Blog # 5 – Fanon “colonization”

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I completely agree with the psychiatrist Frantz Fanon on colonization. All the years of schooling and recieving an education in the United States all our history books have told us that Christopher Columbus came and discovered the “America’s” in 1492 and we were all taught that England was our motherland and we were colonized by these Europeans countries, we also have learned about the Alantic slave trade, the slavery and segregation within our own nation and all the oppession that minorities have faced due to white supremacy throughout centuries. I am absolutely disgusted with what colonization has done to people psychologically, emotionally, and the double consciousness it has forced people to live with forever. Due to colonization which was basically European countries taking over others people’s land then either slaughtering them like was done with the Native Americans or just plainly taking them as slaves and dehumanizing them as was did with the African people have just degraded them as people. Unfortunately the effects of this is still seen today. We are currently in the year 2013 and I saw on the news that in Tennessee for the first time high school students were gonna have an integrated prom seriously this shocked me I couldn’t believe this was actually still napping and that people in this century could seriously be that ignorant and racist. These are the permanent scars and effects of colonialism.

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6 responses to “Blog # 5 – Fanon “colonization”

  1. Fannon and colonization yes it has left scars on the whole of America. There are still people that can’t get past slavery they are moving with the times but not really agreeing. You can go to Georgia and see how much racism is prevalent. when I was there for the election of Obama there was a lot of people down there that was voting for MCcain they was hoping Obama didn’t get in. We was looking at all the white people at this fair and they all had signs with MCcain’s picture this is today in the south. So I believe that the scars are still prevalent and yes it doesn’t surprise me about the integrated prom in Tennessee, see remember the south was still in slavery when the north had abolished it so, its abolished but but there are still people that are doing racist things like hanging nooses from doors at schools, put swastikas all over town yes it abolished but its still very much alive . And like Fannon said it has affected every generation in some way or another.

  2. Spirited, articulate post, which skillfully integrates several key concepts.

    And I’m thrilled that you tracked down that image with the summary of what’s probably the most popularized concept from Fanon, *cogntive dissonance*.

    Melanie, fascinating report of being in Georgia for the 2008 election. I think it’s fair to say that “race”/racism and the *color line* still manifests much differently in the American south vs. a place like NYC.

  3. Being from a different country, the topic of Columbus shocks me too because that’s something that I also was taught in school like a “big discovery”; but when you grow up and start asking yourself questions such as “Who discovered What?” it is when you start to understand that everything since the beginning of our history as human beings (not mentioning nations) has being manipulated by a few with power. I do not understand why in America (the continent) we (every country) celebrate Columbus day. What do we celebrate? the genocide of many aboriginal tribes?, the extermination of our roots? or the beginning of a new “white supremacy” that still oppresses us not matter where you came or come from.
    Not to mention that in many south american countries October 12th it is also called “El dia de la raza” “The Race’s Day”….really? I do not know if it is meant to be a day to be proud of our roots or a day to remember why we are mestizos….

  4. Racism is still very much alive. I heard about the high school in Tennessee, but I was not surprised. When I had traveled to the South, i had come to encounter the divisions between races in several states because of co-workers that have moved from there to New York. People continue to segregate themselves intentionally and believe to live that way is better. We had stopped at a Burger spot and the woman whom was black refused to take the order from my friend, who was white, and then proceeded to tell me how dare I come in with him as if it was a none rule by all. As we met his family, we conversed and they explained to us how it was still this way out there. Each ethnicity stays on their own turf.

  5. Racism and segregation isn’t just limited to the south. We see it (though less extreme) still in NYC. Different neighborhoods are known for their ethnic and socio-economic standing. More often assuming areas with higher minorities are lower income and have higher crime rates. And some areas are still not happy with mixing of races or religions. Isn’t that similar to staying on one’s own turf? This was quite evident to me reading the New York Times post hurricane Sandy. People from lower class neighborhoods did not want or like the people from higher class neighborhoods helping them with the recovery efforts. These racial and socio-economic divides still permeate throughout all parts of this country.

    The link to this article is:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/nyregion/after-hurricane-sandy-helping-hands-also-expose-a-new-york-divide.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  6. I totally agree that though we have come along way from the past from those of slavery it has definitely left scars. I do believe some people have not let go of the past and in many was i don’t blame them, especially depending on where they live. We live in a country in which your are supposed to be accepted for who you are, the land of the free i think not. I find a great irony in that, the land of the free but that had slaves. i do believe and think we live in country/ world that people still are racist. Though things may seem different and promising to change many different states i think still have not really changed, but many dont see that. So when will things really change?

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