Perspective: The Vocabulary of Slavery


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.”

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[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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Review: “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a Radical Masterpiece


I’ve been watching! Beyond compelling!! … ““The very existence of this film is a miracle,” says its creator, Raoul Peck, in the final episode of Exterminate All the Brutes—and that might be an understatement. A four-part experimental documentary that takes on the unwieldy, bitterly contentious subject of white supremacy since the so-called Age of Discovery, Brutes is unorthodox in both content and style.”

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Judy Berman (Time) reviews Raoul Peck’s Exterminate All the Brutes, describing the HBO film asa “radical masterpiece about white supremacy, violence and the history of the West.”

“The very existence of this film is a miracle,” says its creator,Raoul Peck, in the final episode ofExterminate All the Brutes—and that might be an understatement. A four-part experimental documentary that takes on the unwieldy, bitterly contentious subject of white supremacy since the so-called Age of Discovery,Brutesis unorthodox in both content and style. Drawing heavily on the work of leftist academics, the series also incorporates scripted passages and animations that serve as guided meditations on human suffering more than as visual aids. It may well be the most politically radical and intellectually challenging work of nonfiction ever made for television.

Best known in the U.S. forI Am Not Your Negro, his Oscar-nominated 2016 film that…

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Hater Caucus


This ‘caucus’ fell flat on its ass!! Yet the groundwork is there – there’s a place for the GQP for this! … “In Congress, there are caucuses. What’s a caucus? A caucus is a group of representatives with common interests. They are not official. Nobody is appointed. As a group, they don’t vote on legislation. A caucus does not have to be bipartisan as a caucus can be made up entirely from members of one political party. They don’t get office space, government funding, or even government stationary. They can not hire. The only way a caucus can use congressional staffers is in pursuit of legislation, which is what a representative does anyway.”

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Can Republicans take one day off from being racist? Just one? Maybe go outside, take a walk, sniff some flowers, binge Netflix (not “World War II in Color.” It has a sad ending for you), go to Costo and see if bulk mayo and white Wonder Bread is on sale (is there wheat Wonder Bread? Now, you’re thinking about that), I don’t know. But, just take a day.

In Congress, there are caucuses. What’s a caucus? A caucus is a group of representatives with common interests. They are not official. Nobody is appointed. As a group, they don’t vote on legislation. A caucus does not have to be bipartisan as a caucus can be made up entirely from members of one political party. They don’t get office space, government funding, or even government stationary. They can not hire. The only way a caucus can use congressional staffers is in pursuit…

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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call


Amazing morning view … “Why fill our lives with such effort and torment, when we know that we will be here only once and when we have such a brief and unrepeatable time in this indescribably beautiful world? — Semezdin Mehmedinovic, My Heart: A Novel. (Catapult, March 9, 2021).

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We ought to ask ourselves again and constantly: Why fill our lives with such effort and torment, when we know that we will be here only once and when we have such a brief and unrepeatable time in this indescribably beautiful world?

— Semezdin Mehmedinovic, My Heart: A Novel. (Catapult, March 9, 2021)


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My Momoa Monday Moment …. “🌺 ‘Masterful Momoa Memes’ 🌺 …. “!!


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Motivational Monday …. “🌱 ‘Always Depends on What You Can Give’ 🌱 …. “!!


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To Start the Day …. “🌸 ‘Happy Monday – Feliz Lunes’ 🌸 …. “!!


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