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Unformatted text preview: stance, the Middle Passage, “wiped
out [his/her] metaphysics…his [her] customs and sources on which they are based” (BSWM 110). Jews went
into Auschwitz and came out as Jews. Africans went into the ships and came out as Blacks. The former is
a Human holocaust; the latter is a Human and a metaphysical holocaust. That is why it makes little sense
to attempt analogy: the Jews have the Dead (the Muselmenn) among them; the Dead have the Blacks
among them.¶ This violence which turns a body into flesh, ripped apart literally and imaginatively,
destroys the possibility of ontology because it positions the Black within an infinite and indeterminately
horrifying and open vulnerability, an object made available (which is to say fungible) for any subject. As
such, “the black has no ontological resistance in the eyes of the white man” (110) or, more precisely, in the
eyes of Humanity The alternative is to reject the affirmative and reorient ourselves towards the world through an
unflinching paradigmatic analysis
Wilderson 10 [Frank B...
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