By Frantz Fanon
An incisive and illuminating account of ways, throughout the Algerian Revolution, the folk of Algeria replaced centuries-old cultural styles and embraced yes historic cultural practices lengthy derided by means of their colonialist oppressors as primitive, which will break those self same oppressors. Fanon makes use of the 5th yr of the Algerian Revolution as some extent of departure for an explication of the inevitable dynamics of colonial oppression.
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The power of the colonialist mes sage, the systems used to impose it and present it as the truth were such that most of the time the colonized had only his own increasingly overshadowed inner conviction to oppose to the eminently traumatizing offensives of the French press and the spectacular manifestations of the military and police power. Confronted daily with "the wiping out of the last remaining guerrilla bands," the civilian could fight off despair ontx by an act of faith, by an obstinate belief.
Colonialism must accept the fact that things happen without its control, without its direction. We are reminded of the words spoken in an international assembly by an African political figure. " The doctrinal assertions of colo nialism in its attempt to justify the maintenance of its domi nation almost always push the colonized to the position of mak ing uncompromising, rigid, static counter-proposals. After the l Sth of May, the veil was resumed, but stripped once and for all of its exclusively traditional dimension.
Adults were then reduced to coming out into the open or else to falling back on L'Echo d'Alger. It was at this point that the political directorate of the Revolution gave orders to boycott the Algerian local pre"s. This decision had a double objective. First, to counter the offensive of the Algerian trusts by a measure having economic consequences. By depriving the Algerian papers of a large pro 82 THIS IS THE VOICE OF ALGERIA A DYING COLONIALISM portion of their native customers the revolutionary movement was dealing a rather effective blow to the market of the local press.
A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon