Summary Of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks

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Written by Frantz Fanon, “Black Skin, White Masks” documents his observations of the colored race living in a white world, specifically racism and how it is internalized by its victims. The author emphasizes the adoption of the white man’s language as an indication of a split from one’s own culture to adapt into the white culture. He also presents chapters examining the relationships of a woman of color and a white man as well as a man of color and a white woman. Fanon further dedicates a section detailing the inferiority of the colored man and the superiority of the white man. Based on his collection of research, observations, and opinions, I believe he was able to convey his topic of study powerfully. The author’s intention for this book is to provide a “study of the black psyche in a white world.” He highlights the idea that speaking a language opens a gateway to its world and culture (Fanon 21). I agree with this in that it is typical to gain a better interest, whether intentional or not, in another culture by way of first learning how to speak its language. As an individual studies a language, there is an eventual development in the understanding of the culture from which it derives. For example, when Guam was colonized by the Americans, the Chamorros were forced to learn English “as the primary means to Americanize” them (Lujan). With this requirement to adopt the English language, the Chamorros consequently espoused the American culture at the expense of their own
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