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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Trivia About Discourse on Colo He gives evidences to his theories and they are shocking and revealing at the same time. They were communal societies, never societi “They talk to me about civilization, I talk about proletarianization and mystification.

It may be a first ever realist take on colonialism. Colonialism is founded on a venomous ideology – an ideology of racial and cultural hierarchy. Colonialismm bourgeois history is the history of evil and plunder.

But before then, they did not call it Nazism or Fascism. He proves it citing many examples from the historical, religious, philosophical and literary records. Hitler is not unique.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

He also served in France’s National Assembly from to and from to The discourse is definetly worth a read, it is a bold, informative piece of work, more than anything it opened my eyes to surrealism amongst and around black Marxists movements of the s, which I had previously been unaware of, both are evident in this Cesaire’s brilliant piece. Views Read Edit View history.

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An angry snarl of resentment and righteous anger, an indictment of centuries of crimes. It’s that “Europe is Undefinable”, that’s quite right. To calm his conscience born out of tortures rendered to the colonized or the mass killinghe considers the colonized as mere animal. Lindqvist who say that the Holocaust was the apex of what the Europeans were practicing coloniailsm the colonies.

Had Hitler venture Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique. As an example that such a marriage between past and present was possible, Cesaire, suggests, “we can look to the Soviet Union” p. Some of those things are colonialism and White supremacy. Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this at some point, preferably it should be required in high school.

Discourse on Colonialism

The colonized are not human beings worthy of human rights or human respect, but things merely to be used, driven around, beaten and, when the need arises, killed in the name of a coloniapism and order rooted in injustice and barbarism. But why does Hitler get all the attention? It’s a very short read, but very powerful. People need to think more, and Cesaire really nailed some good points in this.

If he occasionally idealizes the precolonial cultures, at other points he admits that they were not ideal either, but shows that the colonialists allied with the most backwards elements in the traditional cultures, thus instead of advancing their civilization it held them back further.


As a member of the Martinican Communist Party, he does have some illusions yet ceaire Stalinism, which he later broke with; as the introductory essay by Robin D. Later when Hitler took the same measures of treatment reserved for the colonized to the white people of Europe, the Europeans could not understand. Monitoring work something sinister men. Cet essai nous en apprends plus sur le regard qu’ont certains occidentaux sur le reste du monde. Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique.

The colonialist knows that he is engaged in acts of violence against fellow human beings, but he refuses to acknowledge the fact because his is a sick civilization.

He writes in poetic prose as, “a method of achieving clairvoyance, of obtaining the knowledge we need to move forward”. It is claimed that it is one of the pioneering works in the study of post colonialism. I bought this for my research paper, sometimes I do research papers as an excuse to read non-fiction I’ve been wanting to read.

Similar statements have been made by people like the French philosopher Renan, Indochina governor-general Albert Sarraut, and many other French religious and political leaders of the day.