Saturday, July 20, 2013

Frantz Fanon's 88th birthday

“What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.”

- Frantz Fanon; born July 20, 1925
Another quote by Frantz Fanon, from the book, Black Skin, White Masks:

Frantz Fanon's work inspired me a number of years ago. His writing was certainly a clarion call to a generation of Third World revolutionaries during the middle 20th century, and has continued to influence a number of writers and activists subsequently. You can't ready any Africana existentialist authors without references to Fanon. He also had a keen understanding of violence and counterviolence that I think is just as relevant now as it was a half century ago. In his final book, The Wretched of the Earth, he also offered what might have been the first systematic attempt to understand the psychology of the torturer. All said, you would do yourself a favor to read him. Read more about Fanon and some excerpts of his work here.

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