When I was working at Haffner the other day, I was making Nigerian Banana Chicken. While I was scooping banana mush onto the chicken, several different full time staff passed. The chef I was working with talked to another full time staff member who was from Africa, though not Nigeria, if he recognized the use to bananas with meat. This staff member found the concept foreign as well. Later on, the staff member approached the manager asking why we did not have African soup for the African bar. He complained that the African bar had no foods that he identified as African. He said that these were still American foods. We found out further on in the conversation that the recipes are found on the Internet for the African bar at Haffner.
How can we not perceive arrogantly? From Childhood and Postcolonization, we see how colonization has touched every aspect of modern life in the world. I particularly think of how Western standards of beauty and the emphasis on the Western world has affected women around the world. In Asian countries, plastic surgery is a norm in order to create double eyelids and pointier noses. The movie made by Chris Rock, Good Hair, reveals the extent to which African American women go through to have straight hair, or Westernized hair. To be honest, I sometimes categorize Caucasian people, subconsciously. I realized this because there are certain white people that I feel more comfortable around than others. This is because some people, I do not define by their race while others I do. The people who are more than their race to me are open to different cultures and the world. For others, it is not their fault that they have not been exposed to different people but that does not stop me from feeling more or less comfortable. This is where I perceive arrogantly.
I am humbled when I realize all the products I use that have been tainted by neocolonization. Modern day slavery is very real and is especially rising in Asian countries. In this way, I am the arrogant one who still uses a laptop when the material used to make this product went through many unwilling hands. Looking back to the example of the African bar, it shows that the Internet gives us access to so much knowledge. However, sometimes this knowledge makes us think that we can continue to be arrogant. I am arrogant as well as an arrogant perceiver, this makes me very complex and hopefully gives me more loving understanding.