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Week 9 Response - In his work Frantz Fanon continues to...

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Week Nine Reading Response In The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon characterizes decolonialism as inherently and always evil. He describes the act of colonization as one group of humans subjugating another to violence, and the stripping of their human rights. Furthermore, Fanon argues that those who participate in a decolonization movement must be prepared to get the upper hand, or risk violent repercussions themselves. I disagree with Fanon in the sense that I don’t believe that decolonialism is always evil. There are many movements in history that could argue against Fanon’s point. In particular, The Indian Independence movement was largely a peaceful decolonization movement. In this case, Gandhi led numerous peaceful protests that resulted in the withdrawal of British colonial authority in South Asia.
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Unformatted text preview: In his work, Frantz Fanon continues to argue that violence, itself, is a force that functions to strip those involved of their human rights. This characterization of violence can easily be applied to revolutions. Philosophers such as Hamilton would argue that it is the responsibility of the people to overthrow a government that does not protect their rights. Hamilton contends that this right to rebel encompasses a necessary and justified application of violence. Fanon would say that this violence strips certain groups of people from their civil rights, but that this is essential to the movement. Fanon’s sense of the function of violence can be applied to other context, such as revolutions....
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