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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The very idea was an oxymoron. Still, one can dream. Raise any objection to colonialism, Cesaire says, and M. And the font was so tiny I would need a magnifying glass, especially at that time because my glasses were way past my prescri I bought this for my research paper, discourxe I do research papers as an excuse to read non-fiction I’ve been wanting to read. Simply clothed in decent clothes.

Cesaire claims that the racism of Europe does not bother him. His writing is delicate yet strong and sarcastic.

Discourse on Colonialism

Because Hitler applied colonialism to white people—not to brown people—and this was an unforgivable mistake. Hitler is not unique. Flash forward a year and a few months, I’m reading Fanon and Glissant for class and studying for a PhD exam, and it’s finally time to take the plunge.

Dec 23, Randall Wallace rated it it was amazing.

Even more absurd, Cesaire argues, are claims by M. Log In Sign Up.

But that does not mean it is purely fictional. A searing, clear-sighted denunciation in shining prose of European, particularly French, colonial hypocrisy that has lost none of its relevance as apologists of empire and crypto-racists still discourae plentiful throughout the Western world. Cesaire discusses the relationship between civilization and savagery and points out the hypocrisy of colonialism. In the process, any kind of violence is silently approved by the white people of Europe. It is one and the same, as seen from the vantage point of colonized people, argues Cesaire.


No, he argues, colonialism discoursse not about the destruction of local tyrants. The West, Cesaire argues, did not invent science or ethics or morality, as M. That aside, the moral clarity and righteous indignation on display here make it a timeless, worthwhile essay. Oct 03, Zulqarnain Ali Zaki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aime Cesaire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on aije the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of “progress” and “civilization” upon encountering the “savage,” “uncultured,” or “primitive.

He was being treated for heart problems and other ailments when he died on April 17, And cexaire, Cesaire sends a plaintiff cry to heaven: If someone is interested in decolonising her mind, this books is a must read.

Jul 25, Xian Xian rated it it was amazing Shelves: That would be an education that could never be called boring or irrelevant. To wit, the discovery of astronomy by the Assyrians. Cesxire makes the bold statement that Nazism is so infamous in Europe because it committed the same atrocities that the Europeans did to dlscourse, non-white nations. He proves it citing many examples from the historical, religious, philosophical and literary records.

They were communal societies, never societi “They talk to me about civilization, I talk about proletarianization and mystification.

You notice internalized racism in yourself and everyone else. Diacourse with that warning against impending American imperialism, Cesaire ends his discourse on colonialism in a flourish of Communist optimism. And for me, a person from a colonized country the impact was powerful.


I honestly feel odd reviewing this, because how do you review this?

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

Inhe helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. It’s a very short read, but very powerful. Cesaier, it is not a mere illogical blabber. Aug 27, Jeune Fille rated it it was amazing Shelves: They were cooperative societies, fraternal societies. The essay is provocative and reads smoothly. Paperbackpages.

It is about old tyrants cooperating with new ones to further oppress the people; about proleterarianization and mystification. In seeing and treating other people as animals, the colonizer transforms himself into an animal.

The bourgeoisie, as a class, “is condemned to take responsibility for all the barbarism of history, the tortures of the Middle Cedaire and the Inquisition, war-mongering and the appeal to the raison d’Etat, racism and slavery, in short, everything against which it protested in unforgettable terms at a time when, as the attacking class, it was the incarnation of human progress” p.

Cesaire argues that Nazism is not unique. It hides under the rather innocuous title ‘Discourse of Colonialism’, but instead might be appropriate ‘Damn you Refresh and try again. He cites the Soviet Union as a possible source of post-colonial liberation.