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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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Feb 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

This is part of the wonders of getting to be a vicarious student while my love actually does the classwork and writes the papers: I read things that I should have read 15 years ago.

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 says: "Rep Da Bay - Return this book". It is written in gray and black Oakland Raider script. Couldn't help but notice the irony of the message: if you are black and you are reading this revolutionary text, you probably will steal this book. Too much...

Next chapter: White Women and Black Men. I can't wait. Personal interest aside, this book was first published in 1951, which, I believe was the year of President Obama's birth year. From the tone of the book thus far, I'm thinking that Fanon would not have guessed that the son of a white American woman and an black African man who was going to become president was being conceived as he wrote. More when I actually read the chapter...

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