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Unformatted text preview: t;Say thank you to the nice man," the mother tells her little boy… but we know that often the little boy is dying to scream
some other, more resounding expression…. The white man, in the capacity of master, said to the Negro, "From now on you are free." But the Negro knows nothing of
the cost of freedom, for he has not fought for it… The former slave needs a challenge to his humanity, he wants a conflict, a riot. But it is too late. 9Since there has been turning
away from the master and finding liberation in the object. Instead, lack of reciprocity leads the slave—in a
gesture of internalized self-hatred—to turn toward the master and abandon the object, but this effort at mutual recognition remains unrequited, as
the master desires from the slave only work.10 We can already anticipate here the broad strokes of Fanon's theory of violence: for the racialized subject, selfconsciousness as human requires symbolic violence, it requires the assertion of reciprocity within a
historical situation marked by the denial of such reciprocity, and if necessary, the provocation of conflict through the assertion of
alterity.11 Only then will the slave be freed from thi...
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