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Unformatted text preview: hite Masks. Symbolic Decolonization
Decolonization creates humanity
George Ciccariello-Maher, Jan, 2010, is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory at the University of California, Berkeley, Jumpstarting the Decolonial Engine:
The similarity to the ontological self-assertion of Fanon's earlier work is apparent from the outset of his discussion of violence in Wretched, since as he puts it,
"decolonization is the veritable creation of new men… the 'thing' which has been colonized becomes a
man during the same process by which it frees itself."32 The violence of the colonizer—the "lines of force," the "rifle butts and
napalm" which constitute the Manichean division of the colonial world—is "claimed and taken over by the native at the moment when, deciding to embody history in
his own person, he surges into the forbidden quarters."33 But we should be clear here: what is crucial is the decision, and this is where the importance of symbolic
violence becomes apparent. Elsewhere, Fanon puts it as follows: "it is precisely at the moment he realized his humanity that he
begins to sharpen the weapons with which...
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