New PDF release: Citizenship without consent: illegal aliens in the American

By Peter H. Schuck

ISBN-10: 0300035306

ISBN-13: 9780300035308

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The unsanitary quarters of these ships, and the brutal physical treatment, quickly spread diseases such as dysentery, worms, scurvy, malaria, diarrhea, yaws, small pox, and pneumonia. Usually about 15 to 20 percent of the enslaved Africans traveling across the At- STRUCTURAL RACISM 33 lantic died en route. Once in the Americas, Byrd and Clayton observed, "The break-in period was one of increased risk for slaves, because of their exposure to new diseases and climatic conditions. " Few slaves had regular access to trained physicians, many lived in unsanitary conditions, and most field hands worked twelve- to fourteenhour days.

From the blues of the Missis- 16 THE GREAT WELLS OF DEMOCRACY sippi Delta, to the soaring sounds of bebop in Harlem in the 1940s, to the provocative rhythms of today's hip hop, black music reflects the pulse and sensibility of blackness. Black history and culture reveal the gift of grace, the fluidity of motion and beauty that an oppressed people have claimed as their own. It is constantly recreated in many ways: from the artistry of dance to the spectacular athleticism of Michael Jordan. Grace is the ability to redefine the boundaries of possibility.

Oppressed people are constantly forced to define themselves, largely unthinkingly, by the crude boundaries of the formal, legal categories that have been imposed on them. Any people dwelling at the bottom of a social hierarchy will see themselves as the "Other," as individuals outside of society's social contract, as subordinated, marginalized, fixed minorities. Frequently, oppressed people have used these categories, and even terms of insult and stigmatization, such as "nigger" or "queer," as a site for resistance and counter-hegemonic struggle.

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