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Unformatted text preview: as threatening the economic system, and such tendencies provoke strong emotional and
psychic investment, easily translating into (over)confidence in beliefs. Language Bodies and Language
Fanon argues that consciousness of the black body, the recognition of who they are, is
based on negative activities like derogatory language.
Sexton, Director, African American Studies School of Humanities, 2003 (Jared, “The Consequence of Race
Mixture: Raed Barriers and the Politics of Desire”, Social Identities, Volume 9, Number 2,
2003,Accessed 8-4-12, MR)
In Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon makes two very interesting statements about the construction of raed
categories and the phenomenology of those bodies supposed to be representative. He says first, in the
white world, the man of colour [sic] encounters difficulties in the development of his bodily schema.
Consciousness of the body is solely a negating activity. (Fanon, 1967, p. 110) This argument from the essay ‘The Fact of Blackness’ is
well known by now. Many read this observation of Fanon’s (reductively I think) as a lament about the deprivations of
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