Of things that cannot be spoken, yet they must be said: Reflections on Leaving Cape Coasta and Elmina.
“It was not a story to pass on…’
‘The past is neither inert nor given. The stories we tell about What happened then, the correspondence we discern between today and times past, and the ethical and political stakes of these stories redound in the present. If slavery feels proximate rather than remote and freedom seems increasingly elusive, this has everyting to do with our own dark times. If the ghosts of slavery still haunts our present, it is because we are looking for an exit from the prison…’
‘By and by all trace is gone, and what is frogotten is not only the footprints but the water too and what is down there. The rest is the weather. Not the breath of the disremebered and unaccounted for, but wind in the eaves…’
‘This is not a story to pass on.”
Toni Morrison, Saidiya Hartman, Toni Morrison