Class Issues in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Frantz Fanon, in his classic account of colonialism and violence, The Wretched of the Earth, went to great length and detail explaining the elements needed to overthrow a colonial oppressor.

Most obvious in his writing is his acceptance for, and at times the encouragement of, violence. This violence is to be directed at those foreigners who subdue and suppress the native national people.

Throughout the book Fanon speaks of the need to remove the foreign presence in the land in order for the country to gain its independence and its own character.

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Capitalist Colonialism: The Exploitation of Tanzania

Whilst many claim that the days of colonialism are over, we should not be so naive, or arrogant, to believe that this is true. Though the nations of Africa have gained their independence from their colonial overlords, a more sinister form of colonialism still exists upon the continent.

Around 10 months ago, whilst searching for employment and a positive way to spend my time, I applied for International Citizen Service, a wonderful opportunity to go abroad and aid poverty alleviation in some of the poorest countries in the world. I attended an interview in London, and was lucky enough to get accepted for a place with Raleigh International on a ten week project in Tanzania. I could not wait to take part, and began to research the project and the area where I was going to be visiting.

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