“What white people have to do is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a “nigger” in the first place, because I’m not a nigger, I’m a man. But if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need him. The question that you’ve got to ask yourself, the white population of this country has got to ask itself… If I’m not the nigger here and you invented him, you the white people invented him, then you’ve got to find out why. And the future of the country depends on that, whether or not it is able to ask that question.”
I am more with Senghor and his First Festival of Negro arts in Senegal a long time ago. To assume that all men and women are equal is healthy as long as it does not imply identical. We have to be equal within and with our differences, including skin color, language, education, history. ETC. If you reduce Black identity to “nigger” then you do not see that Black is Beautiful. White too, as two books used to say in the 1960s. It may then become what Fanon rejected: “Peau noire, Masque blanc” or a white mask on a black skin, which becomes invisible as Ralph Ellison used to say.