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This is a bibliographic and information site on the work of
Manthia Diawara, chair of the Africana Studies Department at NYU.
"For people of African descent, blackness
is....a way of being human in the West or in areas under Western
domination. It is a compelling performance against the logic of
slavery and colonialism by people whose destinies have been inextricably
linked to the advancement of the West, and who have therefore
to learn the expressive techniques of modernity: writing, music,
Christianity, and industrialization in order to become uncolonizable.
They have to recuperate the category black from the pathological
space reserved for it in the discourse of whiteness, and reinvest
it with attributes valorized in modern humanism."
-Manthia Diawara (from "Englishness and Blackness:
Cricket as Discourse on Colonialism" in CallalooVol.
13, No. 4 / Fall 1990) Click here
to read the entire essay.
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