Simukai Chigudu is associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford
In modern Britain, colonialism has transcended its historical epoch. It exists in the present as a kind of nostalgia for the country’s hegemony on the world stage, while fuelling nationalism, buttressing white supremacy and generating anxieties about immigration and cultural change.
The argument against colonialism is nationalism and anxiety about immigration.
If no one was worried about Them Foreign coming over and running our country then there wouldn’t be an argument against colonialism, would there?
And the thing is a professor at Oxford is supposed to be able to reason through such points……
As educators, I think part of our professional mandate is to constantly improve equality, diversity and inclusion among students and colleagues.
Actually, some of us think that an important part of the job is to think.