Boomerang effect

And then one fine day the bourgeoisie is awakened by a terrific boomerang effect: the gestapos are busy, the prisons fill up, the torturers standing around the racks invent, refine, discuss. People are surprised, they become indignant.

They say: “How strange! But never mind-it’s Nazism, it will pass! And they wait, and they hope; and they hide the truth from themselves, that it is barbarism, the supreme barbarism, the crowning barbarism that sums up all the daily barbarisms; that it is Nazism, yes, but that before they were its victims, they were its accomplices; that they tolerated that Nazism before it was inflicted on them

– Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism, on the ‘boomerang effect’ [Choc en Retour] of colonialism

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