​Black Skin, White Masks

Don G wearing a dark hollow mask
Don G with his dark hollow mask

by: Fantz Fanon

No, I think you misunderstood. He should do much more than just speak out. The system that he compares himself to is all in his mind. Globally we see the system of dark is ugly and light is beautiful in nearly every culture but this is completely untrue. What I’m saying is that the black man should not even use the white man as a barometer to compare himself to. The black man has no competition but himself.

Photo of Franz Fanon
Photo of Franz Fanon

As black men we are taught that the whiter we become the higher our status in society rises. As fools we assume that with education, power, and wealth we will one day obtain a white enough status to be seen as equals to the white man. The reality is that we will never obtain white status. We will never be white. A black man with a white suit and a nice car appears wealthy to another black man but to the poorest of white men he is only a Nigger in a coupe and will always be that. Even a black man in the position of the highest office in the land will never have the respect of most white men.

The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon

The white man does not compete to become more black. He does not even think to. The white man wants to not be eliminated from the gene pool. He succeeds by using economic tools, governmental powers, media manipulation and violence when needed to ensure his place in society.

We as black men must go beyond rising up to a status and remove the idea of trying to be equal. It goes beyond speaking out. Why do we need to ask for something we already own naturally. We have remade our identity and we have created our own culture. We dont need the approval of white men to have an identity.

We must be at peace with who we are. The white man can no longer sit at the summit of our minds as the mental gatekeeper to identity freedom. We have to create a mental framework where his influence doesn’t even exist in the first place.