Sartre, Bad Faith and Authentic Decolonial Interventions

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  • 1 Lecturer, Department of Communication Science, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA)
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This article explores the concept of bad faith as conceptualized by Sartre within the context of the existential lived experiences of those Fanon (1965) refers to as the condemned, the racialized, and the dehumanized subjects of the world. I explore the logic of authenticity as a liberatory intervention in relation to decolonial interventions and anti-racist movements such as Black Lives Matter in the USA and across the globe and recently, the #EndSars movement in Nigeria. I will therefore argue that the repudiation of the entrenched universal logic of Euro-American modernity requires one to be authentic in their praxis in order to escape bad faith.

Contributor Notes

Leshaba Lechaba is currently a lecturer in the Department of Communication Science, College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he teaches Media Studies, Intercultural Development, and Health Communication. He holds an MA in Communication from the same university. He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in African Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa.