Wretched of the Earth

Wretched of the Earth - MWF 8:00-8:50 October 24, 2008...

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MWF 8:00-8:50 October 24, 2008 Wretched of the Earth Wretched of the Earth written by Frantz Fanon believes that the means to which the European colonists conquered others were too violent and to some extent, unnecessary. Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history. When writing this book, Fanon plays the role of a psychiatrist, who is attempting to relieve the black Algerians who were deeply affected by French colonialism. "The Western bourgeoisie, though fundamentally racist, most often manages to mask this racism by a multiplicity of nuances which allow it to preserve intact its proclamation of mankind's outstanding dignity. The Western bourgeoisie has prepared enough fences and railings to have no real fear of the competition of those whom its exploits and holds in contempt" (163) Throughout the book, one can sense anger and resentment in the style of Fanon’s writing. Fanon does not try to hide his anger and resentment, but as I was reading, I felt that his feelings were understandable and completely justified. Fanon writes that Europeans believed that this would be the most useful and effective way of getting the land that they ultimately wanted. He argues in his book that these practices among the Europeans and the mistreatment of the Native Americans lead to oppression and also inevitably lead to the violence by the Native Americans to regain their territory and independence back. Thus he came to the conclusion that violence towards another, can only lead to violence back, retaliation. I do believe that the Europeans used unnecessary force to gain the territory that they wanted and also that they felt that they had rights to the land because they felt superior to the Natives as well as the Africans. The Europeans felt that they had rights to the land because they felt that it was God’s plan and they had to carry out the plan of
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God. Fanon wrote this book regarding the Algerian struggle for independence from colonial rule. He expresses his view on colonialism, white colonialism that took place all over the world but more specifically, Africa. "As for we who have decided to break the back of colonialism, our historic mission is to sanction all revolts, all desperate actions, all those abortive attempts drowned in rivers of blood" (207). This quote sums up the view of Fanon because he felt that it was truly necessary to stop the violence and he wanted to stop the negativity of all the things that came along with colonialism. Fanon’s view of colonialism entailed that, “they are not merely primitive, not simply unable to adapt to the colonialist system of values and beliefs, but beasts, animals, incapable of ethics or the more civilized modes of behavior, according to the settler's view. If natives are primal beasts, evil in their very nature, then violence and brutality are not only appropriate but also necessary, in the mindset of the settlers. During the period of
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