TOK Journal #6

RadioLab: “Mau Mau”

We listened to a podcast by RadioLab about the Mau Mau association. During the imperialist era, the British public was obsessed with Kenya. This new life came at the expense for the Kenyans already living there. The Kikiyu began rebelling against the loyalists, becomes synonymous with evil after The murder of the Ruck familyNo information about Kenya in relation to British detention campsBritain had purges in various countries, discarding various chunks of information. Researchers found pages all about the typically limited information on the Kamiti detention camps. Despite what researchers had believed, many women were involved in the Mau Mau, the women were shocked that they were asking because almost everyone was involved in the Mau Mau. Imperialists said that the people apart of the Mau Mau who were imprisoned were mentally ill due to taking the Mau Mau oath. The only way they could be saved is if they confessed. People used children within the Mau Mau camps to give messages to the Mau Mau pledgers who were not captured. Nearly the entire Kikuyu population was detained and murdered. Only 32 British people were killed. President Kinyada denounces his former group (Mau Mau) as soon as he rises to power because he was afraid they would defeat him. Despite the authors attempt to reveal the truth, they said that she was lying because it was only oral evidence which was unusable. Mau Mau sought legal action against Britain, but t1here were no documents, only stories

To what extent is history created/destroyed

Though we often perceive History as a solid and undeniable truth, every portion of History that we have learned has been created and destroyed. Whether it is intentional or not, it is deconstructed by the individual who is translating the history and then reconstructed with their own personal view.

Are oral histories more or less reliable than written histories? Why?

Oral histories are often perceived as less reliable than written histories. The idea that people can lie and deceive leads many people to this conclusion. Just because it is able to be falsified, does not ensure that it will be. It is important to remember that any piece of recorded history is recorded by man, and therefore has the same potential of lies and falsification that oral histories have. In addition, like the situation in the Mau Mau clan, if oral histories are disregarded as unreliable we loose a large portion of valuable history.

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