The Colonizer and the Colonized
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First published in English in 1965, this timeless classic explores the psychological effects of colonialism on colonized and colonizers alike.
labor and servants, it is because the colonized can be exploited at will and are not protected by the laws of the colony ; if he can easily obtain administrative positions, it is because they are reserved for him and the colonized are excluded from them ; the more freely he breathes, the more the colonized are choked . an illegitimately privileged one ; that is, a usurper . Furthermore, this is so, not only in the eyes of the colonized, but in his own as well . If he occasionally objects that
moral or cultural mission of colonization and shows that the profit motive in it is basic . I have often noted that the deprivations of the colonized are the almost direct result of the advantages secured to the colonizer . However, colonial privilege is not solely economic . To observe the life of the colonizer and the colonized is to discover rapidly that the daily humiliation of the colonized, his objective subjugation, are not merely economic . Even the poorest colonizer thought himself to
individuals, even many of them in a single group . One can wonder if their output is mediocre, whether malnutrition, low wages, a closed future, a ridiculous conception of a role in society, does not make the colonized uninterested in his work . What is suspect is that the accusation is not directed solely at the farm laborer or slum resident, but also at the professor, engineer or physician who does the same number of hours of work as his colonizer colleagues ; indeed, all individuals of the
Colonized 128 Mythical portrait of the colonized 129 which is conceded is the result of a psychological or ethical failing . Thus it is with Arab hospitality, make a man of the colonized crumble away . The humanity of the colonized, rejected by the colonizer, which is difficult to consider as a negative characteristic . If one pays attention, one discovers that the becomes opaque. It is useless, he asserts, to try to forecast the colonized's actions ("They are unpredictable!" "With them,
always manages to discover . Indeed, a man straddling two cultures is rarely well seated, and the colonized does not always find the right pose . This makes the regrets of humanists in the mother country very hollow, just as their reproach directed to the colonized is unjust. How dare he refuse that wonderful synthesis in which he can only win? It is the colonized who is the first to desire assimilation, and it is the colonizer who refuses it to him . Now that colonization is reaching its end,