May 13, 08
your favourite revolutionary-in-training; disaffected ethnic-studies liberals
Read in May, 2007
I think the world is better for the fact that I did not read this book until I was twenty-three. Were I seventeen...Oh boy.
My transition towards are more progressive and intensive understanding of my ethnic identity was already underway before I read Fanon, but I can only imagine what could've been if he'd been my first exposure.
Needless to say, this book is fiery, angry, powerful, engaging, and challenging. It made me wanted to read more Fanon, and cemented in my mind that my colonial studies were absolutely NECESSARY (as were those caps).
Fanon breaks down cultural conditioning in colonialism and attempts to directly create the identity politics in the French colonial system. Although the text doesn't age well in some places, showing its pan-Africanist and Marxist roots, the text is a must read for all you lil' revolutionaries out there.