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Black Skin, White Masks (1952)

by Frantz Fanon

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The explosion will not happen today. It is too soon ... or too late.First published in English in 1968, Frantz Fanon's seminal text was immediately acclaimed as a classic of black liberationalist writing. Fanon's descriptions of the feelings of inadequacy and dependence experienced by people of colour in a white world are as salient and as compelling as ever. Fanon identifies a devastating pathology at the heart of Western culture, a denial of difference, that persists to this day. His writings speak to all who continue the struggle for political and cultural liberation in our troubled times.… (more)
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    eromsted: Harlem Renaissance era novel. Somehow I kept thinking of Fanon when I read it.
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Fanon flayed me. His rich and concise prose, arguments, have considerable breadth for such a slim volume. His points about the culpability of all in a society for the atrocities those in power inflict, is moving, damning, and necessary.

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Returning to Black Skin, White Masks during 2020 only underscored my earlier points. I appreciated Fanon's rhetorical experimentation more this go around, his attempt (as writing is always an attempt) at rendering the phenomenological experience as a Black man in text was confounding and provocative.
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Black Skin, White Masks is a 1952 book by Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist and intellectual from Martinique. A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.
  soualibra | Jan 9, 2020 |
在非洲,可以輕易地在膚色上,去判斷出統治階層與被統治階層,是兩種不同的族群(或種族)。但若是統治階層​與被統治階層,無論是膚色、外貌,甚至生活習慣,都相當類似的時候呢?我們會說這不是殖民主義?或者會說,​
  maoozilla | Apr 2, 2019 |
this book is a wound. it is a seminal text in (to borrow from berger) ways of seeing--and, along with audre lorde's sister outsider, it taught me about the uses of anger. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
Not sure why I originally gave this four stars. Was reading parts of it the other day and it deserves all of the stars, obviously. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
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