Alain Leroy, owner of EVE auction house in Paris, which recently sold 25 Hopi and Apache sacred objects against the objections of the Hopi and Apache Nations to which they rightfully belong, as well as petitions by Indigenous rights organizations and last-ditch efforts by the US embassy to halt the auction. The sales ended up fetching $1.3 million.
Take a moment to digest this incredibly aggressive statement of European and French colonialism by this racist prick. He explicitly believes that literally nothing is sacred and everything originating in the non-white world can simply be snatched up through force by white people if they feel like it. Sacred objects are reduced to “aesthetic shock” value for white enjoyment, while “anthropological issues”, i.e. non-white peoples and cultures, are “secondary”. They don’t even give a fuck if it’s Maori or Hopi or whatever colonized people, who cares, if they like it, they can take it.
There is much to be said for a worldview that demands the ownership of absolutely anything and everything the world offers, from its natural bounty to the people and cultures within it.
Casual justifications of cultural theft like this are evidence that these rational, enlightened “post colonial” white people still view indigenous cultures the same way they’ve always viewed everything under the imperialist gaze; as objects to be owned, dominated, and exploited.
#EUROPE AIN’T RACIST THO