Friday, January 28, 2011
It's a cookbook !
I remembeer when Jerome Corsi and Sean Hannity commented on how that the bad reading material the President chose in college would make him a poor leader. They sited "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and the works of Franz Fanon. I not here to talk about Malcolm today whom BTW, Clarence Thomas claim as a influence (yea, right), but Franz Fanon.
Franz was a Psychologist from Martinque that wrote about race from his perspective as a doctor. While he was station in Algeria he treated many of the injured from the civil war against France the Algerians were having. Because of the brutality of the French towards their subjects in their colonies he started to figure out that their mental problems were from the causes of colonialism and racism. One condition he called "The North African Syndrome". Malcolm X later use Fanon's analysis to describe in detail the "house negro" and the "field negro".
Later on Dr. Fanon quit his job as a doctor and joined the FSLN, the Algerians fighting the French. At this time he wrote many of his works suck as "Black Skin, White Mask", "The Wreched of the Earth" and "Essays of a Dying Colonialism". He worked also as a military stragist as well as the rebels Ambassador to Ghana. He died in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington under the care of doctors and the CIA. The books he wrote are used by the CIA to understand other peoples culture and how to understand them.
In college the the President would read Fanon and smoke cigaretts while wearing a leather jacket. Then the young Barack was trying to discover his blackness and his roots. In Fanon's works he found the answer, it was always in him. We all are the same and want respect. People in power don't understand that because they view the world from their own perspective. Young Barack learned that this black man that understood the people of the Maghrib (North Africa) and the Arab world, that was friends to Jean-Paul Sartre was proud of who he was.
Dr. Fanon's books as used as the tools to start a revolution and free themselves from a slave mentality.When the President went over to Cairo to give his speech the people in the audience knew that he understood them because of his background and who he read. Fanon is a hero in his native Martinque, Algeria, and the Arab World. Fanon main point in his writings was that only violence could cleanse the colonized of colonialism.
Last week the Maghrib blew up. Tunisia threw out their dictator, then this idea spreda all the way to Egypt. One thing good that the President did was not to get involved in other peoples business that are trying to determine their own destiny. Usually the U.S sides with oppressive goverments. This time we minded our own business, would a President Palin have doen that?
Many writers are claiming that this uprising is because of Twitter, Anonmyous, 4chan,Bush's polcies, or the President's speech. This uprising didn't happen because of Fanon either, it happen because colonized people wanted to be free. They want to be like you and me. They want to listen to their music, play their PlayStation and enjoy life like everyone else on earth.
Corsi and Hannity remind me of the characters in a "Twilight Zone" episode where they were trying to translate a book. The book was called "To Serve Man". After one guy got on a spaceship with the aliens who book he translated he found out that "To Serve Man" was a cookbook.
Hannity , Corsi, I'm warning you before you step on that spaceship, "The Wretched of the Earth", it's a cookbook. Maybe you should read it now.