Black Discourse On Colonialism

The likes of Frantz Fanon and Malcolm X unashamedly rejected all forms of imperialism/colonialism and thereby supported unified black identity. Fanon’s ‘Black Skin, White Masks’ is a must read re: African diaspora, subjugation of colonized, struggle for self-determination. Aimé Césaire’s ‘Discourse on Colonialism’ is another imperative response to hegemony and occupation, authored by a black leftist – it is an open ‘declaration of war’ on colonialism.

“A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization.

A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization.

A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization.

The fact is that the so-called European civilization – “Western” civilization – as it hasbeen shaped by two centuries of bourgeois rule, is incapable of solving the two majorproblems to which its existence has given rise: the problem of the proletariat and thecolonial problem; that Europe is unable to justify itself either before the bar of “reason” orbefore the bar of “conscience”; and that, increasingly, it takes refuge in a hypocrisy whichis all the more odious because it is less and less likely to deceive.

Europe is indefensible.

Apparently that is what the American strategists are whispering to each other.That in itself is not serious.What is serious is that “Europe” is morally, spiritually indefensible. And today the indictment is brought against it not by the European masses alone,but on a world scale, by tens and tens of millions of men who, from the depths of slavery,set themselves up as judges.The colonialists may kill in Indochina, torture in Madagascar, imprison in Black Africa, crackdown in the West Indies. Henceforth, the colonized know that they have an advantage over them. They know that their temporary, “masters” are lying.Therefore, that their masters are weak.


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