Fanon's 'Black Skins, White Masks'

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In his important work, Black Skins, White Masks, Fanon (1993) refers primarily to the white male colonizer and the black oppressed male. There is little analysis of neither the plight of the black woman in the society nor the impact of oppression on the white men and women who perpetuate it.


The catastrophe of slavery and subsequent racial discrimination perpetuates a disease with many victims with black women bearing the brunt of mass brutalization and terrorization.
The complexity of the relationship is as follows: Seeing the black woman soiled and ravaged by the white man, the black man in turn wants to sleep with white women not only for retribution but also for the desire to attain what he sees as the inferiority of the black woman. This in turn forces the black woman to adoring those who don't really much care for them, giving every last bit of themselves to men who come with nothing more than slight interest - the white man.
The history and circumstance that has soiled the Black woman's image continues to direct the Black man's mind away from that desperate sight toward that which he has longed to be recognized. Where does this low regard for black women by black men come from Most of black women have their fist job experience as 'dancers' which further decreases her desirability. Interest, respect and concern are halted at her loins. He finds it hard to connect with the Black woman, outside of sensation, since she serves as the symbol of his failure. By giving birth to him she represents the synthesis of his circumstance, the precious gift of life once cherished now become a curse, her womb a graveyard as life became death. ...
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