The C.O.W.S. Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth Part 3

Friday, August 11th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy hosts the third study session on Frantz Fanon’s 1961 landmark book, The Wretched of the Earth. Born in Martinique in 1925, Fanon became globally recognized psychiatrist and committed his 36 years of life to ending White rule. He fought for Algerian independence from French colonial oppression and black liberation world wide. Fanon also authored Black Skin, White Mask, which is a psychoanalysis of the perversions and neurosis of sexual activity between Whites and black people. Interestingly, Fanon himself was married to a White woman. The writer and psychiatrist died from leukemia the same year The Wretched of the Earth was published. Last week’s session detailed how colonized people remain stressed and tense as a result of White domination. Fanon writes that for the native, “the electrode [remains] at his genitals,” meaning that he is constantly subjected to lethal, sexually exploitative violence. Fanon described how employing counter-violence against Whites helped bring about justice and the humanity of black people.

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