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Blog Post #5: Malcolm X, Fanon, & Colonialism

Malcolm X, inarguably one of the most provocative Civil Rights leaders, was known for his radical views and blunt approach. Malcolm X dedicated the later portion of his life to what he would consider “emancipating blacks from mental slavery” and mobilizing them to (literally) combat racism and prejudice. He saw white Americans as the biggest threat to overall African American progress. Mr. X, however, did not believe blacks were honestly American. After listening to several of his speeches, I identified the source of these sentiments. He expressed many elements of colonialism and oppression (from white Americans) in his rhetoric. This automatically reminded me of Frantz Fanon and his literature. Fanon describes that within a colonial system, there exists two conflicting societies: the colonizers and the colonized. The colonizer oppresses and barbarizes the colonized, allowing himself/herself to take full control. In this particular case, Malcolm X would consider whites as the colonizers and blacks as the colonized. Throughout history, blacks were portrayed as less intelligent and incapable of functioning effectively in society. This is partially why systems such as Jim Crow were instituted. In the video above, Malcolm X particularly speaks on decolonization and the growth of a revolution. He discusses the difference between a black revolution and a negro revolution. The latter, he argues remains stuck in colonialism. Just as Fanon writes that liberation for the colonized is only possible through revolutionary violence,  Mr. X conveys this very same idea. He makes it a point to remind the crowd that every revolution in history, up to that particular point, had resulted in bloodshed. It seems that Mr. X could have been an unofficial student of Fanon.

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One response to “Blog Post #5: Malcolm X, Fanon, & Colonialism

  1. Response to Malcolm X Fannon and Colonialism
    I believe Malcolm X was right in saying that colonialism comes with the oppression of people and it really doesn’t matter what race. There is two conflicting societies which also Simmel talks about in the duality of life also. Also the result of revolution doesn’t have to be violence but it ultimately does make it into violence and bloodshed. Its so sad how blacks are portrayed as less intelligent even to their own race I just spoke with another black individual who just put down his own race by acknowledging jews as being the dominant race in smartness he may have done this unconsciously but however he said it.

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