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Fanon Vs Dubois

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When reading W.E.B. DuBois and Franz Fanon, I couldn't get rid of the feeling of dejà vu. It seemed that I have already encountered these ideas; maybe in a slightly different shape but I have definitely heard that before. After reflecting on what I have read, I decided that DuBois' concept of “double-consciousness” reminds me of the concept of “double vision” that was introduced by post-colonial feminists. Thus, when in class we started to discuss how DuBois and Fanon anticipate the ideas of the second-wave feminism, I felt relieved – my intuition didn't let me down and I was very close to identifying the thoughts I had been introduced to before. It is nearly impossible to not notice that both DuBois and Friedan use the language of the “problem”…show more content…
Opposing the ideas that black people need only some skills-training in order to be able to work, he was defending the position that black people should be able to access higher education just like white people. As it's not the education that makes people's lives miserable but lack thereof: “The training of the schools we need today more than ever, – the training of deft hands, quick eyes and ears, and above all the broader, deeper, higher culture of gifted minds and pure hearts. … Freedom, too, the long-sought, we still seek, – the freedom of life and limb, the freedom to work and think, the freedom to love and aspire. Work, culture, liberty, – all those we need, not singly but together, not successively but together...” I think that it is an extremely powerful passage from DuBois, very succinctly and emotionally he draws attention to the fact that if a certain group is denied access to basic things – work, culture, liberty – there is no surprise that this group is seen as the outcast, but it's not the fault of this group, the problem is structural – give these people what they are denied and watch miraculous changes…show more content…
“We cannot be held responsible that in this war psychiatric phenomena entailing disorders affecting behavior and thought have taken on importance where those who carry out the “pacification” are concerned, or that these same disorders are notable among the “pacified” population. The truth is that colonialism in its essence was already taking on the aspect of a fertile purveyor for psychiatric hospitals.” – claims Fanon. He highlights that people on the both sides (both the colonizers and the colonized) suffer from the situation, so, reasons Fanon, the problem is rooted in the situation but not in people. When you see many people with psychological and psychosomatic problems from both sides, you start noticing the pattern. After observing it for a while, you conclude that these people are victims of the colonial
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