Ahmer Rahman may elicit laughs, but he also conveys powerful ideas about how power moves across the globe. In this comedy sketch, Ahmer flips the notion of reverse racism on its head by suggesting that the global is inextricably related to individual events and interactions. He asks the audience to imagine a world where Europe was colonized, suffering as the victim of generations-long exploitative behavior at the hands of Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
For him, individual actions are meaningless unless considered in the context of global processes that perpetuate inequalities along national and ethnic lines. The forcible movement and exterminations of peoples are important events with long-lasting and far reaching consequences.
Though comedy, Ahmer defines racism in a manner that encompasses imperialism, slavery, ideological subjugation, and other transnational processes.