“The Wretched of the Earth” – Frantz Fanon

“In Frantz Fanon’s book, Wretched of the Earth, he talks about identity, justice, and power in the context of several ideologies. These categories can be better understood in the context of two groups, the colonists and the natives. Each one has its own identity, justice and power.

The identity of these two groups can be clearly seen in Fanon’s representation of the struggle. These two groups struggled with each other because the colonists are on one side, and the natives on the other. The natives see the colonists as “the others”. They are seen this way because they came over from Europe and took over the native’s land and then made them slaves in their own society. These peoples’ individual rights were taken away, and they were forced to live a life of oppression. The colonists took over the upper class, and pushed everyone else down because they felt that their way was better. Therefore, the upper class wrote the history of the oppressed nation, but of mother country exploiting the colonies. The only way to get the oppressed nation into history was if the individual rises up and decides to write what he has seen and heard. These natives then lie in wait to take over their rights and freedoms from which they have been stolen.” []

Frantz Fanon – The Wretched of the Earth (english)
Frantz Fanon – Les damnés de la terre (français original)

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