Atrocities of oppression, white supremacy, and ignorance of Blackness are quite
common in my everyday life as well as the history of my family. These factors
can be traced to colonization. I find it crucial to note that forgiveness is indeed
required, however, once offensive things are forgotten, they risk being repeated.
From the stance of an Indian African Black body, I provide the example of
British induced suffering from the colonization of my motherland India, namely
‘the Bengal famine of 1943’ in which 4.3 million people starved to death. The
colonial rule of the British had violently enforced ideals of supremacy over the
textile industry leading to famine, patriarchy, ‘civilization’, and reinforced caste
systems. Indians were condemned by colonialists; to servitude; violence; and
death, based on their dark complexion. As a practitioner of Kali-kula (family of
Kali) Tantra, I find it appropriate to use Tantra as a way of perceiving,
becoming aware of, and letting go of the impact of colonialism which enforced
‘stains’ of racism, ignorance, and white supremacy.