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Monday, May 28, 2012

WHITHER THE BLACK BODY?


"Africa has to review the roots of the current imbalance of power: it started in the colonisation of the body. Africa has to reclaim the black body with all its blackness as the starting point in our plunge into and negotiations with the world. We have to rediscover and reclaim the sense of the sacred in the black body. At the Seventh Pan African Congress in Kampala (in 1993), I raised this question of the sacred. I wanted us to work on a Pan-African scale, for a political situation where the death of a single African person raises horror and concern in the body politic as a whole. Today the opposite is the case: a white person missing raises more anxiety among African governments than hundreds of missing blacks. We have to take the initiative to fight and right the roots of such differential knee-jerk reactions" - Ngugi wa Thiong'o on WE HAVE TO RECONNECT WITH OUR BEING

"The investigation of injury in my paper details the process by which testimonies by black police torture victims are used as evidence that their bodies—the bodies being injured—are themselves the source of danger. Building on Fanon, I borrow from a number of scholars who have all discussed the ways in which the black body is constituted through fear, through naming, through seeing. This pointing does not merely mark, what Goffman once called, “the tribal stigma of race,” but foreshadows an accusation about who should be feared and who should be protected from that fear. In this way, my work describes how perceptions and fear and white paranoia help to interpret the actions of black urban residents in advance of any moral or legal transgression. My main argument is that, in Chicago, black bodies are used to support the claim that they themselves are producing violence, or they are about to produce violence, and are, therefore, responsible for the violence they receive" - Ralph Laurence on THE GRIND: BLACK BODIES AND INVERTED PERCEPTIONS OF FEAR

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