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Trauma Found in Race

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For countless amounts of people, color is the most outward manifestation of race. Race has played an important role historically in shaping identity due to America’s slavery past. Slavery holds a traumatic past which is shown in the legacy left by Harriet Jacobs, in her slave narrative called “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”. In this novel, there are many examples in which race can be seen as a “traumatic experience” in both physical and psychological factors. In Frantz Fanon’s story of “Black Skin White Masks” he speaks about his various experiences living as an educated black man who is highly qualified, but still receives poor treatment from the white people. Similarly, Malcolm X was a highly educated black man but still received poor treatment due to his race. Malcolm X and Frantz Fanon and Harriet Jacobs perceive race as something that inflicts trauma on to the black body regardless of the temperament of being civil.

African history has been suppressed which has resulted in the distress and victimisation of colored people. In Frantz Fanon’s essay “Black Skin White Masks”, he speaks about the ideology of “race” as being traumatic. Fanon was also a persistent critique of “whiteness”. That being said, in his this essay he also critiques the fact that he wants to be seen as a gentleman, however in the Caucasian world in which he lives his skin colour turn out to be everything. His race is more significant than his education, accomplishments and even successes. Fanon believes that white people are irrational due to the fact that they simply hated him for no reason.
He is not seen as Dr. Fanon but as a black man who is a doctor, “I was walled in: neither my refined manners nor my literary knowledge nor my understanding of ...

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...t using the police forces to abuse to African American freely. Harriot Jacob endures horrible trauma due to her skin complexion, and the fact that she is a slave. Mutually, Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon and Harriot Jacob endured psychological as well as physical trauma due to the fact that they are all African American individuals.

Works Cited

Gates, Henry Louis. "Life of a Slave Girl Seven Years Concealed." The Classic Slave Narratives. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Penguin, 1987. 413-614. Print.
Fanon, Frantz. "The Fact of Blackness." Black Skin, White Masks. New York: Grove, 1967. 21-37. Print.
Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. "The Ballot or the Bullet." The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton &, 1996. 159-64. Print.
Ali, Noaman. "Malcolm X - Speeches the Black Revolution." Malcolm X. N.p., Mar.-Apr. 2000. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
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