Decolonise This!

Decolonise This! is an educational video series contributing to a global debate on the legacies of European colonialism, imperialism, racial slavery and genocide.

Decolonise This! brings theories from the Radical South, as well as, radical theorists from the North, to an audience working in the “humanitarian and international development” sectors.



This is the introduction to the Decolonise This!-Series, explaining the need for and the work of decolonial thought.

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Episode 1

Frantz Fanon

Colonialism as Violence

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This episode features the work of Martinican psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon, whose understanding of colonialism as violence marked a shift in how we conceptualise colonialism and its aftermath today.

The next episode coming up soon…

“Fanon: Colonialism as White Supremacy”

glossary and bibliography


Medical/pharmaceutical apartheidrefers to unequal access to medical treatment, medicines, and pharmaceutical products, often along racial, ethnic, geographic or class lines. Pharmaceutical companies may choose to price much-needed products at high rates, making them unobtainable to whole demographics and groups. Alternatively, Euro-American health authorities may argue that it is ‘impractical’ to provide certain treatments or medicines to communities in particular geographic locations.  
Contractually forced laboursometimes referred to as ‘forced labour’, contractually forced labour refers to instances in which individuals, families or whole communities are coerced to work via intimidation, violence, accrued debt or other forms of blackmail, such as the retention of identity papers.  
Neoliberalismrefers to a dominant politic-economic ideology which emphasises the value of free market competition and economic growth to advance human progress. It promotes minimal state intervention in economic and social affairs and defines individuals as consumers in a market system.


Petty bourgeoisie – a French term (petite bourgeoisie) referring to a social class that sits between the middle and lower classes. Historically, this class comprised small merchants and semi-autonomous peasants. Marxist thinkers often use the term in a derogatory manner, stating that the petty bourgeoisie is influenced by and seeks to identify itself with the haute (high) bourgeoisie.

Heteropatriarchy – is a term used to describe a socio-political system in which heterosexual, cisgender males dominate cisgender females and people of other gender identities and sexual orientations.

Pathologize – refers to the representation of a person or group as medically diseased or psychologically abnormal.


Resources Books

Frantz Fanon, Peau Noire, Masques Blancs/ Black Skin, White Masks, 1952/1967.

Frantz Fanon, Les Damnés de la Terre/ The Wretched of The Earth, 1961/1963.

Frantz Fanon, L’An V de la Révolution Algérienne / A Dying Colonialism, 1959/1967.

Frantz Fanon, J. Khalfa and R. Young (Anthology Editors), S. Corcoran (Translator), Alienation and Freedom, 2018.

Lewis R. Gordon, What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought, 2015.

Nasser Rego, Reading Fanon in Palestine/Israel, 2012,

“What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?,” 2017, Boston Review:
and the response by Peter James Hudson:
“Racial Capitalism and the Dark Proletariat,” 2018, Boston Review:

Tammam Aloudat, The damage aid workers can do – with just their words, N Opinion,

Movie Recommendations

The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966)

Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense, by Göran Hugo Olsson (2014).

Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore – An Antipode Foundation Film:

Robin D. G. Kelley – What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does It Matter?–gim7W_jQQ