Nègres blancs d'Amérique

N gres blancs d Am rique White Niggers of America The Precocious Autobiography of a Quebec Terrorist is a work of non fiction literature written by Pierre Valli res a leader of the Front de lib ration du Qu bec It was transl

  • Title: Nègres blancs d'Amérique
  • Author: Pierre Vallières
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  • Page: 282
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  • White Niggers of America The Precocious Autobiography of a Quebec Terrorist is a work of non fiction literature written by Pierre Valli res, a leader of the Front de lib ration du Qu bec It was translated by Joan Pinkham from the original 1968 French language edition titled N gres blancs d Am rique, autobiographie pr coce d un terroriste qu b cois The translationWhite Niggers of America The Precocious Autobiography of a Quebec Terrorist is a work of non fiction literature written by Pierre Valli res, a leader of the Front de lib ration du Qu bec It was translated by Joan Pinkham from the original 1968 French language edition titled N gres blancs d Am rique, autobiographie pr coce d un terroriste qu b cois The translation was published by McClelland and Stewart in 1971 ISBN 0 7710 8670 9 The translated title uses the word nigger as an accurate translation of the equally offensive French word n gre.White Niggers of America chronicles the history of the French colonists of North America, first in the New France colonial empire, and then in British North America A book about exploitation, author Valli res compares to some extent the plight of these immigrants to that of blacks in the American South, arguing that both groups were forcibly imported to the New World and subsequently exploited by aristocrat capitalists.Valli res wrote the book while serving a four year prison sentence for manslaughter in the Manhattan House of Detention for Men in New York City He was later acquitted in a second trial in 1970.The book is a class analysis of French Canadian settlement and social, political, and economic life in Canada since arrival Valli res argues that French Canadians have been kept in a position of exploited workers by the English upper class entrepreneurs He draws parallels between the social and economic position of French Canadians and slaves in the United States, hoping to show that both cultural groups have been brought to the continent to serve as the lower, under, and working class for a common oppressor.Valli res attempts to use the term nigger not solely as a cultural or racial indicator, but as a concept encompassing social class and power In drawing these comparisons, he states that the liberation movements of Black people in America have provided inspiration for French Canadians While it is clear that Valli res has deliberately transformed a racial term into one of social indicator, he fails to demonstrate that the French in Canada are viewed by the English as inherently inferior based on their culture Rather, what is shown in the book is that French Canadians have historically occupied a particular social position as a result of political, economic, and military factors, not specifically racial ones.Valli res s book is rife with historical omissions and socio political misrepresentations He postulates that the French were imported to Canada for the deliberate purpose of economic exploitation, but makes no acknowledgement of French settlement and oppression of Aboriginal peoples in Canada In appropriating a racial term and attempting to apply it to another cultural group, not only does Valli res minimize the conditions of Black people in America, but he develops a misleading analogy to explain the conditions of French Canadians.The term nigger reflects a particular historical experience that one finds difficult and unconvincing to apply to French Canadians, following Valli res s logic Valli res attempts to provide a historical depiction of one group s oppression by evoking the history of Black populations brought to America, a comparison that is essentialist and insensitive.The book also serves as Valli res s call to arms for the exploited masses of French Canadians He describes the development of a class consciousness among French Canadians through which they become cognizant of their position as oppressed, and Valli res advocates for an armed uprising Valli res traces the development of his own intellectual and class consciousness, citing the policies and actions of Maurice Duplessis as contributing to his own social unrest He discusses the asbestos and Murdochville mine strikes as particular instances contributing to his own sense of awareness of the injustice in Quebec.

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    One thought on “Nègres blancs d'Amérique”

    1. An excellent look into a specific and pivotal period in Quebec history. The title does present a difficult mental hurdle.

    2. The quality of the writing is uneven (as the author concedes in the Foreword), but it's a very worthwhile read if you have any interest in the politics / history of Montréal, Québec, Canada, or North America in general. It shows a side of the FLQ that I didn't learn about in school, something very different from the bombs in mailboxes or bodies in the trunks of cars. On a spectrum ranging from sincerity on the one side and cautious language on the other, where peril awaits at both extremes, th [...]

    3. Sophomoric Marxists rantings and junk history endorsed by The Nation and the New York Times. The author - a white intellectual who describes himself as a proletarian despite having only worked in a bookstore - was convicted of manslaughter for revolutionary bombing deaths in Quebec. The racist title originates from the author's self righteous - and laughable - belief that he and his French-Canadian socialist comrades are as disadvantaged and oppressed as 1960's black folks. An embarrassingly awf [...]

    4. Pierre Vallières memoirs written in jail. Not much on his case except for some court material. I also would have expected more on Ideology.

    5. While the title of this book is offensive, it certainly is a thought-provoking look at French-Canada, as well as a fascinating piece of political history.

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