After the jump is a thread on the brief history of the North Sentinelese by “Respectable Lawyer.” This thread appeared in my Moments Page. His bio reads as “Anti-corporate pirate who gains access to courthouses with foolproof cosplay of a Respectable White Lawyer.”
There are three actors in this recent Missionary saga:
(1.) The (part) Chinese American missionary, John Allen Chau, who is technically a PoC.
(2.) The Sentinelese themselves who are the pristine natives.
(3.) The Indian government, which is not Western.
Essentially in a rather amusing way it involves the three great non-white colours of mankind (black, brown and yellow). Also to make the matter even more tantalising when we think “remote Indian tribes” we don’t usually think of India but rather Native American or Amerindian peoples. So the story involves Christianity, missionaries, colonialism and native people trying to fight back; a real life Desi version of Avatar.
Could have been written without the gratuitous colour commentary surely?
Not sure what purpose the anthropologist's ethnic origin serves – beyond that he was the citizen of the same country that administers Jarawa & Sentinel Islands? https://t.co/BSLSpe8D7Z
— SLAPSTIK (@kaeshour) November 22, 2018
Also when the NY Times did profile an Indian anthropologist (with the helpful name T.N Pandit), they had to throw in these lovely lines (cue eye-roll for helpful mention of caste and colour):
Mr. Pandit, the pale-skinned son of a Kashmiri professor, reaches to pass a coconut to a group of naked, dark-skinned young men who have waded waist-deep in water to greet him. He sits companionably beside a dark-skinned young woman, whose hand rests casually on his thigh. Film shot in 1974 shows him — a reserved Brahmin — dancing exuberantly with a bare-breasted Jarawa woman.
The twitter thread below is very informative but goes to great lengths to blame an English administrator (Maurice Vidal Portman) for why the North Sentinelese are as hostile as they are to foreign contact.
So it goes from being a story about Coloured People at war to one woke white guy throwing shade at a dead white dude. My rather convoluted point being is that even in a story splashed with so much colour; Twitter ultimately still wants to read about white saviors & villains (I know I’m being harsh).
That’s perfectly fine and even healthy, people are (generally) interested in their own kind or in their betters (that’s how class systems work). Of course for the Rest of us we are also interested in the West because it represents an Apex Civilisation.
This isn’t always strictly true since K-Pop and Manga push back in East Asia while Bollywood does the same in South Asia. Interesting in all 3 (K-Pop, Manga & Bollywood) there is a Westernised aesthetic at play but that would be understandable owing to colonial influence and maybe even deep-rooted human colour preference (I’m simply speculating)
However since 1492, the beginning of the Modern Age, we have been progressively in a culture where white people and the West were the overwhelming dominant narrative. That is beginning to *gradually* change but I don’t think “woke” activists understand what it actually means to be a marginalised demographic (which is ultimately what they are advocating for their own kind to become) and what it means to actually pass on the Megaphone.
That level of self-awareness won’t really kick in until well after the fact of marginalisation. The Olympian gods always yearned for some level of mortality in their constant pining for humans but they never voluntarily descended into Hades from Olympus; it was simply an amusing fantasy that they had. In the same manner when Ellen Pompeo talks about how the “crew sets needs to reflect the street she walks in” she doesn’t really mean that the attention should actually go off her. The irony of that is that the focus is more than ever on her (publicity is oxygen) and her virtue-signalling; people are very interested in a beautiful white actress’s important thoughts on diversity.