like. In this passage Biko attempts to explain the philosophy behind the Europeans hostile actions. He writes, “…the great plan is to keep the black people thoroughly intimidated and to perpetuate the “super race” image of the white man, ,.....
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...ccount for the moral and legitimacy of the nation, it has resulted in a loss of legitimacy and a subtle hatred in the individuals that are oppressed and alienated throughout the world. The Europeans “identity theft” has created a façade amongst the world; they continue to destroy themselves, their culture, and legitimacy for power and control
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