Month: August 2020

CHANGED PEOPLE CHANGE SYSTEMS

As we have passed the halfway point of 2020, what a year this has been so far. First there was coronavirus. The whole world had to make major adjustments. We were told to keep our distance from each other. People had to self-isolate to keep others healthy and safe. The wearing of masks is now …

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74,825

74,825 days. 205 years. That is how long the trans-Atlantic slavery existed in Canada (and the former French and British colonies). 74,825 days. I have been thinking about that number as I remember and mark Emancipation Day in 2020. My first thought was, “yes, yet that’s a long time ago, surely there have been more …

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EMANCIPATION: WHEEL AND COME AGAIN

I approach Emancipation from a tangent. In their incisive work titled Éloge de la créolité/in praise of creoleness, Jean Bernabé et al. aver a dual exteriority for Caribbean peoples. Exteriority is an outward looking disposition of the collective cultural psyche that seeks validation from external sources. The enslaving trade, colonialism, socio-cultural mechanisms economic arrangements of …

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