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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.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”
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“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos -- and the white man, however intelligent he may be, is incapable of understanding Louis Armstrong or songs from the Congo. I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.”
Frantz Fanon
“O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.”
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“...There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“The basic confrontation which seemed to be colonialism versus anti-colonialism, indeed capitalism versus socialism, is already losing its importance. What matters today, the issue which blocks the horizon, is the need for a redistribution of wealth. Humanity will have to address this question, no matter how devastating the consequences may be.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“Today I believe in the possibility of love; that is why I endeavor to trace its imperfections, its perversions.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”
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“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.

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“And it is clear that in the colonial countries the peasants alone are revolutionary, for they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The starving peasant, outside the class system is the first among the exploited to discover that only violence pays. For him there is no compromise, no possible coming to terms; colonization and decolonization is simply a question of relative strength.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“Violence is man re-creating himself. ”
Frantz Fanon
“Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions”
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“Mastery of language affords remarkable power.”
Frantz Fanon
“The claim to a national culture in the past does not only rehabilitate that nation and serve as a justification for the hope of a future national culture. In the sphere of psycho-affective equilibrium it is responsible for an important change in the native. Perhaps we haven't sufficiently demonstrated that colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native's brain of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the oppressed people, and distorts, disfigures, and destroys it. This work of devaluing pre-colonial history takes on a dialectical significance today.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“The unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“The Negro enslaved by his inferiority, the white man enslaved by his superiority alike behave in accordance with a neurotic orientation.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“When people like me, they like me "in spite of my color." When they dislike me; they point out that it isn't because of my color. Either way, I am locked in to the infernal circle.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe”
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“Negrophobes exist. It is not hatred of the Negro, however, that motivates them; they lack the courage for that, or they have lost it. Hate is not inborn; it has to be constantly cultivated, to be brought into being, in conflict with more or less recognized guilt complexes. Hate demands existence and he who hates has to show his hate in appropriate actions and behavior; in a sense, he has to become hate. That is why Americans have substituted discrimination for lynching. Each to his own side of the street.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“I, the man of color, want only this: That the tool never possess the man. That the enslavement of man by man cease forever. That is, of one by another. That it be possible for me to discover and to love man, wherever he may be.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“Zombies, believe me, are more terrifying than colonists.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“When a bachelor of philosophy from the Antilles refuses to apply for certification as a teacher on the grounds of his color I say that philosophy has never saved anyone. When someone else strives and strains to prove to me that black men are as intelligent as white men I say that intelligence has never saved anyone: and that is true, for, if philosophy and intelligence are invoked to proclaim the equality of men, they have also been employed to justify the extermination of men.”
Frantz Fanon
“A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

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