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Unformatted text preview: to appear nonviolently. Acceptable being is nonexistence,
nonappearance, or submergence… To change things is to appear, but to appear is to be violent since that
group's appearance is illegitimate. Violence, in this sense, need not be a physical imposition. It need not
be a consequence of guns and other weapons of destruction. It need simply be appearance. 20 For racialized
subjects, the very act of appearing, of making oneself known, is a violent act its ontological implications and for its inevitable
reception. That is, it constitutes a challenge to the prevailing structures of symbolic ontological violence —the
walls of exclusion which divide being from non-being—and as a result of this disruption, black
appearance historically appears as "violent" regardless of its content.21 And were it not perceived as such, for Fanon, then
its ontological shock-value might dissipate, undermining the external element of its function.And even when that content is nominally "violent," this often masks its
ontological function. It is no accident that the Fanon of Black Skin, White Masks had thought...
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