Nigel Gibson, Marlboro Institute professor and a leading scholar on Frantz Fanon, wrote for the academic news site The Conversation about the psychiatrist and political philosopher’s last work before he died, Wretched of the Earth, 60 years ago. Gibson also recently published the collection Fanon Today: The Reason and Revolt of the Wretched of the Earth.
Gibson analyzes quotes from Fanon’s impassioned writing about anti-colonialism and concludes:
This is just the beginning, the work of humanising the world does not end there, in fact by the end of the book it is clear that while this remains a crucial turning point because consciousness, let alone material reality, are not changed overnight. Mental and physical liberation has to be ongoing after the colonists had been kicked out. The ‘new society’, the liberated ‘new person’ – collectively, socially, and individually – has to be consciously and intentionally developed.