Why is Violence Necessary
Purpose: This essay is an opportunity for you to reveal your ability to read a text and think critically. Doing so requires careful use of close reading and critical analysis. You will reveal your knowledge of the subject before presenting your own viewpoint of this topic. Texts: “On Violence”—Franz Fanon Spoken word poetry and music by Gil Scott-Heron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goh2x_G0ct4&feature=youtu.be The Last Poets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QLrWIhFrlk&feature=youtu.be Nina Simone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBiAtwQZnHs&feature=youtu.be Topic: In Fanon’s chapter “On Violence” from The Wretched of the Earth, he discusses the various forms of violence perpetrated against the oppressed by the oppressor (he calls them the colonized and the colonizers). He observes that often, violence must be met with violence. In the music and poetry by Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, and Nina Simone, the artists expose the horrors of living in a world of white supremacy domination and the daily violence upon Black and brown communities. Writing Task In a well-developed, thesis-driven essay of 3-4 pages (750-900 words) using two (2) of our texts, respond to the following prompt: What are some of the violence Fanon discusses and why does he say violence is often necessary? Make sure you use poetry and music to support your thesis.