This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: am, intolerance, and
the elimination of heterogeneity—is the necessary stepping-stone toward the creation of national identity, just as the black identity of which he was similarly critical
represented a necessary stepping-stone to self-respect and mutual recognition in Black Skin, White Masks.40 What the "great organism of violence" first accomplishes
is its very existence as an organism: the war of liberation creates the collective basis for national identity; it creates a
national past and dreams of a national future. And this collective task has a parallel effect on the
individual, for whom "violence is a cleansing force. It frees the native from his inferiority complex and
from his despair and inaction; it makes him fearless and restores his self respect." Crucially, this effect is present "even
if the armed struggle has been symbolic and the nation is demobilized through a rapid movement of decolonization."41 It is only on the basis of this
View Full Document
This document was uploaded on 03/26/2014.
- Spring '14