Submitted by Rachel Brickman Atkinson on Wednesday, 10/12/2011, at 10:43 AM

According to Cesaire, in order to sculpt a Caribbean culture all their own, the colonized people, once free, must erase all remnants of the French colonizers from their lives. He feels that any remaining aspect of the oppressors will act as a foundation upon which a supposedly ‘new’ culture will form. Although the annihilation of all life from an erupted volcano can be extreme, the lush regeneration is undeniably worth the damage. Had Cesaire and John Locke ever crossed paths, they would undoubtedly find a commonality in their adoration for the idea of tabula rasa.