The other aspect of Cesaire's first task focuses on the coloniser, specifically on how colonisation made the coloniser barbaric and brutal.
Instead, the book is about colonialism, its economic and psychosocial legacy, and the destruction of a country by the growing commodification of life, expressed in part through corruption but also through growing social hierarchies, the desire to be like the coloniser, and the impotence of a coup d'etat focused in curing the system by purging it of personalities instead of the structural determinants of the social, moral, political, and economic decay of the country.
First, in the desire to worship European and modern commodities such as cars, washing machines, and other electronic gadgets; the urge to consume and act as the coloniser by drinking bottled drinks; the broadcast of messages about buying and selling--all this while trying to appear 'African' through dress, but also empty in talk about Africanism.
Throughout the book, we learn how the coloniser segregated Sekondi-Takoradi as a city, reserving the best and flourishing part to the Whites with the Bungalow culture pitched on the hills of the city where there was an abundance and even waste in terms of fruits that hanged but never touched by Black people who had to make do with unripened fruits in a culture of 'servants', 'security guards', and racism/hierarchies.
Just to set the record straight, when finally the colonisers left, this share in world's trade had come down to less than 2 per cent.
It is actually our inferiority complex instilled in us by our colonisers that anachronistically makes us think of Oxford and Cambridge as institutions which were disseminating scientific and technical knowledge in 17th century.
The decolonisation of our methodologies will require a lot more than commitment from coloniser researchers.
These competing reactions have to do with the fact that my academic training in mainstream psychology is more similar to Duckitt's but more importantly, since reading Decolonizing Methodologies, I have not been able to avoid seeing myself as a member of the category colonisers.