“In the urrent state of things, not allowing them to leave the country–or even teach them to read–would actually do them a favor…”

The young blond man at the dinner party wrote this in a book he is writing (Colonial Studies. This comes from the last paragraph of Chp.3, which starts with a bit of humor, probably as a way to soften the serious dialogue but also reaffirms the notion that foreigners in a position of power view the “indio” as second class citizens. Here’s the paragraph:

That night, among the things the young blond man would write was the next chaper in his Colonial Studies: “How a neck and wing in a friar’s plate of tinola can spoil the happiness of a celebration.” Among his observations were the following “In the Philippines the person of least use is the one who gives the dinner or party. The host could be tossed out into the street and everything would still proceed swimmingly.” “In the current state of things, not allowing them to leave the country–or even teaching them to read–would actually be doing them a favor…”

p.23, Chp.3

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