[Debate] CLR JAMES, FRANTZ FANON AND THE MEANING OF LIBERATION
peterwaterman1936 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 09:25:51 BST 2012
Interesting thought, Riaz!
On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Riaz K Tayob <riaz.tayob at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for this... I like the issues below, although Bhabha gives some
> other Fanonian insights...
> On 2012/04/17 05:49 PM, grinker at mweb.co.za wrote:
> And yet, for all his seeming disdain for European culture, for his all
> insistence that European ideas have helped enslave the non-European world,
> Fanon also accepted that, ‘All the elements of a solution to the great
> problems of humanity have, at different times, existed in European
> thought’. The problem was that ‘Europeans have not carried out in practice
> the mission which fell to them.’ The Third World will have to ‘start a new
> history of Man’, a new history that, while not forgetting ‘Europe’s
> crimes’, will nevertheless ‘have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses
> which Europe has put forward’.
> In one sense, then, Fanon aligns himself with L’Ouverture and James.
> European thought contained within it ‘all the elements of a solution to the
> great problems of humanity’ but Europeans could not, or would not, combine
> those in thought and transform them into concrete reality. In another
> sense, though, he strides down a different course. Fanon is not simply
> ambiguous about European thought, but sees it as positively destructive of
> black culture and psychology.
> Throughout his life, Fanon juggled with these two elements of his
> worldview. After his death, separatist groups, third world movements,
> students of post-colonial studies – all turned Fanon into an intellectual
> icon*. But they did so largely by deprecating the universalist aspect of
> his thought* in favour of the claim that the culture of the colonizer
> alienates the colonized from his own national culture.
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