Saturday, February 17, 2018

Back to slavery

The hypersexuality during the Carnival season brings much negativity. Instead of Carnival representing a liberation from colonialisation, it is now promoting our people as the sexual animals we were deemed to be by our slave masters.

While we do want to market our pulsating spirit as part of our cultural fabric, we must not sell ourselves as sexual animals. Don't we have anything else to offer than mating habits?

The sexual display of full-bodied women on a stage is not an empowering thing. It is degrading. Consider that our forefathers were put into a ring and made to dance in humiliation for the entertainment of slave masters.

Are we now trivialising ourselves? To assume that displays of mating behaviour makes one liberated is erroneous. We are actually pleasing our colonisers and fitting the role of neo-slaves or neo-labourers.

Exhibiting ourselves as sexual animals is making us out to be the object, tool and device that our slave masters deemed us to be. Those slave masters did not see us as anything better than that—so do we wish to prove them right?

We enjoy music with lyrics that are full of puns on repulsive words. Yet many parents love to take refuge in corporal punishment when their little ones repeat those words.

On Carnival day, children look at adults acting it all out in what is called "dancing". Is this what we want to show to the rest of the world? Do you really have to bare it all, and be disgraceful? Can't the band leaders instruct their members to have dignity? Or will that ruin the money-making part of the business?

Is it not hypocritical to retreat to the different religious outlets whose scriptures hold passages of the destruction of cities and earthquakes for precisely the kinds of lewd behaviour and public displays that our Carnival sadly entails?

Amina Ali-Razzaq

St Augustine