Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Aimé Césaire on the difference between actual and abstract equality in the colonial context

'To prevent the development of all national consciousness in the colonized, the colonizer pushes the colonized to desire an abstract equality. But equality refuses to remain abstract. And what an affair it is when the colonized takes back the word on his own account to demand that it not remain a mere word!'
- Aimé Césaire, Décolonisation pour les Antilles

Cited in Nick Nesbitt's Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant (2013)