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We could have a Negro Frenchman, but never a White Negro. Ultimately, what these statements prove is that colonization dehumanizes the colonizer. He defines the relationship as one limited to ” forced laborintimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, contempt, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses”.

For some examples showing that this is possible, we can look to the Soviet Union “. The space I need for my rage was taken from me long ago. Even more absurd, Cesaire argues, are claims by M. Two years ago, I was doing research in Martinique. Until that time, Cesaire suggests, the peoples of Western Europe were accomplices to horrendous crimes comparable to the crimes of the German Nazis and Italian Fascists.

Discourse on Colonialism

Even if it did bring civilizations into contact, Cesaire argues, it certainly was not the best form of contact. Retrieved from ” https: Further Reading Politics Jan Robin Kelly notes in his introduction to the edition of Discourse, however, that for Cesaire, the colonial struggle was not a fight between capitalism and socialism in the orthodox Marxist sense, but a struggle for the total overthrow of a racist colonialist system which would open the way to a bright new world of freedom and equality.


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Discourse on colonialism

One day after work I wandered north from the university and made my way through the upscale Fann quartier. His only consolation, he writes, “is that periods of colonization pass, that nations sleep oj for a time, and that peoples remain” p.

It is “a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its Hitler. The bourgeoisie, as coloniallsm class, “is condemned to take responsibility for all the barbarism of history, the tortures of the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, war-mongering and the appeal to the raison d’Etat, racism and slavery, in short, cplonialism against which it protested in unforgettable terms at a time when, as the attacking class, it was the incarnation of human progress” p.

Retrieved 23 September Europe is only concerned with the rights of man in relation to the White man, not Coolies and Niggers. Each student had to present on one of the assigned books, and I chose Discourse on Colonialism because it was the shortest.

History and culture and ethnography, contrary to the claims of colonial apologists like Callois, belong to a universal cosmology.

The country of foreign races must become once again a country of serfs, of agricultural laborers, or industrial workers. Skip to main content.


And here, Cesaire sends a plaintiff cry to heaven: Before leaving the island, I read my Carrefour copy of the Discours. Callois, Cesaire indicates, are significant not only because they reflect the mind of the Western petty bourgeoisie, but also because while it touted the virtues of humanism, Europe was at that material colonialksm in time the furthest in reality from practicing the humanity it so loudly mouthed.

For Cesaire, colonialism is a totally destructive enterprise. While the term became one of the most incriminatory labels of the 20th century, the reassertion of far-right ideologies and previously fringe political groups across ….

When Nazi Germany unleashed its war machine on the Jews and other nations of Europe, the colonial powers reacted with horror and indignation. He only examines it. Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism. Colonization, Cesaire posits, equals “thingification”. As an example that such a marriage between past and present was possible, Cesaire, suggests, “we can look to the Soviet Union” p. In reality, colonization had actually distorted material progress and slowed the process of Europeanization, because Europe was denying to the colonized peoples the roads, schools, ports and other discours that it had provided and continued to provide in the home countries.