Anthropology Insights into Racism

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Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures, a search for what it means to be human throughout the years. Its history and racism is irrevocably intertwined. Temple Grandin, a self proclaimed “anthropologist on Mars,” gives insight into the world of racism as perceived by Franz Fanon and Eric Lott through her ideologies in anthropology. Temple Grandin is known for using insights gained from her autism to transform the way livestock has been treated. Grandin earned multiple degrees and defied expectations, gaining academic success. In Animals in Translation, Grandin explains the ways her autism aids in her understanding animals, and ultimately humans at large. Her understanding offers us an alternative lens to view the world, which can be applied to better understand the humans and societies that inhabit it. In 1952, psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote Black Skin, White Masks . He explored the feelings of craving and insufficiency that black people faced in a White world. An inferiority complex arose within the black community as they lost their cultural origin and embraced the culture of the Mother Country (Fanon 1967:12) . Consequently, they began to imitate the culture of the colonizer. Fanon discusses the use of the respectable Pure French and the simpler Creole dialect. By speaking Pure French Fanon saw it
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  • Spring '05
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  • White people, Minstrel show, Grandin

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