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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People need to ceesaire more, and Cesaire really nailed some good points in this. And the font was so tiny I would need a magnifying glass, especially at that time because my glasses were way past my prescription, when I got my new glasses finally, the world was so clear and sparkly. I know colonialism affects me in my life too, maybe not in a very obvious way, but more in my self-hatred as a kid that still continues on even now.
Discourse on Colonialism
Cesaire writes all these in a passionate way and one cannot but be moved. And for me, a person from a colonized country the impact was powerful.
Of course, there remain a few small facts that resist this doctrine. Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: By no stretch of the imagination is colonialism out to do any good. Feb 27, Malik Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: The power of the colonized peoples in the face of colonial oppression and repression in the colonies, Cesaire suggests, lies in the fact that they know that Europe is lying and therefore weak.
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Cesaire makes the bold statement that Nazism is so infamous in Europe because it committed the same atrocities that the Europeans did to other, non-white nations. Aug 03, Dusty rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s something you can briefly Google, but Google shouldn’t be your main historical source. Dec 30, mis fit rated it really liked csaire Shelves: To wit, the birth of chemistry among the Arabs.
He rejects Europe’s a posteriori claim that it brought material progress and Europeanization to Africa. For my part, I make a systematic defense of the non-European civilizations. Quotes from Discourse on Colo But, as history has shown, the Soviet model, for whatever reasons, was doomed to failure and has since been relegated to the dustbin of history. Colonialism – French colonialism in particular – Cesaire argues, could only contemplate the idea of other cultures being integrated into the French family.
The humanism of the “respectable bourgeois”, of the white man’s burden still plague us alme.
But you as an individual have to learn, take it all down or deconstruct it, in order to overcome it, and it’s a lifetime’s amount of work. Because Hitler applied colonialism to white people—not to brown people—and this was an unforgivable mistake. Jun 21, Magally Miranda Cesaite rated it it was amazing.
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The bourgeoisie, as a class, “is condemned to take responsibility for all the barbarism of history, the tortures of the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, war-mongering and the appeal to the raison d’Etat, racism and slavery, in short, everything against which it protested in unforgettable terms at a time when, as the attacking class, it discohrse the incarnation of human progress” p.
Mostly I think this is axe-to-grind anti-union murmurings, piling on the already harried and underpaid teachers.
All who supported the plundering activities of colonialism deserved condemnation as “inventors of subterfuges. Oct 13, Stan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The parallels today are clearly visible, with Holocaust memorial day approaching there are lessons to be learnt from. He writes that when millions of blacks were tortured in Africa, coolies were killed in India, people were tortured in Madagascar the people in Europe never raised an objection.
He proves it citing many examples from the historical, religious, philosophical and literary records. Colonizers treat others like they are less human and needs to be tamed while colonized starts suffering from inferiority complex and gets alienated with his own identity.
It is to Cesaire’s credit that he understood that it was much easier to formally dismantle colonialism, than to get rid of the colonial state itself. The idea of a barbaric Negro is a European invention” p.
For Cesaire, colonialism is a totally destructive enterprise. He writes in poetic coolonialism as, “a method of achieving clairvoyance, of obtaining the knowledge we need to move forward”. 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.