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Frantz Fanon in Black Face White Masks focused on the oppression that happens in our population with white and black citizens. He focused on the Caribbean based culture that moved to France, like himself. Fanon had a strong opposition on how people are treated when getting forced into assimilation. Fanon argues that it is important to use psychoanalytic thought when trying to understand what the black experience is. Starting in childhood, black people developed an inferiority complex that is established in their economic oppression and in them the internalization of the idea that they are inferior. His emphasis is that the psychological component of oppression is crucial, and the liberation can only come about through the material reposition. The relationship between black and white people have created a psychological complex that Fanon is aiming to change through his analysis of the black experience. Fanon’s insistence that both white people and black people suffer because of the way they are trapped within in their racial identities, it shows that the idea of race itself is the problem along with the people within the race. An important element of Fanon’s research to the race theory is his understanding of the psychoanalytic framework to examine social injustice. We find in many ways that the people in our current and past societies try to assimilate themselves into a culture they don’t even want to belong in. They feel like they have less power without this group and to be in this group, which is about the white race, it gives you some sort of superiority when talking to people. Being white to many is a privilege and it is because of the fact that white people never have to deal with prejudice when in reality maybe if they would have we wouldn’t be the way they are today. Fanon talks about this when he discusses the alienation that black people feel when going into a “white man’s world”, he discusses the important aspects of racism and how these psychoanalytic thoughts help understand the black experience. Language provides entry into a culture, so when someone speaks they are essentially showing their culture. When black people would speak French, they are always reminded that they can never fully be french because they are black. They are told they do not have a civilized language of their own, unlike other European countries like Germany or Russia. Language is used to make Black people feel they are uncivilized and without history. One consequence of this is Black people have been told they are inferior, they then develop a inferiority complex and they have a want to become superior by becoming white. The black man has two dimensions like Fanon said, one with his friends and the other with the white man. A black man behaves differently with a white man and with another black man. The self division is a direct result of colonist subjugation. Speaking is one of the ways that a black man “imposes” and expresses his existence for the other. Speaking has many points that the black man carries to his own culture and personality. Even in black societies, the black man is divided with other black men into two different categories. Those who are black and then those who began to be white which were then labeled more civilized and more human. The black man has developed a mechanism that allows themselves to renounce his culture, in order to make up for the lack in his personality, the lack created by the inferiority complex that he has subconsciously developed, and as a result he has buried his own culture. “To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture. The Antilles Negro who wants to be white will be the whiter as he gains greater mastery of the cultural tool that language is. Rather, more than a year ago in Lyon, I remember, in a lecture I had drawn a parallel between Negro and European poetry, and a French acquaintance told me enthusiastically, ‘At bottom you are a white man.” The fact that I had been able to investigate so interesting a problem through the white man’s language gave me honorary citizenship” (Fanon, Frantz: 38). Fanon pointed out the potential for upward mobility in race and social class through the acquisition of the colonial language or language that bears more social capital.Fanon observes Black women when it comes to dating, and he found that a Black women may take a white lover in order to get access to a white culture that had more advantages and privilege. Black men can also be considered to white women as gatekeepers to their cultures, and marrying a white women provides a feeling of having married all the beauty, education, and wealth that whiteness stands for in racist societies. Fanon that real love requires freedom from the conflict in our unconscious. In Chapter two, the majority of the chapter Fanon discusesses Mayotte Capecia, who wrote a 202 pages of her life in which it has a very enthusiastic reception that greeted his book to analyze it. Mayotte loves a white man, who she gives her entire self too. He is love, her lord, she asks for nothing, demands nothing except of but of his whiteness in her life. She is determined to find a conclusion for herself on if her man was handsome or ugly she write “All I know is that he had blue eyes, blonde hair, and a light skin, and that I loved him.” “I loved him because he has blue eyes, blond hair, and a light skin.” Fanon considers ideas that associate whiteness with virtue and beauty, and blackness with the earth, the cosmos and the ID. He believes both white and black people are doomed to remain in battle with their own racial identities. Capecia’s unconditional love for her white man who she loves because of his whiteness does not change the fact that she is not white so she will never be fully accepted by white society. Women like Capecia were taught to believe that their race will be saved by becoming whiter. Fanon knows many females in France who swear they will never marry a black man, not because of them being black but because being white is better. In European societies the only cultural representations of black people are in ways that make them seem venereal. They are a symbol for the biological mechanism, which means they are primarily depicted as bodies rather than people with minds and feelings. This can also lead to over sexualization of black people, because blackness becomes associated with the biological fact of reproduction. European society is full of images of the virility and aggressiveness of Black men, from women white women are said to need protection when in reality if your going to pinpoint someone need protection from it would be white men and as well. Even women need protection from other women, you cannot pinpoint one specific race like Fanon says. Fanon used the examples of Jews, Jews are feared in the European society as a political threat whereas Blacks are feared as a biological threat. Black people are depicted as inferior and often are developed as having strong feelings of inferiority as well. He dismisses theories by other psychiatrists that would solve the neurosis of a Black man by asking him to adjust his expectations and face reality. Colonialism indirectly promoted behavior that is toxic, unhealthy, and irrational. Because of racism, black people feel the need to constantly try to prove themselves, in this world the feeling will never go away and it will always leave black people in an endless quest to meet a goal that is unachievable. We find that this colonization is much more than race and how it defines our country but it has changed the people around them as it grew. Colonization has taken the black race and exploited them for being different and nearly tortured to turn them right so that other people feel comfortable around them. Fanon gives the psychological background on how changing someone’s identity can really affect them as he is from the Caribbean and they are affected directly. We find that when people move into our territories we want them to assimilate to what our culture is, but when you pull people out of their does that really apply? Taking people into different countries and making them believe they are less than you are creates the idea of negative colonization because you are forcing something on someone who didn’t want it in the first place. There is a dominance of western culture, and its globalization through this dominance that has turned into universalism. This had begun to be practiced throughout the world when it doesn’t because it is not valid in our societies. Our world has taken people and turned them into things they are not and that is what Fanon was expressing, he was telling the story of people who are black but are being told how to be white. These different things that Fanon discussed all go hand in hand when understanding oppression and assimilation and the most important part was language. Language creates a barrier, makes you understand people better than others or it makes you completely oblivious to what others are saying. Language is the window into someones world and their culture, but to some because you are black, you will never have your own language.  

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