Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN
Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN
Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN
Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN
Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN
Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN

Death by Assimilation: A Babar ENAMEL PIN

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  • 1.50" x 1.25"
    Hard Enamel
    Black Nickel Plating
    Double Posts/Black Rubber Clutch
  • Artist: @beyondthepale.co

TFW the Subtext is Text.

The font used in this pin is based on the cursive handwriting of the author and creator of Babar, Jean De Brunhoff.

It illustrates the idea that the subtext of the Babar stories was its actual text, and blatantly pro colonial rule through cultural assimilation.

Babar is the story of a young elephant whose mother is killed by a human hunter. In his grief he runs away from the jungle and ends up in a human city. There he is befriended by a wealthy old white woman who teaches him how to be "civilized" via various experiences such as learning how to drive a car and wearing spats and bow ties. He brings his newfound understanding of "civilization" back to the nation of elephants in the jungle and is made their king because of that knowledge, after the old king dies.

The story, whether intentional or not, mirrors the real world french campaign of conquest across Africa and North America as well as that of every historic and modern instance of an empirical power seeking to control and subjugate indigenous populations. Easier to control people by forcing them to forget who they are and reshaping them into what you want them to be. A bloodless genocide.

Assimilation is the weapon. Decolonize your minds, kids.

RESIST.