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The site of the slave trade is one of connectivity to the lives of Native Americans who came before the African slave trade, and to other colonial moments of oppression and exploitation which carve stories on people of color’s bodies. The body demands and articulates in polyvalent ways the meaning of humanity across geographical and cultural spaces. Colonialism denies exclusive geographic categorization because it has always traveled across these divides. One need not wait for twenty-first century global capital in order to recognize the multiplicity of location of brutality.
Because slavery and patriarchy are embedded in the same historical moment, a ‘practice’ of democracy is not to be found at this site. A lived democracy is only to be found by going inside the resistances and expressions of humanity. Ideas that are said to be of the West are often initiated and located elsewhere. Terming democracy as of the West already gives too much credit to the West. Such naming reflects an imperial capture of ideas from ‘elsewhere’. Expressions of eighteenth century democratic theory derive as much from the slave revolts in Haiti as from Europe, as much from the demands of the slaves’ humanity as from Western ideas of freedom.
Rousseau is termed a radical Eisenstein 02 30 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 30 AGAINST EMPIRE egalitarian while he groups all women with children and cripples, and slavery remains a metaphor for white man’s dependency on others. We are told that we live in global times in a global village, while girls and women of color toil away in maquiladora factories. Seeing anew means subverting the distortions of before with a willingness to be deeply uncomfortable with the self. A polyversality of timeless values must be used to unsettle and realize the human self.