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Frantz Fanon and the cultural alienation



Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, anthropologist native of Martinique, died on 6 December 1961.over 60 years ago frantz fanon wrote “black-skinned Binche masks” in the hope that it would help the de-alienation of our people.

In this book he explains the powerful effects of colonialism on life in the 20th century, examines the impact of colonialism on whites and blacks in colonized regions and colonizing countries, and shows that the legacy of colonialism continues to determine how people live reality in the present

Fanon argues that colonization strips people of their culture, identity and often also the sense of their existence, leaving them in a state of profound alienation.

Alienation is stripping oneself of what one is, stripping one’s culture, identity, language and religion in order to wear the identity of others. Alienation can be seen primarily from an economic, spiritual and cultural point of view.

If colonization has stripped Africa of what it is of culture and identity, language and religiosity, the time has come to abandon this alienation: returning to one’s origins, identity by accepting oneself respecting what we are by embracing one’s own culture.





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