Jummy Ha

After reading this book, or collection of essay-like chapters, the part that I am interested in most are two topics.First the use of pidgin language toward the ‘other’—the inferior blacks, and second, the mulatto. The idea of making language simpler and blunt not only creates the inferiority complex’, it also suggests emphasizes that black society is primal, with simpler animalistic morals. Fanon talks about a priests remark of pidgin language and how “knowing how to talk to them, [is] the key” (Fanon 4). the degraded language suggests even childlike qualities. I also couldn’t help being reminded of the masks of white men professor Hendricks was talking about in her lecture. Her term of white neurosis, and while black men are slaves to their inferiority, so are white men to their superiority. It makes me question why an individual of black skin, would leave its fellow brethren to join the white men to the point where the ‘motherland’ becomes foreign. I also want to raise the term mulatto, because I think it would explore to idea of masks  even further, especially in chapters 2 and 3 of the book. lastly I want to know if like other situations of being made inferior I.e the Nazis and Jews, if black, no matter the shade will always be made to wear a white mask as long as it appears darker. To what extent and when will they stop being seen as inferior.

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