Monday, January 21, 2013

There’s Beauty in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

That's the title of a note I've been wanting to write for a while and which is now hosted at The Actuary.

Kamau Brathwaite's Middle Passages


I love what Kamau Brathwaite does in Middle Passages vis a vis confronting the horror of colonialism and in particular the treatment of Africans and blacks during that era. The world which he creates is an echo of the dreams our ancestors wished for us. He reminds us that we are here today because there were people before us who refused to die, and lived to have children who lived long enough to do the same. Brathwaite chooses to see the history of slavery and the sell of human flesh not as a history of oppression but rather as one in which he views the genetic inheritance of those that out-lived their oppressors as a triumph worth celebrating or/and as a pedagogy of resiliency and resistance.


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