Summary of Chapter 3 of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks
For me, Fanon’s book remains a relevant companion to more recent work, such as those of black feminist writers like Angela Davis, bell hooks and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to name but a few who write in English across a very diverse body of literature. In fact, it would be interesting to see how, if still alive, an older Fanon would react to those who identify sexism, especially towards black women (e.g. Bergner 1995), and homophobic tones (e.g. Moore-Gilbert 1996) in his first book. Impossible hypotheses aside, Fanon’s book has remained relevant because it provokes people of colour and white people to confront the powerful ways in which structural racism affects minds, relationships and everyday politics in a world that remains extremely unequal and violent in terms of racial relations.
Until both groups can learn to be men, instead of black men or white men, racism will not and cannot be overcome.
Gwen Bergner, PMLA, Vol. 110, No. 1, Special Topic: Colonialism and the Postcolonial Condition (Jan., 1995), pp. 75-88
Bart Moore‐Gilbert (1996) Frantz Fanon: En‐gendering nationalist discourse, Women: A Cultural Review, 7:2, 125-135