"To speak means, above all, to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization."
These words were written by the French-Algerian theorist, philosopher, psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), who would be turning 87 today.
In his outstanding book Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon describes through a post-colonial lens the experiences of the black male in a state of exile or displacement. He also analyzes the complex relationship between language and identity, revealing that words are signs that express the complex underpinnings of a culture.
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