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& Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms, Pg 5-6) GG It is customary for a book like this to end with a prescriptive gesture, at least the germ of a new beginning if not a
new world, a seed to be nurtured and cultivated by Lenin’s question, What is to be done? Even when such seeds
were not sown throughout the book, an author might be tempted to harvest a yield, however meager , in the
conclusion. Not only have such seeds not been sown in this book, but I have argued that anti-Blackness is the
genome of this horticultural template for Human renewal. Given the structural violence that it takes to produce
and reproduce a Slave—violence as the structure of Black life, as opposed to violence as one of many lived Black
experiences—a concluding consideration of the question, What is to be done? would ring hollow. Fanon came
closest to the only image of sowing and harvesting that befits this book. Quoting Cesaire, he urged his readers to
start “the end of the world,” the “only thing… worth the effort of starting” (Black Skin, White Masks 96), a shift
from horticulture to pyrotechnics. Rather than mime the restoration and/or reorganization dreams which
conclusions often fall prey to, however unwittingly, Fanon dreams of an undoing, however implausible, for its own
sake. Still, there are moments when Fanon finds his o...
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