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Unformatted text preview: or the colored] are zoological terms. He speaks of the yellow man’s reptilian motions, of the stink of the native quarter, of breeding
swarms, of foulness, of spawn, of gesticulations. When the settler seeks to describe the native fully in exact terms he constantly refers to the bestiary. (Fanon
1968, p. 42) Critical White Studies and the Riddle(s) of Critical Race Theory Du Bois’s critique of white supremacy also hits head-on the issue of white
personhood and black (or people of color) subpersonhood. He asserted: “They [the colored and colonized] are not simply dark white men. They are not ‘men’ in the sense that Europeans are
men.” Whiteness and maleness are prerequisites for personhood in the world that modernity made. A person, in this world, is one who is rational, self-directing and morally and legally equal
with a white male. Since white males created the laws of this world, none but white males are equal and given moral, legal
and extralegal consideration. Therefore, as the Dred Scott decision demonstrates, “a black man has no rights which
a white man is legally bou...
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