To recap, in class Wednesday we learned about Leny Strobels framework for processing and recovering from the decolonization process. We learned that the process can be summarized in three phases: naming, reflection, and action. Through these three phases, a person is meant to understand what it is that affects their underlying colonial mentality and help to relieve that.
Now, what I'm going to talk about is our own class responses and trying to fill in this framework to better ourselves and the community. Why is understanding this process important? Also, why is it important to use and understand this framework to better ourselves?
So, after discussing what other students filled in for their version of naming, reflection, and action, I found many commonalities. Firstly, many students mentioned that in order to slow down the decolonization process, we must understand what it is that's affecting us and combat it. This can be, for example, researching information on the causes for diabetes and how it ties to colonization (I bring up this point since it was mentioned heavily), and then also finding out ways to combat it which can include eating healthier and spreading awareness on the epidemic. Secondly, many students mentioned that a part of our cultural identity is also affected. This is because indigenous food or social customs get lost within a more recognized, or more accepted cultural standard.
Now, why is understanding this process important and how can we use it to better ourselves? I mentioned it a little before in what other students said, but the framework helps breakdown colonization and how to combat the effects of it. Also, it allows people to critically think about their surroundings and not just accept things on a surface level.