Among the Chinese hegemonists' reasons for the renewed military violence in Tibet is that some Tibetans allegedly have "reactionary music" on their phones. Of course, any idiot in China knows that the recent "crackdown on crime" is China's way of defusing any political action during the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese invasion. What exactly is reactionary music? Radiohead, maybe? But isn't Radiohead revolutionary? I've been wracking my brain trying to think of what the Chinese must consider anti-revolutionary/reactionary. I mean, do they still listen to Madame Mao's kitsch operas in Beijing?
Tibet is the Algeria of the 21st century. Maybe the Chinese would do well to read Fanon, who reminded us that the colonial world is a Manichean world. China insists that it is the savior of Tibet. Those of us who actually read revolutionary literature beg to disagree.
Here is Fanon, in The Wretched of the Earth: "It is not enough for the settler to delimit physically, that is to say with the help of the army and the police force, the place of the native. As if to show the totalitarian character of colonial exploitation, the settler paints the native as a sort of quintessence of evil. Native society is not simply described as a society lacking in values. It is not enough for the colonist to affirm that those values have disappeared from, or still better never existed in, the colonial world. The native is declared insensible to ethics; he presents not only the absence of values, but also the negation of values. He is, let us dare to admit, the enemy of values, and in this sense he is the absolute evil."
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