The Afterlife Of Slavery And Colonialism Analysis

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Introduction For this paper, I will be connecting a chapter by Dian Million (2013) with the one by Ann Cvetkovich (2012) by working through, and from, a particular quote. My goal, then, is to draw a parallel between the treatment and conditions of life as a black American with that of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. That is not to say I intend to conflate the experiences of the two groups, as I recognize them as substantively different. Rather, what I want to show is that the afterlife of slavery for black Americans and the afterlife of colonialism for Aboriginal Canadians is strikingly similar. Put another way, the history of both slavery and colonialism have current political stakes that skew life chances, limit access to health and education,…show more content…
However, in this context that would not be practicable. Although all four points regarding the afterlife of slavery (or colonialism) that are made by Hartman are important and valuable, for feasibility purposes I wish to tackle two in particular: access to health and education, and premature death. My aim is to show that the impact of slavery and colonialism are felt to this day, and because of this, we must recognize the current context within its historical…show more content…
One of the reasons I chose to focus on health and education as well as premature death is because of their innate connection. That is, poor access to health and education can be understood as factors associated with an increased likelihood of premature death. Further, in the Canadian context colonization is linked to the “poor health, both physical and mental, substance abuse, suicide risk, and early death” (Million, 2013, 5), of Aboriginal people. For Million (2013), the problem in this particular context is that the Canadian government created a narrative of the colonized subject as a trauma victim

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