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or shortcomings - is a state of emergency. For Fanon, civil society is predicated on the Manicheasm of
divided zones, opposed to each other "but not in service of a higher unity" (Fanon, 1968: 38-39). This is the
basis of his later assertion that the two zones produce two different "species," between which "no
conciliation is possible" (Ibid.). The phrase "not in service of a higher unity" dismisses any kind of
dialectical optimism for a future synthesis. In "The Avant-Garde of White Supremacy," Martinot and
Sexton assert the primacy of Fanon's Manichean zones (without the promise of higher unity), even in the
face of American integration facticity. Fanon's specific colonial context does not share Martinot and
Sexton's historical or national context. Common to both texts, however, is the settler/native dynamic, the
differential zoning, and the gratuity (as opposed to the contingency) of violence that accrues to the blackened
position. The dichotomy between white ethics [the discourse of civil society] and its irrelevance to the
violence of police profiling is not dialectical;...
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