Frantz Fanon:Building a national cosciousness that doesn’t mimic European ways.


‘The new day which is already at hand must find us firm,prudent,and resolute.We must leave our dreams and abandon our old beliefs and friendships from the time before life began.Let us  waste no time in sterile litanies and nauseating mimicry.Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man,yet murder men everywhere they find them,at the corner of every one of their own streets,in all the corners of the globe.For centuries they have stifled almost the whole of humanity in the name of a so-called spiritual experience.Look at them today swaying between atomic and spiritual disintegration.And yet it may be said that Europe has been successful in as much as everything that she has attempted has succeeded.Europe undertook the leadership of the world with ardor,cynicism,and violence.Look at how the shadow of her palaces stretches out ever further! Every one of her movements has burst the bounds of space and thought.Europe has declined all humility and all modesty; but she has also set her face against all solicitude and all tenderness.She has only shown herself parsimonious and niggardly where men are concerned; it is only men that she has killed and devoured.So,my brothers,how is it that we do not understand that we have better things to do than to follow that same Europe? That same Europe where they were never done talking of Man,and where they never stopped proclaiming that they were only anxious for the welfare of Man: today we know with what sufferings humanity has paid for every one of their triumphs of the mind.Come,then,comrades,the European game has finally ended; we must find something different.We today can do everything,so long as we do not imitate Europe,so long as we are not obsessed by the desire to catch up with Europe.’

( The Wretched of the Earth;Fanon 1963:311-12)


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