Simply WOW!! … Frances Jaeger discusses the vocabulary of slavery and what it means today. — “I teach the vocabulary of slavery to my students, so they understand what they are reading, but until now, I did not realize that they needed this vocabulary to understand what they are seeing: that the images of George Floyd pinned down on the ground, was a bocabajo, just like the slaves in the Caribbean centuries ago.”
[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Frances Jaeger discusses the vocabulary of slavery and what it means today. Listen to the program at Northern Public Radio.
As a specialist in Caribbean literature, I teach about slavery every year. When we read the Cuban novel,Sab, or watch Tomás Alea Gutierrez’s filmThe Last Supper,we study the organization of plantations, how sugar cane is cut and processed and the vocabulary of slavery.
At night, slaves were locked into huts called barrancos so that they would not run away. Escaped slaves formed communities known as palenques or quilombos, where they defended their freedom by recreating the villages they had left behind in Africa. When we read poems by Cuba’s Nancy Morejón we discuss rapes and sexual abuse, as well as other physical forms of punishment. There are new words to learn: latigazos are…
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