Unformatted text preview: ing, 2010 (Frank B. III “Introduction: Unspeakable Ethics” Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure
of U.S. Antagonisms,) GG
During the emergence of new ontological relations in the modern world, from the late Middle Ages through the 1500s, many different kinds of people experienced
slavery. In other words, there have been times when natal alienation, general dishonor, and gratuitous violence have turned individuals of myriad ethnicities and races
into beings who are socially dead. But the African, or more precisely Blackness, is the moniker for an individual who is by definition always already void of relationality. Thus, modernity marks the emergence of a new ontology because it is
an era in which an entire race of people who, a priori, that is prior to the contingency of the “transgressive act” (such
as losing at war or being convicted of a crime), stand as socially dead in relation to the rest of the world . This, I will argue, is as true for those
who were herded onto the slave ships as it is for...
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