The concept for this post and much of the background should be credited to one of our lurker Treepers, “Teufelshunde.” Tying all the pieces together of course, is none other than our own inestimable Sundance.
One of the least appreciated, Communist–driven, post-colonial ideologues is the French born black activist, Frantz Fanon.
I recommend that you do not dismiss the concepts that he puts forth. Perhaps, you are seeing them play out in real time in the present day. Fanon makes some substantial points that need to be explored fully, digested, and understood. The consequences of his hypothesis and advanced ideology are possibly in various stages of play all around you.
Fanon has a strong following in today’s US black activist movement.
The fount of his insurrectionary thought can be found in “The Wretched of the Earth”, written in 1961, where Fanon penned the following:
“to be absolutely free of the past, requires total revolution,
I submit to you this concept must be considered agains the backdrop of the current Regime and what that means for the average citizen. Many people mistakenly believe the role of government is to protect them from harm. However, this is not the case. One only has to look up the concept of “affirmative duty” to understand what the Supreme Court has defined as the role of government. In short it can be encapsulated as:
The burden to defend and or use deadly force, is a right that lies with you personally to act accordingly, and appropriately, should you fear for your life and/or limb. The government does not have any affirmative duty to do this for you.
In South v. Maryland, 59 U.S. (How.) 396, 15 L.Ed.433 (1856) – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws. This is a distinction which needs to be clearly understood.
The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament, or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitations which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf, through imprisonment, institutionalization, or other similar restraint of personal liberty.
If you are under the care or custody of the ‘state’ then, and only then, do they have a specific duty to protect you from harm. Or, if the ‘state’ has diminished your capacity to protect yourself, then they “may” arguably be in a position of affirmative duty, but only to the extent the state has diminished your capacity to act on your own behalf.
In all other considerations the “state” only has the duty to enforce the law.
An increase in the levels of underreported violence in a number of urban centers all with a similar pattern may mean the methods advocated by Fanon are already occurring. Yet they do not appear above the average citizen’s immediate radar of visibility.
In “Black Skin, White Masks“, Fanon states:
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance.
And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
Given the overheated rhetoric and public rush to judgment in the racially charged “Trayvon Martin Case,” these are sage words that transcend political differences and will become more apparent in the response of the Martin supporters to exculpatory evidence as their previously staked out position (the “Narrative”) undergoes the scrutiny of evidence-based judicial proceedings.
Which leads me to the core theme of Frantz Fanon, that “Violence is man re-creating himself.”
To paraphrase his thoughts from “Wretched of the Earth,” the oppressed are compelled to throw off the oppressors in a collective catharsis achieved through unmitigated violence. Ergo, the rise of black youth violent “Flash Mobs.”
It is an interesting question if a spiritually wounded people can heal themselves through infliction of massive violence and cataclysmic acts of barbarity. Surely, the proposed victims of this race-based Revolution will have a differing opinion of what their fate and that of their families will be.
“They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.”
Would only those who seek to further inflame perceived racial grievances heed the words of the man that they are emulating. To close on a final note, Fanon stated:
“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it”.
What is YOUR mission?