Unite the plantations

The colonial project has been very effective in shifting the focus of colonized communities from fighting the colonizer to fighting each other. Playing up differences deemed irreconcilable rather than celebrating diversity has been an important tool to divide colonized communities. The challenge here lies in achieving unity based on the common struggle while respecting differences based on specific identities. It doesn’t have to be one or the other – diversity and unity can exist simultaneously. This activity encourages you to reflect on how colonized communities have been divided and explore how they can be united in the struggle against injustice.

Watch the following segment from The Uprising

Learning objective

You’re able to recognize and overcome tactics of divide and rule.


Discuss in a post an example of divide and rule dynamics and offer at least one recommendation to overcome the divide and rule effect. Share your reflections based on the following questions:

  • Who is considered the enemy and who are considered allies?
  • Which elements of difference were used to divide the communities?
  • What do these communities have in common?