ERIC Number: EJ1089526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
White Skin, Black Friend: A Fanonian Application to Theorize Racial Fetish in Teacher Education
Matias, Cheryl E.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v48 n3 p221-236 2016
In "Black Skin, white masks" (1967, Grove Press), Franz Fanon uses a psychoanalytic framework to theorize the inferiority-dependency complex of Black men in response to the colonial racism of white men. Applying his framework in reverse, this theoretical article psychoanalyzes the white psyche and emotionality with respect to the racialization process of whites and their racial attachment to Blackness. Positing that such a process is interconnected with narcissism, humanistic emptiness, and psychosis, this article presents how "racial attachment" becomes "racial fetish." Such a fetish reifies whiteness by accumulating fictive kinships with friends of color; hence, the common parlance of "But I have a Black friend!" The article, then, overlays this theoretical interpretation onto the subject of teacher education in the US, specifically urban teacher education programs that are predominantly comprised of white middle-class females who claim a desire to "save" urban students of color. Ending with the dangers and hopes of a more humanistic friendship, this article offers emotional ways one can self-actualize the racialization process.
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Guidelines, Whites, Males, African Americans, Racial Bias, Racial Attitudes, Personality Problems, Humanism, Psychosis, Attachment Behavior, Minority Groups, Friendship, Urban Schools, Middle Class, Females, Teacher Education Programs, Self Actualization, Teacher Student Relationship
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