Silence is death. If you speak, you die. If you are silent, you die. So speak, and die.
To speak means, above all, to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.
These words were written by the French-Algerian theorist, philosopher, psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), who would be turning 87 today.
In his outstanding book Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon describes through a post-colonial lens the experiences of the black male in a state of exile or displacement. He also analyzes the complex relationship between language and identity, revealing that words are signs that express the complex underpinnings of a culture.