Sketchy Thoughts: Quote of the Day

I’ve been reading more on the Sketchy Thoughts page which is providing a very useful service via translations (and no, it doesn’t only seem like ‘riot central’, the film reviews are ok too :).

It also contains this appropriate, old, but relevant, quote. Much better than the old Tory ‘rivers of blood’ speech, this is one that I’d direct at those who are writing ‘anti-terror’ laws today (such as those just going though the UK parliament this month, for example) – they must be taught that people have a right to stand up and resist tyranny:

“It needed more than one native to say ‘We’ve had enough’; more than one peasant rising crushed, more than one demonstration put down before we could today hold our own, certain in our victory. As for we who have decided to break the back of colonialism, our historic mission is to sanction all revolts, all desperate actions, all those abortive attempts drowned in rivers of blood”.

– Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth (electronic version of the concluding chapter of this text here, Amazon here)


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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