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They do not want to achieve the same status as the colonizer, but precisely seek to replace him and to eliminate his power in favour of the new regime. Revolution requires the actual replacement of colonizer with colonized. It demands this systematic eradication, and not a partial engagement with the entrenched, hegemonic terms: “for fanon and sartre 37 them, there is no question of entering into competition with the settler. ). It is the magnitude of this overthrow that demands the use of violence, as well as the unification of the people against the former power.

After the end of the war, Fanon went to study psychiatry in Lyon, and published Black Skin, White Masks in 1952. Disillusioned with metropolitan culture, he denounces the Manichaean divisions of the colonial system and rails against the rigid classification of the “negro” as inferior and “other”. After finishing medical school, Fanon took a position at the Blida-Joinville psychiatric hospital in Algiers, where he began to investigate culturally sensitive approaches to madness. A year after he arrived, however, the Algerian War of Independence began, and Fanon quickly found himself caught up in the revolutionary struggle.

39) In a self-consciously Marxist tone, Fanon affirms that the revolution is in the hands of the people, who retain its goal as an absolute in itself. Fanon tacitly criticizes the obscure political machinations of those who attempt to take control. He is suspicious of the colonized bourgeoisie, and his text speaks in favour of the simple demands of the underprivileged and disenfranchised proletariat. Fanon’s relationship with Marxism is a complicated one, however, and demands further reflection.

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