Today, we’re reading a selection from Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon. As you read, please consider the following questions:
- In the second paragraph of his book, Fanon describes code switching: “A black man behaves differently with a white man than he does with another black man” (1). Why is code switching a common practice? What historical factors led to this?
- Fanon claims that culturally, many believe that “the more the black Antillean assimilates the French language, the whiter he gets – i.e., the closer he comes to becoming a true human being” (2). What does this say about the privilege of certain Englishes? What are the consequences for rhetoric?
- What is a creole language? How is it different from an accent or dialect? Why is this important to understanding colonization?
- What can we learn from Fanon’s example of the priest on pages 14-16?