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Unformatted text preview: lave is not the product of the Human being having suddenly and
miraculously recognized the slave. Rather, as Saidiya Hartman argues, emancipatory discourses present themselves to us as
further evidence of the Slave’s fungibility: “[T]he figurative capacities of blackness enable white flights of fancy
while increasing the likelihood of the captive’s disappearance…” (Scenes…22). First, the questions of Humanism were
elaborated in contradistinction to the human void, to the African-qua-chattel (the 1200s to the end of the 17th century). Then, as
the presence of Black chattel in the midst of exploited and un-exploited Humans (workers and bosses, respectively)
became a fact of the world, exploited Humans (in the throes of class conflict with un-exploited Humans) seized the
image of the slave as an enabling vehicle that animated the evolving discourses of their emancipation, just as unexploited Humans had seized the flesh of the Slave to increase their profits. Without this gratuitous violence, a
violence that marks ever...
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