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Unformatted text preview: ng Violence" written in 1961, nearly a decade after Black Skin, White Masks, includes a recourse to violence against the colonizer; a violence that originates in the settler and is turned back on him in the name of reclaiming the humanity and subjectivity from which the native was alienated. Here, however, disalienation is described in a series of negative assertions: it is accomplished neither in the celebration of a black identity, nor in the attempt to be white, for both of these are projects defined within the framework of white colonialism. Fanon frames these assertions in the language of rights; rights that he does not have as a man of colour, such as the right to hope the white man will feel guilt; the right to destroy white pride, to claim reparations, or to "cry out his hatred at the white man" (BS The only right Fanon does claim is "that of demanding human behavior from the other" (BS 229). It is a profound statement about the bare bones of political community; the responsibil...
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