Based on the studies of Franz Fanon, colonialism is “the establishment, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory.” In the world today, there are many examples of colonialism. One example is gangs. All over the news you hear about turf wars and territorial violence. A turf war is a struggle for territory, power, control, or rights to a specific area. One gang will fight other gangs to expand their colony. They want to be the superior gang and control all of the land that they believe is theirs.
This example goes with Franz Fanon’s study on concerning violence. He describes colonialism as a source of violence rather than reacting violently against resistors. A gang will do anything to prove that they are the “top dog.” They want to prove to every other gang that they are the best and can never be stopped. As Fanon states, “colonialism is built on force,” and this force helps a colony establish and expand it’s territory.