You Can’t Win So Don’t Enter

Eurocentrism often intoxicates Afrikans and other oppressed peoples with what I call its “lying maxims,” short phrases that are presented as “common sense” but are really only “common” to Eurocentrists themselves. For example, “you can’t win if you do not enter.” One should ask the Christians who came into the arena in Rome to face the lions and were quickly devoured whether it would not have been better for their well being to have stayed outside. If what you are “entering” is a theatre of oppression, “winning” in any meaningful way with respect to your own collective interests is inextricably connected to NOT entering.


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