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Unformatted text preview: become one of civil society's many junior partners: Black citizenship, or Black civic
obligation, are oxymorons. Addressing Anti-Blackness outweighs – scandalizes ethicality and sets the stage for all violnece
Wilderson, award-winning author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. He is one of two
Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress and is a former insurgent in the ANC’s armed
wing, 2003 (Frank B. III “Chapter One: The Ruse of Analogy” Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure
of U.S. Antagonisms,) GG
Two tensions are at work here. One operates under the labor of ethical dilemmas-- “simple enough one has
only not to be a nigger.” This, I submit, is the essence of being for the White and non-Black position:
ontology scaled down to a global common denominator. The other tension is found in the impossibility of
ethical dilemmas for the Black: “I am,” Fanon writes, “a slave not of an idea others have of me but of my
own appearance.” Being can thus be thought of, in the first ontological instance, as non-niggerness; and
slavery then as niggerness. The visual field, “my own appearance,” is the...
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