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Drawing on a range of approaches addressed in the module and in particular the writings of Fanon discuss issues of difference and identity as articulated in either Palcys Rue Cases Ngres or Pontecorvos Battle of Algiers It was hate I was hated despised detested not by the neighbor across the street or my cousin on my mothers side but by an entire race I was up against something unreasoned Fanon 1986 118 Whilst looking at issues of difference identity authenticity and language I will turn to Frantz Fanons critical work Black skin White Masks BSWM and Eugene Palcys movie Rue Cases Ngres to try and explain the effects of racism and colonization reflected in the black subjects consciousness Frantz Fanon an outstanding contributor to post-colonial studies observes and criticizes the mistreatment of black people in Martinique and Algeria countries ruled at that time by French colonizers BSWM represents Fanons personal experience of a young black child educated to think like a white person in a white world Following his encounters with French racism Fanon felt the need to resist In Black Skin White Masks Fanon defines the colonial relationship as the psychological non-recognition of the subjectivity of the colonized He explores the class collision and questions of cultural hegemony in the creation and maintenance of a new countrys national consciousness He examines race prejudices as a philosopher and psychologist however he acknowledges economic and social realities He turns to the dominant white culture and argues that even though the colonized are usually more numerous than the dominant the latter create the inferiority of the natives He sustains that the white races stability depends on its binary opposition the black race and that both were born during colonization For not only must the black man be black he must be black in relation to the white man Fanon 1986 110 Here Fanon wants the reader to grasp the idea that neither the
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