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Edward W. Said, Culture et impérialisme, 2000 (cité par Christiane Chaulet-Achour dans “Dans le sillage de Frantz Fanon”
Si j'ai tant cité Fanon, c'est parce qu'il exprime en termes plus tranchés et décisifs que tout autre un immense basculement culturel, du terrain de l'indépendance nationale au champ théorique de la libération. […] Fanon est inintelligible si l'on ne voit pas que son œuvre est une réaction à des constructions théoriques produites par la culture du capitalisme occidental tardif, reçue par l'intellectuel indigène du tiers monde comme une culture d'oppression et d'asservissement colonial.
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Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.
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Frantz Fanon, Algeria Unveiled
In the Arab society, the veil belongs to the clothing traditions of the Tunisian, Algerian, Moroccan, and Libyan national societies. For the tourist and the foreigner, the veil demarcates both Algerian society and its feminine components. In the case of the Algerian man, on the other hand, regional modifications can be noted: the fez in urban centers, turbans and djellabas in the countryside. The masculine garb allows  a certain margin of choice, a modicum of heterogeneity.
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Frantz Fanon, Wretched of The Earth
The church in the colonies is the white people’s Church, the foreigner’s Church. She does not call the native to God’s ways but to the ways of the white man, of the master, or the oppressor. And as you know, in this matter many are called but few chosen.
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The problem we shall tackle in this chapter is as follows: the more the black Antillean assimilates the French language, the whiter he gets—i.e., the closer he comes to becoming a true human being. We are fully aware that this is one of man’s attitudes faced with Being. A man who possesses a language possesses as an indirect consequence the world expressed and implied by this language. You can see what we are driving at: there is an extraordinary power in the possession of a language. Paul Val”ry knew this, and described language as “The god gone astray in the flesh.”

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Frantz Fanon
Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
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Frantz Fanon, “Richard Wright’s White Man, Listen!” from Alienation and Freedom, 637
If we can point to a sterile approach, then it is one that consists, for an oppressed person, in trying to speak to the ‘heat’ of his oppressors: history contains no example of a dominant power yielding to the tongue-lashings, however reasonable and moving, of those that it crushes; against material interests, sentiments and good sense are never heard.
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“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

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“The people come to understand that wealth is not the fruit of labor but the result of organized, protected robbery. Rich people are no longer respectable people; they are nothing more than flesh eating animals, jackals and vultures which wallow in the people’s blood.”

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“It is true that if care is taken to use only a language that it’s understood by graduates in law and economics, you can easily prove that the masses have to be managed from above.”
FRANTZ FANON, The Wretched of the Earth

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony took it into its head to catch up with Europe.

It has been so successful that the United States of America has become a monster where the flaws, sickness, and inhumanity of Europe have reached frightening proportions.

Frantz Fanon

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