The Legacy of Frantz Fanon

When I read that the United Nations had declared that the United States police force were “Terrorists” and American Blacks were owed reparations, needless to say, I was intrigued. But, It was not the rhetoric that caught my attention. After all, virtually any declaration coming from the U.N is merely Rhetorical.   However, what did pique my interest, was the person making the declaration…Mireille Fanon-Mendes; The daughtdaughter-of-frantz-fanoner of the celebrated thinker, Frantz Fanon. As the Current president of the Fantz Fanon Foundation, She and many others work to eradicate colonialism and all its insidious forms.

As she spoke, in her heavy French accent, I pondered the significance of this Ostensibly Impotent declaration. Why here, (at the U.N)? And why now, at a time when racial tensions appear to be boiling?

I decided to look closer at the teachings of her father, a man whose teachings and observations would stand the test of time, influencing a new generations of thinkers facing some of the same old obstacles. I was amazed at what I learned…

The Man

Frantz Fanon wore many professional and  intellectual hats in his short life. As a respected psychiatrist and writer, he became very influential in the fields of critical theory, Marxism, Pan-Africanism and Humanism, to name a few.  Under French occupation in Martinique, his thoughts on colonization and anti-black racism were well-formed. The aforementioned would be further confirmed during his military service with the Free French Army.  The severe racism experienced in the 1940s was pervasive, sometimes even coming from the very people he fought to liberate. He was a decorated soldier. By the time of his death in 1961, his thoughts and ideas would have inspired several Liberation movements and radical political organizations around the world, including many within the United States.

The Movement

Black Skin, White Masks is one of Fanon’s important works. In Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon psychoanalyzes the oppressed Black person who is perceived to be a lesser creature in the White world that he or she lives in. His work is still very relevent considering the current racial climate. Throughout his writings he makes it clear that the oppressed people wherever they may be, must organize, and remove the oppressor by any means. Including violently.

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The  Frantz Fanon Foundation has been a model organizational structure for a number of radical political movements. Some have been quite succesful. One being, BlackLivesMatter. With no physical home base of operations, they are less vulnerable to attacks of all sorts. And now with the support of wealthy philanthropists such as George Soros, it appears this organization is here to stay. Demanding equal rights,  This movement has managed to establish chapters in virtually every major city in the United States. Another, The American Indian Movement,  have also been extremely active in recent days. Just look at whats happening with the Dakota access pipeline protest. People of all colors, races, social classes, appear to be organizing in small clusters surrounding a number of causes. And they seem to have also been reading about Fanon.

There have been literary masterpieces such as Ta-nehisi Coats’ ‘Between The World and Me’. Where Coats, much like Fanon encapsulates the Black experience and administers the story in a way that all can relate to.  Fanon’s teachings have permeated the Radical left like no other time in recent history. As it seems, a full-blown revolution as already started… and now is the time for ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ to have a seat at the table.

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“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity”-Frantz Fanon

 

Endgame

Frantz Fanon died at the young of 36. With all the urgency and fiery belligerence of a dying man, his final work was literally dictated from his deathbed.  His Wife transcribed the words that would become ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ shortly before cancer stole his final breath.

In present day U.S.A. It’s clear that things can not continue on the way they are.  We are heading for some major crisis. I don’t know if it will come in the form of some kind of class or race warfare…an environmental catastrophy…nuclear war with russia…?…police state…shariah law? I won’t fret over it though… I know what happens at the end of story.

There is a scripture in the bible that foretells the fate of human governments. That scripture is found at Daniel Chapter 2 in verses 31- 44.  It speaks of a great image of a statue consisting of elements found on earth. From the head of gold, to the feet of iron and molded clay, it represents all the great world powers of mankind’s history. Starting with the golden age of Egypt, a civilization unmatched in its splendor…Down to the Feet of Iron and molded clay. The Final world powers of Great Britain and the United States, fractured, by the clay(common people) weakening the iron fist of the colonial and imperial rule.

It all ends here in Daniel 2:

44  “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom+ that will never be destroyed.+ And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people.+ It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms,+ and it alone will stand forever,+45  just as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut not by hands, and that it crushed the iron, the copper, the clay, the silver, and the gold.+ The Grand God has made known to the king what will happen in the future.+ The dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

This is why I won’t be voting  for Trump or Clinton. I won’t be joining any protest movements. Because Gods kingdom will truly unite the races in love and peace; and its clear that there is not much time left. I KNOW there will a time when colonialism and oppression will come to an end forever.

Cheers!

p.s. you can find my email address in the about section. To learn more about bible prophesy feel free to contact me. otherwise leave a comment, tell me what you think.

 

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