Week 5 – “African Identities” Appiah

October 28, 2007

“It is important for us to continue trying to tell our truths” (228). I’ve been taking a Storytelling class at Fuller, and we talk about how crucial stories are to the preservation of our identities. When we hear a story, we identify with it in some way, find a bit of ourselves in the characters or situation. Colonialism clearly has done so much harm to the identities of the colonized, and now that we’re in the postcolonial era, it’s up to those once-colonized to figure out who they are really and declare it to the world…and it’s up to the rest of us to acknowledge the validity of their claims.

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