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proposition that the state and civil society are elastic enough to even contemplate the possibility of an
emancipatory project for the Black position—disintegrates into thin air . The imaginary of the state and
civil society is parasitic on the Middle Passage. Put another way: no slave, no world. And, in addition, as
Patterson argues, no slave is in the world. If, as an ontological position, that is, as a grammar of suffering,
the Slave is not a laborer but an anti-Human, a positionality against which Humanity establishes,
maintains, and renews it coherence, its corporeal integrity; if the Slave is, to borrow from Patterson,
generally dishonored, perpetually open to gratuitous violence, and void of kinship structure, that is,
having no relations that need be recognized, a being outside of relationality, then our analysis cannot be
approached through the rubric of gains or reversals in struggles with the state and civil society, not unless
and until the interlocutor first explains how th...
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