By Althea Prince
Within the culture of essayist similar to Dionne model and bell hooks, sociologist and writer Althea Prince provides us a set of essays on Black Canadian tradition.
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The article also contains a quote from an African Canadian academic, who states: "Their (African Canadian academics) roles in the 60s centred around fighting racism, naturally, but that's changing. "^ This interpretation of the way things were and are sounds as if "racism" is some bogey man whose threat has been outlived. In my view, the bogey man has simply gone underground and undercover. " The faculty did nothing individually, nor in a vacuum. As students, we did nothing individually, nor in a vacuum.
That is what my journeying in this essay is about: reformatting the language disk altogether. " The word "slave" is, after all, merely a common noun, used to describe a state of being in the material constructs of the world. Certainly, it is not descriptive of who my ancestors deemed themselves to be, as a people. I see immense implications in this. If I blindly accept and use the term "slave" or "the slaves," I am missing links that could help me to connect with my ancestral memory. Some of that memory (and I always like Toni Morrison's term "rememory" to describe this reclamation)...
He cited, as an example of this heinous crime of racism, the white man's preoccupation with the Black woman as a sexual object. The hair on the back of my neck tingled. That man's name was Malcolm X. Another day, I heard a speech by Elijah Mohammed, the leader of the Nation of Islam in the United States. Although I could not identify with the religious dogma that he preached, I understood his feelings of outrage about the way racism belittles 30 — Althea Prince Black people by eating away at their soul.