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Frantz Fanon

Birthdate: 20. July 1925
Date of death: 6. December 1961

Frantz Omar Fanon was a Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism. As an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist humanist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization.

In the course of his work as a physician and psychiatrist, Fanon supported the Algerian War of Independence from France, and was a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front. For more than five decades, the life and works of Frantz Fanon have inspired national liberation movements and other radical political organizations in Palestine, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the United States. In What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought, leading Africana scholar and contemporary philosopher Lewis R. Gordon remarked that "Fanon's contributions to the history of ideas are manifold. He is influential not only because of the originality of his thought but also because of the astuteness of his criticisms...He developed a profound social existential analysis of antiblack racism, which led him to identify conditions of skewed rationality and reason in contemporary discourses on the human being."

He wrote numerous books, including, most notably, The Wretched of the Earth. This influential title focuses on the necessary role that Fanon thinks violence must play in decolonization struggles.

Works

„Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.“

—  Frantz Fanon, book The Wretched of the Earth

Variant: Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
Source: The Wretched of the Earth

„What matters is not to know the world but to change it.“

—  Frantz Fanon, book Black Skin, White Masks

Source: Black Skin, White Masks

„To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.“

—  Frantz Fanon, book Black Skin, White Masks

Source: Black Skin, White Masks (1952), pp. 38

„O my body, make of me always a man who questions!“

—  Frantz Fanon, book Black Skin, White Masks

Variant: Oh my body, make of me a man who always questions!
Source: Black Skin, White Masks

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