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Black Skin, White Masks Quotes

13 of the best book quotes from Black Skin, White Masks
  1. #1
    “It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
  2. #2
    “Mastery of language affords remarkable power.”
  3. #3
    “I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos -- and the white man, however intelligent he may be, is incapable of understanding Louis Armstrong or songs from the Congo. ”
  4. #4
    “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted.”
  5. #5
    “Negrophobes exist. It is not hatred of the Negro, however, that motivates them; they lack the courage for that, or they have lost it. Hate is not inborn; it has to be constantly cultivated, to be brought into being, in conflict with more or less recognized guilt complexes. ”
  6. #6
    “The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.”
  1. #7
    “O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”
  2. #8
    “When people like me, they like me “in spite of my color.” When they dislike me; they point out that it isn’t because of my color. Either way, I am locked in to the infernal circle.”
  3. #9
    “A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language.”
  4. #10
    “To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”
  5. #11
    “...There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.”
  6. #12
    “In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”
  7. #13
    ″ I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.”

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