Discourse on Colonialism is an essay by Aimé Césaire, a poet and politician from Martinique who helped found the négritude movement in Francophone. Half a century later Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism has lost nothing of its dynamism and incantory power. Robin Kelley’s introduction is a valuable tool. Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism By Baba G. Jallow Cesaire begins his Discourse on Colonialism with a severe indictment of Western civilization.
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One of the most essential books for anyone committed to freedom. We are roughly introduced to the concept of negritudewhich for the author means recovering the shared African past for all the world’s black people in order not to feel apologetic about working toward a shared black future, and the philosophical seeds that would sprout in Fanon’s Black Skins, White Masks and Glisant’s essays are apparent.
As a member of colojialism Martinican Communist Party, he does have some illusions yet in Stalinism, which he later broke with; as the introductory essay by Robin Aimf. What is the place of publication? In inflicting horrors on the colonized peoples, Europe was engaged in a process of self-destruction. Yet another colonialist, Saint-Arnaud, gallantly declares: The scandal, he writes, is that Hitler would have the audacity to sime white people to the same brutality.
Cesaire said it first and said it pointedly. The colonized are not human beings worthy of coolnialism rights or human respect, but things merely to be used, driven around, beaten and, when the need arises, killed in the name of a law and order rooted in injustice and barbarism.
Kelly which is titled as “A Poetics of Anticolonialism. Aug 03, Dusty rated it really liked it Shelves: A searing, clear-sighted denunciation in shining prose of European, particularly French, colonial hypocrisy that has lost none of its relevance as apologists of empire and crypto-racists still are plentiful throughout the Western world. How is it that it hasn’t been pressed into my hands by dozens of friends?
Apr 19, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: More importantly that ideology should help in numbing the conscience of the colonizer. Colonialism is founded on a venomous ideology – an ideology of racial and cultural hierarchy. Car on vous jugera du jugement dont vous jugez, et l’on vous mesurera avec la mesure dont vous mesurez. I honestly wasn’t sure what that meant at first and it’s something that I quite commonly see for books about topics that pertain to society.
It is evident, Cesaire argues, that all such pronouncements are the marks of little and chauvinistic minds that are unable to appreciate the universal reality that all men are endowed with reason. Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: Want to Read saving….
When Nazi Germany unleashed its war machine on the Jews and other nations of Europe, the colonial powers reacted with horror and indignation. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization. Hitler is not unique. They are relations in which “there is room only for forced labor, intimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses.
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This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Views Read Edit View history. He practically quotes Marx, but not Lenin, while throwing around “comrade” and “proletariat” and “revolution. In the process, any kind of violence is silently approved by the white people of Europe. Dec 19, Victoria rated it it was amazing.
Discourse on Colonialism
Especially when he brings in other writer’s works and critiques them and calls out their racism, he is a powerful writer.
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. Refresh and try again. But that does not mean it is purely fictional. Mostly I think this is axe-to-grind anti-union murmurings, piling on the already harried and underpaid teachers. Skip to main content.
Raise any objection to colonialism, Cesaire says, and M.