The Wretched Of The Earth, By Frantz Fanon: The Native Intellectual's Alliance With The Lumpenproletariat

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The native intellectual’s alliance with the lumpenproletariat.

In Fanon’s, The Wretched of the Earth, he sees the Native Intellectual as aggressive for command, nonviolent, a modern voice, and strategic. “The native intellectual has clothed his aggressiveness in his barely veiled desire to assimilate himself to the colonial world. He used his aggressiveness to serve his own individual interests,” (60). Here, Fanon emphasizes the native intellectual’s aggressiveness for power. He has hid his initial plan to eliminate the settler and take his position of authority, by assimilating to his beliefs. These revolve around the idea of a colonial world. This world is characterized as a division of action less and honorable titles where you can only take the position of one. His own individual interests are to run society with views other than the European views that the settler has come with. His scheme of foolery is seen as aggressive because he is disguising himself as an accomplice of the settler while planning how to remove him from the land have his governing status.
The native intellectual’s plan to govern society is based on ideas of individuality, which colonization destroys. Colonization forces people to conform to ideas of separations, limitations, and social “norms.” “What the intellectual demands is the right to multiply the emancipated, and the opportunity to organize a genuine class of emancipated citizens,” (60). As of now, there are many boundaries that separate the different social class. There’s the rich bourgeoisie, the working middle class, the native intellectual and the poor lumpenproletariat. The native intellectual refuses to let these boundaries continue through the transformation of a colonial world. Instead, he wants everyone to have freedom and be their own person, without having a label to describe their social status. He wants all social classes to get along and be able to live happily together. The native intellectual wants to erase all the border lines that cause friction between the different social classes in order to release some of the tension and the problems that a colonial world causes. One of the main problems colonization causes is the degradation of humans that can get as serious as calling another human, of lower standards, an animal. By erasing the idea of colonization, the native intellectual can create the authentic group of boundless citizens that he wishes to have.
The native intellectual se perceived as a modern voice because his aggressiveness to change the conditions of colonization serves for the purpose of uniting the relationship between the settler and the native. The settler is considered the colonist who wants to reform...

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