Racism and Intention

As always, Fanon puts it best:

To speak pidgin to a Negro makes him angry, because he himself is a pidgin-nigger-talker. But I will be told, there is no wish, no intention to anger him. I grant this; but it is just this absence of wish, this lack of interest, this indifference, this automatic manner of classifying him, imprisoning him, primitivizing him, decivilizing him, that makes him angry. (Black Skin, White Masks 32)

2 thoughts on “Racism and Intention

  1. hmmm
    me thinks of some Americans who have this very bizare idea of Africa and alter their way of relating to me because I’m african. Almost a way of stepping down from who they really are to interact with me as they have constructed me in their mind.

    Conversations shifts to how important family and community values are and how horrible it is that capitalims thrives in the U.S. Because as an African i’m supposed to have these primal urges to gather in community and share all I have (if anything) with others……

    Not that i’m not community minded or selfish, but there is a lot more to me……

  2. Fanon did put it best. People tend to code-switch, or change the way they talk. I get it all the time, a white person sees another white employee and says hi, how are you doing, then sees me and says yo waddup dog?

    It’s patronizing. Even though they may not think so..

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