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anonymous asked:

Relating to your post on Scottish Cringe, how do you feel about viewing Scotland as postcolonial? Some people don't like it, usually because Scotland is sometimes seen as still under colonial rule but also played a part in colonialism (Glasgow tobacco lords). It's difficult to look at the history of Scotland and not draw similarities between the colonisation of Scotland and other nations, like with the Highland clearances and the historical banning of Scots and Gaelic in schools.

It’s a tricky subject and one that could be debated almost endlessly. I think one of the issues is that the line between self-deprecation and genuine self-loathing can be quite blurry.

We could go on for weeks about how kilts and tartans were banned until they were romanticised by the victorians and so on. This allows people who ‘cringe’ on the modern kilt to say ‘oh but it’s because it’s Victorian romanticisation I hate.’

This, to me, is absolutely shite but it allows people to have an easy get-out when they moan about people wearing kilts.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Scotland was oppressed as a nation and fierce British nationalism (and titles and money) changed Scotland. Every country has its share of greedy cunts though and I think that to portray Scotland only in one of the two extremes of being totally complicit in the British Empire or totally oppressed by the British Empire is wrong.

I’m hoping that the idea of an empire and slavery museum in glasgow takes off as it could be crucial in changing how the British Empire is perceived in Scotland.

Ludu Daw Amar

Journalist and activist Ludu Daw Amar was born on November 29, 1915 Mandalay, Burma. Beginning in her years as a student, Amar was a fierce opponent of British, and later Japanese colonial rule. She and her husband founded the leftist magazine Progress, as well as the People Journal. She also published several translations. After independence, they became the targets of government censorship, and the army destroyed their press. After being detained by the regime along with her son, Amar continued to write, but never for state publications.

Ludu Daw Amar died in 2008 at the age of 92.

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