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Unformatted text preview: nation, about the pain of being structurally denied access to the idealised images of oneself
enjoyed by whites, the pain of having to identify instead with images of monstrosity, incompleteness and,
indeed, lack. Certainly, there are passages in Fanon’s text that would seem to support such a reading. For example,
his description of the violence he experiences when looked at by a young white boy who utters those
infamous words, ‘Look, a Negro!’ The language of castration and amputation, fading, fragmentation, and
dissolution is rich: The corporeal schema crumbled, its place taken by a racial epidermal schema… I was given not one but two, three places…I existed
triply: I occupied space. I moved toward the other…and the evanescent other, hostile but not opaque, transparent, not there, disappeared. Nausea… What else could it be
for me but an amputation, an excision, a hemorrhage that spattered my whole body with black blood? [ …] My body was given back to me
sprawled out, distorted, re-coloured, clad in mourning in that white winter...
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