Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The White Man Cometh

He comes
With his interview protocols
And questions
About cultural practices, magic, and ritual.
He Comes
Because he has the tools
Of this thing
He calls Ethnography.
Through which
he says he can
Figure out our culture
And explain our weird customs.
He comes
To conquer
Disguised as a friend
Lives amidst us, eats our food,
And dances in our pagan dances
Only to write back
To his other White friends
About our primitive stories.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

True, the white man ethnographer cometh to breathe the same air, eat the same food, and badly dance pagan stylee. However, at least white man ethnographer has the courage to come himself, in his own skin, to enter a dialog before beginning to conquer. This is the rare white man. Most conquerors. today employ biostatisticians, administrative data analysts, and policy wonks who conquer remotely, cowardly without showing their faces while breathing canned air, eating processed food, and badly dance to Lawrence Welk. Are they the same conqueror? Are they both worthy of the same condemnation?