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The Wretched of the Earth - Chapter 4, On National Culture Summary & Analysis

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As the stirrings of revolt begin to energize the natives, a need arises for new forms of cultural expression to give voice to the new consciousness, Fanon says. Since colonialism has throttled not only the native identity but also the indigenous culture and infused the culture of the mother country into the natives, an artistic renaissance often must be preceded by deep research into pre-existing native culture.

It's important for those who are about to throw off the shackles of colonialism to realize that their forbears, however ineffectually, did resist and did fight against colonialism as best they could with the tools at their disposal, and should not be scorned if their efforts did not succeed, according to Fanon. When the first demands for equality and dignity are raised by natives, the colonialist regime responds by feigning deep concern...

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