Fanon Friday’s is back on the scene. I would like to thank comrade AJ for providing us with this quote, as well as providing the link were it and other valuable information can be found, let’s call it AJ’s link. I was fond of this particular quote because people, ad nauseam, like to relinquish all responsibility to struggle by saying, with mendacity I might add, “That was the past! It’s not like that anymore. What can you do? That’s why we need to vote. It isn’t the 60’s anymore!” BLAH BLAH BLAH! YO FANON! Kick the real for the people like only you know how. Enjoy!
“…the oral tradition – stories, epics and songs of the people – which formerly were filed away as set pieces are now beginning to change. The storytellers who used to relate inert episodes now bring them alive and introduce into them modifications which are increasingly fundamental. There is a tendency to bring conflicts up to date and to modernise the kinds of struggle which the stories evoke, together with the names of heroes and the types of weapons. The method of allusion is more and more widely used. The formula ‘This all happened long ago’ is substituted by that of ‘What we are going to speak of happened somewhere else, but it might well have happened here today, and it might happen tomorrow’.” From a speech by Frantz Fanon at the Congress of Black African Writers, 1959,