Discourse on Colonialism [Aimé Césaire, Joan Pinkham] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Césaire’s essay stands as an important. Today as a new European universalism organizes itself, and U.S. led globalization experiments with manifest destiny. Aime Cesaire’s Discourse on Colonialism. 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.

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The very idea was an oxymoron. Colonialism – French colonialism in particular – Cesaire argues, could only contemplate the idea of other cultures being integrated into the Coonialism family.

Discourse on Colonialism French: Cet essai nous en apprends plus sur le regard qu’ont certains occidentaux sur le reste du monde. An Independent Socialist Magazine Dec 11, Donna-marie Cole-malott rated it it was amazing.

This happens to be one of my favorite books. He regularly quotes European views on colonialism only to subsequently debunk them thoroughly, although not with what would be referred to as scientific proof, as he clearly has no interest or need in doing that.

Discourse on colonialism

As I became exposed to social justice and began learning about racism in a way you coolnialism never learn in school, I notice even amongst family members and people I go to school with, even I have perpetuated it at some point, we all do, things desaire as Colorism, Anti-Blackness. Or those who try to convince me that killing languages, cultures, and countries in the name of common good -AKA the good of the white man- is justified.

Oct 13, Stan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique. Because Hitler applied colonialism to white people—not to brown people—and this was an unforgivable mistake. Dec 30, mis fit rated it o liked it Shelves: But discoourse 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. But before then, they did not call it Nazism or Fascism. I make a systematic defense of the societies destroyed by imperialism.


He bases his argument on the claim that, “no one colonizes innocently, that no one colonizes with impunity either; that a nation which colonizes, that a civilization which justifies colonization—and therefore force—is already a sick civilization, a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its HitlerI mean its punishment”.

How is it that it hasn’t been pressed into my hands coloialism dozens of friends?

Discourse on colonialism

I’m sure that some of the humor was lost in translation, but when I got to the part about colonialist Europe “chewing on Hitler’s vomit” Skip to main content. Free and French in the Caribbean: Cesaire combines poetry and history with a fierce and often humorous approach, the result is an almost mystical denunciation of colonialism.

Ultimately, what these statements prove is that discouree dehumanizes the colonizer. But that does not mean it is purely fictional. I thought this was brilliant. Cesaire claims that the racism of Europe does not bother him. View all 5 comments. This was originally published in French in — an earlier version in — right at the beginning of the anti-colonial movement which followed World War II. Hitler is not unique.

But why does Hitler get all the attention?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I haven’t heard of him til I found and bought this book. How is it that in a mere 78 pages, Cesaire can eviscerate discoursee toxic regimes of thought with such bracing sarcasm and withering humor?


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cesaier What I love most, is the power it gives me, as an Arab, to tell those who try to convince me of their racial superiority, or those who are acting on ceaaire sense of authority to go fuck themselves. Especially when he brings in other writer’s works and critiques them and calls out their racism, he is a powerful writer. 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.

Feb 27, Malik Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: In seeing and treating other people as animals, the colonizer transforms himself into an animal. It is humanism of white men. In order to justify their moral relativism, they depict other people as barbaric animals, but in the actions they take following this rhetorical maneuver, they transform themselves into animals.

He also does make a few wrong statements which modern anthropology has corrected, but he’d likely be fine with that. To wit, the appearance of rationalism in Islam at a time when Western thought had a furiously pre-logical cast to it.

In a series of very interesting quotations from “liberal” colonialists, he shows the identity of their colonial ideology with the Nazi ideology, and exposes the ideas that they used to justify colonialism and racism. Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this at some point, preferably it should be required in high school.

Kelly which is titled as “A Poetics of Anticolonialism.