In Robert J. C. Young’S Book, Postcolonialism, A Very Short

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In Robert J. C. Young’s book, Postcolonialism, A Very Short Introduction, he explains “Postcolonialism claims the right of all people on this earth to the same material and cultural well-being. The reality, though, is that the world today is a world of inequality, and much of the difference fails across the broad division between people of the west and those of the non-west” (2). This sentence sums up the separation of civilizations in various parts of the world due to the consequences of colonialism by European imperialists. There are extreme, long lasting effects that affect many inhabitants of the world today, whether it be poverty or racism. The aftermath of the colonial periods can still, unfortunately, be seen today. The process…show more content…
When the Europeans began taking over, naturally the inhabitants of the developing nations were angry. They already had successful, working systems that were deemed mediocre by foreign British imperialists. This led to inevitable violence and a history of revolt rebellion of attempting to kick the colonizer out. They demanded independence through revolutions. However, once their independence was gained and they were permitted a free country, the country’s situation did not change. The economy and government of the new nation is typically tremendously similar to those who initially colonized. This is due to familiarity and only being exposed to the system the Europeans set in place. With the government and economy not changing in a newly independent nation, the division of the people only grew. The upper/bourgeoisie class is simply replaced with domestic inhabitants rather than white European men. On page 107 of The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon, Fanon explains, “In the aftermath of independence, the nationals who live in the prosperous regions realize their good fortune and their gut reaction is to refuse to feed the rest of the nation… while a sector grows relatively wealthy, the rest of the colony continues, or rather sinks into underdevelopment and poverty.” The class struggle between the proletariats/working class and

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