The Wretched of the Earth

In “The Wretched of the Earth”, Fanon focused his ideas about colonialism. He explains that the world is divided into two. It is a struggle between the colonists and the natives. To Fanon, the natives have no individual rights, they are subjected to policing and oprression from the ruling class. Fanon argues that a new world should come about. A restoration of national culture. A “national liberation” of the freedom of native intellect. Decolonization as he explains it will be successful by any means including violence. For Fanon, decolonization is only possivle through absolute violence. Thinking about the ideas Fanon talks about which reflect the time period of colonialism makes me wonder if these same arguments still continue today. Today many will agree with Fanon in that there continues to be a need for national reform.   


4 responses to “The Wretched of the Earth

  1. Whenever I read about colonial and post-colonial critiques, I cannot help but think of Rudyard Kipling’s The White Man’s Burden. It’s an excellent satire and observation on the concept of imperialism and colonialism.

  2. I do agree that there needs to be a reform. Change must happen in order to benefit society.

  3. I agree that there needs to be a reform in our government system but it won’t be through colonialism. It will be through the the citizens of the country standing up for their deserved rights, and throwing the corrupt in our government out.

  4. The world is still divided in 2, the working poor (no rights) and the elite (the ruling class). Not much has really changed. I don’t believe violence is ever the answer but I do get the point Fanon was making considering whats happening today on wall street and we all know its slowly getting more and more violent. Maybe the government is waiting for things to get really bad before they choose to reform? who knows

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