The Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Fanon)

  “There are no clean hands, no innocent bystanders. We are all in the process of dirtying our hands in the quagmire of our soil and the terrifying void of our minds. Any bystander is a coward or a traitor."

“There are no clean hands, no innocent bystanders. We are all in the process of dirtying our hands in the quagmire of our soil and the terrifying void of our minds. Any bystander is a coward or a traitor."

Martinique / 1961

It took me THREE weeks to get through Fanon! Not sure if that is a testament to my poor intellect, or to Fanon's genius. This book says the same thing a thousand different ways. If you feel inclined to read it, I recommend definitely reading Sartre's preface, and then go up to page 100. Then skim the rest, and then read the conclusion. I promise you'll be good. This book is commonly referred to as "the handbook on decolonization." Yes, I'll give it that. Fanon describes the different mechanisms and class anxieties surrounding nation-building. He ultimately says that Africa must totally depart from Europe, in terms of everything: culture. economics, politics, etc. Fanon advises new African nations to plan their futures with a blank-slate mindset, instead of relying on outdated colonial methods of ruling (which has unfortunately sprouted dictators and corrupt leaders). This book made me think of how coloniasm in Africa not only crippled many nations' pasts and presents, but also their futures.