Black Skin, White Masks
Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers.
A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness m
The first lines are just stunning.
"The explosion will not happen today. It is too soon... or too late.
I did not come with timeles...more
For one, Fanon is deeply misogynist and homophobic. He writes that it is in refusing to acknowledge the black man that the white man strips him of his subjectivity, and yet he writes nary a word about the black woman. The greatest irony of the book is that the chapter entitled "The Woman of Color and the White Man" is really a chapter about how black men perceive black women, and it...more
On summary comparison, it's hard to overstate how bloodless and jilted the 2008 (Richard Philcox)translation seems next to to the 1967 Charles Lam Markmann. I don't speak French. However, I do read English. If Markmann's version is only so beautiful and compelling because he's taken liberties, I might be able to live with that. The worse accusation might be aimed at Philcox: has he made Fanon more staid and classical in attempts to make him feel more canonical? Isn't that kind of like...more
It's written elegantly and it's...more
But again as an individual, as an intellectual, and as a Christian there are principles that have come to define the philosophy I live by. Indicated by three simple ma...more
This alienation strikes in an essential sense--it stems from the denial of the black man's very flesh: "The black man is attack...more
But, my late readings of books or articles that use either psychological or psychoanalytical theories have proof me wrong. It is time to let those images go. No prior judgment. Psychosis is eve...more
Surprisingly I read Black Skin White Masks in two days. I had heard that this was a difficult book to read and understand but I did not have any trouble with it. Mr. Fanon did use plenty of medical terminologies how...more
Not easy, but irresistible. In fact, some parts of it are very difficult to understand because they require a certain amount of understanding of psychoanalysis. The book is merely 200 pages but it took me a handsome 7 hours because there were some lines I had to read up to 5 times to finally grasp. Some parts are very random with a combination of excerpts from many different authors and don't follow a clear structure, which makes it a bit hard to follow. Some chapters feel like prose,...more
Fanon's exegesis of the impact of colonialism on colonized peoples, and the psychological displacement and cultural violence that arises from such interactions, is compelling and exact. Although his interpretations largely stem from a fairly...more
Fanon presents an interesting view from the colonized, and it exposes and criticizes racism prevalent in the West. Ironically, however, the book itself is promoting racist and sexist views. Fanon says, "The Japanese and the Chinese are ten times more prolific than the black population." (178...more
So I just read the introduction and the first chapter today. The first chapter is about language and race. One of the points Fanon makes is about white who insist on speaking to blacks in Creole and the anger this provokes. I had to note that on the front cover of the book was a sticker from the oakland library that s...more
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presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”