Friday, 24 April 2015

FRANTZ FANON ON WHAT IS COLONIALISM?


Frantz Fanon on what ‪colonialism‬ is: "Colonialism is not a type of individual relation but a conquest of a national territory and the oppression of a people: that is all." (the eurocentric neo-colonial identity politics obsessors shifting about in their seats, sounds like Fanon is correcting them here!). - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

"French democrats, in deciding to give the name 'colonialism' to what has never ceased to be military conquest and occupation, have deliberately simplified facts. The term of colonialism created by the oppressor is too affective, too emotional. It is placing a national problem on the psychological level. This is why, as conceived by these democrats, the contrary of colonialism is not the recognition of the right of peoples to self determination, but the necessity, on an individual level, for less racist, more open, more liberal types of behaviour.

Colonialism is not a type of individual relation but a conquest of a national territory and the oppression of a people: that is all. It is not a certain type of human behaviour or a pattern of relations between individuals."

- Frantz Fanon in Towards the African Revolution, 1970, p91.

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