I'm not a slave.'
Words spoken by a black nanny to the white boy in her charge.
Atlantic Center Mall
June 8, 2006
One of the books featured in my dissertation is Octavia Butler’s Kindred. It has a simple, but yet very troubling premise: a black woman in 1976 Los Angeles is inexplicably pulled back into 19th century Maryland and has in order to ensure the well-being of, Rufus, the young scion of a plantation. Readers of speculative fiction do not have trouble suspending disbelief and following
The refusal by some to acknowledge that the hierarchical system at play in the
Rufus: "You're not a slave are you?"
(Kindred, 29 - 30)
And speaking of history, did I mention that this scene took place in the Atlantic center mall.