Week 10 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.): The Fact of Blackness; Fanon

Fanon, at least in this excerpt, is an excellent communicator.  He calls into question the very essence of what skin color has become in our cultural makeup.  We immediately carry with us presuppositions, stereotypes, ignorance, and shall I say bigotry, when we see others with different physical characteristics, particularly around skin.  We also suppress or oppress those with different ideas or beliefs, but when those “others” are white, they are “safe” until “found out”.  The body in colonialism, as we’ve talked about, becomes defined in terms of race to promulgate and propel the superiority of those in power.

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~ by Brian Shope on November 27, 2007.

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