Discourse on Colonialism

Discourse on Colonialism

An essay first published in 1950 with a new introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley.

Discourse on Colonialism argues that colonialism was not—and had never been—a benevolent movement whose goal was to improve the lives of the colonized; instead, colonists' motives were entirely self-centered—i.e., economic exploitation. According to Césaire, by establishing these colonies and then exploiting them, the European colonial powers have created two main problems: the problem of the proletariat and the colonial problem

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