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...slavery, in which white people transfigured black bodies into sugar, cotton, tobacco and gold. At the onset of the Civil War, slaves were worth more than all of American industry. And the prime product rendered by their stolen bodies, cotton, was America’s primary export. America, at one point, depended on slavery. It depended on the pillaging, theft, rape, and destruction of stolen black bodies. As Mississippi left the Union it declared, “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery...the greatest material in the world”. Black people never forget that they have been enslaved longer than they have been free. Black people do not have the privilege of living in ignorance because the black body is more fragile than any other. Black people have to responsible for the worst actions of other black bodies, because the blame will be assigned to all.
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