Journal Article — On Psycho-Sexual Racism & Pan-African Revolt: Fanon & Chester Himes — by Greg Thomas
This article underscores the almost uncanny textual connections that can be plotted in the work of Frantz Fanon and Chester Himes, across differences in time, location, genre, etc. A writer of fiction, Himes was generally preoccupied with psyches, riots and revolutions in his representation of the Black condition often symbolized geopolitically by Harlem. A psychiatrist and practicing revolutionary, Fanon would often invoke Himes in his own thinking, writing and teaching, which would advance the Algerian Revolution as an African Revolution in due course. If the violences of racism and colonialism as well as anti-racism and anti-colonialism are a central concern of these two figures of Black radical tradition, I argue that the specifically psychosexual aspects of Western empire are confronted, theorized and countered by them in a parallel discourse of Black liberation that is absolutely a discourse of human liberation in the corpora or oeuvres of Frantz Fanon and Chester Himes.
Thomas, Greg. 2007. “On Psycho-Sexual Racism & Pan-African Revolt: Fanon & Chester Himes.” Pp. 219-230 in Reflections on Fanon: The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global—Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume V, Special Issue, 2007.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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