The Subterfuge of Equal Rights: Deconstructing The Liberal Assimilationist Tool of (neo) Colonialism Part 3 of 3

Published by: James Stone
amilcar cabral ans mario de pinto andrade

Amilcar Lopes da Costa Cabral (left) founder of the PAIGC, (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) and a founding member of the MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola), with Mário Coelho Pinto de Andrade (right), also a founding member of the MPLA. Both men fought to overturn Portuguese colonialism.

Armed with a privileged education, these assimilados were faced with a dilemma; either to struggle for their self-advancement in the framework of colonial society or to arm themselves culturally to challenge and destroy the system of domination. In other words, it was a matter of choosing between two views of life: either individual ascent by accepting the system’s rules, or total rejection, in effect breaking away in order to open the way to freedom for the strata most oppressed by colonialism.

—Mário de Andrade1

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In this final part, we answer the question….what is “equality” in an oppressive system?

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  1. Amilcar Cabral, Unity and Struggle: Speeches and Writings of Amilcar Cabral, trans. Michael Wolfers (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979), p. xxiii.