Martin Lichtmesz, one of Germany’s best political essayists (whose essays I haven’t translated until now, as his German is so brilliant that you would have to be Shakespeare to translate it in adequate English), has published a new book: „Die Verteidigung des Eigenen“, dealing with the ideology behind Germany’s self-destruction.
I want to give at least a short quotation from it: Having dealt with Frantz Fanon’s criticism of colonization and colonialism, in which the author’s the reference to his own nègrerie („negroness“), i.e. his awareness of racial identity and its importance for freedom and self-determination plays a major role, Martin draws a parallel to the German situation, to the arrogant attitude of the West and the self-denying masochism of many Germans:
Of course, the German was, since 1945, something like the Negro of Europe, who had to be weaned from his barbarism, to incorporate him into the community of civilized nations, a task which the carriers of the „burden of liberalism“ had borne heroically, as was (and is) their job. We thank them today in Washington and Moscow for the fact that they have slain the dragon, who we once were ourselves. But the forcibly (by Versailles and Dresden) democratized Germans cannot be trusted, for you never know whether, under the cosmopolitan mask, there is still the old black jungle negroe, now simply called a Nazi, who – like once the just seemingly romanized Arminius – is just waiting for the opportunity to pull out his ax again. This provides the practical pretext to keep the nose ring always at hand. The historical consciousness of the Germans is deliberately grouped around their Negro past. The intention is not so much to make them cease to be Negroes and never return to their negroness, but rather to remind them that, due to their latent negroness, they need permanent educational supervision.