By Frantz Fanon
An incisive and illuminating account of ways, through the Algerian Revolution, the folk of Algeria replaced centuries-old cultural styles and embraced definite historic cultural practices lengthy derided by means of their colonialist oppressors as primitive, as a way to spoil 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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Within the gen eral pattern of a given costume, there are of course always modi fications of detail, innovations which in highly developed soci eties are the mark of fashion. But the effect as a whole remains homogeneous, and great areas of civilization, immense cultural regions, can be grouped together on the basis of original, spe cific techniques of men's and women's dress. It is by their apparel that types of society first become known, whether through written accounts and photographic records or motion pictures.
Some of these pho tographs show things done by members of our Revolution. But there are other photographs that show some of the thou sands of crimes of which the Bellounis and the harkis2 armed by the French Army have themselves been guilty. Finally and above all, there are those tens of thousands of Algerian men and women who have been and continue to be victims of the French troops. No, it is not true that the Revolution has gone to the lengths to which colonialism has gone. But we do not on this account justify the immediate reactions of our compatriots.
But today this serves no purpose. The single college3 has been accepted by the extremists of the domination, but in 1959 this appears ludicrous, in view of the extraordinary dimensions assumed by the Algerian national consciousness. Question any woman or any man anywhere on the earth's surface and ask her or him if the Algerian people have not already acquired the right to be twenty times inde pendent. There is no one, in 1959, apart from those Frenchmen who have dragged their country into this horrible adventure, who does not yearn to see the end of this slaughter and the birth of the Algerian nation.