A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon

By Frantz Fanon

An incisive and illuminating account of the way, throughout the Algerian Revolution, the folk of Algeria replaced centuries-old cultural styles and embraced sure historical cultural practices lengthy derided through their colonialist oppressors as primitive, on the way to spoil those self same oppressors. Fanon makes use of the 5th yr of the Algerian Revolution as some degree of departure for an explication of the inevitable dynamics of colonial oppression.

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All the generals-in-chie f of all the that repeat the same things, but how can they fail to u nderstand ingenuously invited them to do, that the Algerians will "go Colonialism shuts its eyes to the real facts of the problem. I t imagines that our power i s measured by the number of our heavy machine guns. -Union of Cameroon Populations. A party agita ting for in­ de endence. (Translator's note) F . L . -the National Liberation Front. (Translator's note) r A DYING COLON IALISM 32 PREFA CE It is no longer true today.

French colonialism must know these things. It can no longer hide from itself the fact that the Algerian government can mobilize any Algerian at any time. 5 Not even the deputies of the 1 3 th of May can long resist the new national authority. What then? An anny can at any time recon­ quer the ground lost, but how can the inferiority complex, the fear and the despair of the past be reimplanted in the conscious­ ness of the people? How can one imagine, as General de Gaulle nour­ And the wretchedness, the indign ity, kept alive and the most ished every morning-is this not a sufficie nt pretext for back to their homes"?

Schools for "young Moslem girls" are multiplying. At their pupils' approach to puberty, the teachers or the nuns exercise a truly exceptional activi ty. The mothers are first felt out, besieged, and given the mission of shaking up and convincing the father. Much is made of the young student's prodigious intelligence, her ma­ turity; a picture is pain ted of the brilliant future that awaits those eager young creatures, an d it is none too subtly hinted that it would be criminal if the child's schooling were in terrupted.

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