The Uprising (Videos)


The Uprising (Videos)


1 hr 33 min 44 sec. documentary. This is an excellent video that explains racism in its original meaning of bias and prejudice against 'differences" and very strong preference for homogeneity, assimilation, uniformity and conformity to one "culture."

Abstract from YouTube:
Musician and activist Pravini Baboeram presents “The Uprising”, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe. With commentary and experiences from academics and activists, the Dutch-Indian singer/songwriter offers a decolonial perspective on the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands, UK and France. She not only provides an analysis of the history and legacy of colonialism, but also a vision on strategy for the future of the movement.

This documentary zooms in on collective challenges of communities of color. In 9 self-written songs Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes that the Netherlands has committed in Indonesia, the fight for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. “The Uprising” offers a unique view of the resistance against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color.

Below are my notes that explain (#1) and correct (#8)
  1. Blacks in England included Indians and Irish.
  2. Cuatehemoc’s speech - teach it your children - values of family and community values Western individualism
  3. Racism includes Roma, Asian, all who are oppressed.
  4. European enlightenment destroys other civilizations to impose its own - Christian theology - began in Granada Jan 11, 1492.
  5. Pretension of one identity which later led to nation states.
  6. Theological arguments at Valladolid
  7. 5 dimensions of colonialism: economic, political, social, cultural, geographic (enslavement of the mind)
  8. Fallacy - colonization of India begins in 1600s! Not 19th century!!!!
  9. Criteria to make
  10. 1490 to 1650 was theological racism
  11. 1650-1850 was (Enlightenment) biological racism
  12. Lies of Colonialism was excellent
  13. Mental slavery is about accepting the lies. Decolonizing the mind is key, about questioning the lies.
  14. We are here because you were there.
  15. What does democracy look like for poc in this country?
  16. In social struggle there is not one single tactic or one single strategy for success.
  17. You have to open the door to what is winnable.
  18. The most effective way to suppress a struggle is to divide and rule. This is how colonialism and the white power structure has worked to impose its will.
  19. This is how oppressors work - create so much pressure that we, the oppressed begin to question resistance. But we must resist. Resistance is not futile. (My note: Resistance, every little act to resist, builds resilience)
  20. If we have the spiritual fortitude there’s no way we will be defeated.
  21. First step: Revolutionary love is love of ourselves. To believe in ourselves and have confidence in ourselves. Second step: not to hate but to love our enemies.
  22. We fight against racism but we don’t see white people as someone to hate.
  23. We resist the civilization of death
  24. Don’t self censor because that achieves what the oppressor wants.
  25. Plurinational states; diversity, many states within one state
Credits: I am indebted to Ozy Aloziem who included this resources in an infoPeople course, AdvancingEquity, Diversity, Inclusion in Public Libraries



“The Uprising (Videos),” Antiracism Digital Library, accessed February 27, 2024,