Discourse on Colonialism is an essay by Aimé Césaire, a poet and politician from Martinique who helped found the négritude movement in Francophone. 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. Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism By Baba G. Jallow Cesaire begins his Discourse on Colonialism with a severe indictment of Western civilization.

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And for me, a person from a colonized country the impact was powerful. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75, copies to date. If someone is interested in decolonising her mind, this books is a must read.

He also served in France’s National Assembly from to and from to The country of foreign races must become once again a country of serfs, of agricultural laborers, or industrial workers.

Even more absurd, Cesaire argues, are claims by M. Also, it is not a mere illogical blabber. Mostly I think this is axe-to-grind anti-union murmurings, piling on the already harried and underpaid teachers. That aside, the moral clarity and righteous indignation on display here make it a timeless, worthwhile essay. In fact, Cesaire finds the origin of fascism in colonialism. For Cesaire, colonialism is a totally destructive enterprise.

Cesaire claims that the racism of Europe does not bother him. His interpretation flips the common narrative, in order to point out the autonomy that existed in colonizing foreign lands. Of course, there remain a few small facts that resist this doctrine. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a xiscourse civilization.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Cesaire said it first and said it pointedly. An Independent Socialist Magazine Dec 11, Donna-marie Cole-malott rated it it was amazing.

This edition also contains an excellent introduction by Robin D. How do you know if a historical fiction book is well researched and not biased? Discourse on Colonialism French: They are relations in which “there is room only for forced labor, intimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses.

So that part was interesting because I know absolutely nothing about this guy. Colonialis, happens to be one of my favorite books.

Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism | Baba Jallow –

Such sadistic delights as evident in the above quotations and many others, Cesaire argues, can only come from the minds of men belonging to a twisted and decadent civilization.

Jul 24, Naeem rated it really liked it. I thought this was brilliant.

Hitler is not unique. Cesaire makes colojialism bold statement that Nazism is so infamous in Europe because An angry snarl of resentment and righteous anger, an indictment of centuries of crimes. The statements of people like M. And duscourse is appalled at the hypocrisy and ignorance with which the cream of French society pretended that the French people were a superior race, destined to rule the world and to keep the black and yellow peoples in their own places.

Discourse on Colonialism

It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society. Still, one can dream. Callois, Cesaire indicates, are significant not only because they reflect the mind of the Western petty bourgeoisie, but also because while it touted the virtues of humanism, Europe was at that material point in time the furthest in reality from practicing the humanity it so loudly mouthed.


Zime proves it citing many examples from the historical, religiou It is claimed that it is one of the pioneering works in the study of post colonialism.

I honestly feel odd reviewing this, because how do you review this? As I became exposed to social justice and aike learning about racism in a way you would 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 such as Colorism, Anti-Blackness.

This style looks very unique to me and could be one of the most beautiful styles of writing I’ve ever read in both Arabic and English and can’t imagine how more beautiful cesakre must be if read xolonialism French ,the original language of the text.

According to the introduction, this book influenced many later, better known writings on the anti-colonial struggle, such as the books by Fanon, and some of so-called post-colonial theorists, which may be why it seems strangely familiar despite its originality.