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By imagining retribution spoken by the enslaved but performed by the Most High, poets could endorse the punishment of enslavers but retain moral righteousness and avoid being accused of stoking the fires of slave revolt.
The explanations were used to obfuscate the reality of choice on the part of white enslavers. If Black people have been cursed or if they suffer from "Negro diseases," are biologically inferior, bestial, etc., then how white people treat them is "justified" by a mythical discourse that provides, as it were, a transcendent or objective or natural reason to treat them as ersatz.
These biological policies are just contemporary incarnations of centuries-old practices honed by enslavers. Therefore, if enslaver practices offer contemporary scholars with an archetypical prefiguration of biopower, a (neo)liberal technology par excellence, then reconceptualizing American neoliberalism as a current manifestation of anteliberalism could open new inroads for interrogating the infuriatingly resilient southern myth.
She underscores the crass dehumanization of Africans throughout the diaspora in her quiet listing of the enslavers' descriptions of their human cargo.
When enslaved bodies were not being violently coerced, they were being violently displaced and even violently conjoined to each other and to the bodies of white enslavers in the interest of economic, sexual, and social increase.
Near the capital are historical sites such as The Point of No Return and Tree of Forgetting, around which slaves were forced to march in the belief that doing so would cause them to forget and therefore not haunt their enslavers. Just up the road, the town of Ouidah offers a no less engrossing look at the roots and vitality of voodoo, practiced here before anywhere else.
Money now owns our federal government, and we the people are reduced to the status of property, subject to our enslavers' property rights.
Cagli's drawings evoke a lateral justice, however horrible the recognition, in "La Preface" (in the beginning, it is always the beginning) conjoining the unwritten bodies of those who built the pyramids, the nameless slaves who died building an eternal monument where their enslavers would lie in state forever, to the mass bodies of the DP's found in the abandoned concentration camp.
My one very minor worry is that, ironically enough, for someone whose central argument makes a lovely point in favor of Kantian nonintellectualism, Rayman also seems to have uncritically absorbed the standard intellectualist reading of Kant's conception of the relationship between reason and the affects, according to which desires, emotions, feelings, and passions are essentially enslavers of human reason, hence inimical to human reason, and not either essential to or even compatible with our reason and its basic aims.
Nonetheless, both express the collective desire of enslaved Africans for liberation and acts of collective forgiveness for their enslavers. Forgiveness is projected as the way forward for the reconstruction of national unities born of reconciliation not revenge or separation.
In this epic fantasy adventure, Robert Stanek tells the story of the Hundred Worlds and its peoples through the eyes of the enslaved and the enslavers, weaving a tale that's likely to be unlike any you've read recently.