Yellow Skin, White Gold
Danielle Wu

In a chapter entitled "The Fact of Blackness" in Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon gives us a primal moment of racial formation, of self-consciousness achieved through third-person consciousness, a dizzying moment of identification and projection, the merging of recognition and misrecognition: "'Look, a Negro!'" This moment of "crushing objecthood" sutures the black subject into what Fanon famously calls the "racial epidermal schema" and has become, for many of us, a paradigmatic instance of racial embodiment.