Churchill and Sartre on Colonialism Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of Ward Churchill and Jean-Paul Sartre's treatment of colonialism.
# 146658 | 1,103 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper looks at Ward Churchill's harsh critique of the American holocaust that refers to the massacre of 90% of the indigenous population and the subsequent segregation of the remainder. The paper also looks at Sartre's portrayal of the colonization of Northern Africa by France and the tensions between the Muslim majority and their minority French oppressors. The paper shows how both authors discuss the use of race and ethnicity as potent political weapons; the oppressor portrays minorities as biologically inferior and as dangerous and uses economic oppression to help perpetuate colonial rule and cultural genocides.

From the Paper:

"Churchill argues that the term holocaust must apply equally to the genocide of the Native American people, but cites insufficient scholarly discourse. To frame the American holocaust as such would now require a whole restructuring of the education, political, and media systems that prevail in the United States. Moreover, the Nazi holocaust can be discussed at a distance because it took place on another continent. Americans can more readily cast judgment on the wrongdoings of others than on our own, hints Churchill. The American genocide is still being rabidly denied because admitting a holocaust would severely upset the belief in American cultural superiority."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Churchill, Ward. A Little Matter of Genocide. City Lights Books, 1997.
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism. Translated by Azzedine Haddour, Steve Brewer. Routledge, 2001.

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