The construction of geo-political inequalities between the nations of the North and those of the Global South are inherently racist. The relationship has been forged by the historical problematics of colonisation – the ongoing pillage of economic, cultural and social resources by countries of the South by the North.
Colonisation was not only enabled by the North’s military expertise in conjunction with unfettered greed, but also because of its illusions of cultural, racial and religious supremacy. Indeed, the trafficking of Africans to the colonies of Europe- where they were barbarically traded as slaves – was founded on the same racist philosophy. This geopolitical experience is reflected by international treaty bodies, global trade and economic relations, which emphasise the hierarchies between colonisers and colonised countries.