By John Randolph LeBlanc

ISBN-10: 1137071516

ISBN-13: 9781137071514

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It is unfathomable. It means to accept that we are not sound. It is to be silent in the face of, living with the facts of diaspora, to hear, first, rather than to make sound. It is to live, as well and happily as one can, on the ragged, jagged edge of experience, and with memory: I say nothing. There is nothing I can say. You were transported in a wooden vessel across a broad expanse of water to a place which rendered your tongue silent. Look. Listen. Learn. And as you began to speak, you remembered fragments of a former life.

In that volume, the fight gets more complex. G o i n g H o m e i n L o n g a n d N a n dy 35 Douglass adds dialogue. He tells Covey that he had been “treated by him like a brute . . ”19 What comes after in the 1845 Narrative undercuts, however, the Hegelian moment. Douglass’s manhood cannot make him master; he does not lead a rebellion, for example. He uses his internalized freedom for other purposes. He moves more forcefully into his community. For example, he teaches other slaves to read. ”20 He finds nobility, courage, and love, as he moves out of individual isolation and into communal cooperation.

The Jamaicans, while originally African, are thoroughly Jamaican and the African Americans more American than African. The “other” cannot be kept, however, utterly distant from the self. ” Jamaicans and African Americans do, in one sense, share “Africanness,” though not purely. To move away from an idea of purity to the creole or the hybrid can lead to discoveries that reinforce an appreciation and acceptance of one’s original location by adding depth to the understanding of it. There is value in knowing you are not what you claim, as much as knowing what you are.

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