Not until maybe four years into the research that I realized that This was the truth of it … of my family’s story that … one side of my family had owned another, and that that was as bleak and as straightforward as it got. … That is the quintessence of the hideousness of slavery, isn’t it? That a family member could own their child … or own a series of children and live with that and … keep them in continued slavery and live comfortably with that. It made me understand slavery or see it in a very, very personal, intense way.
I really enjoyed this interview and look forward to reading her memoir, Sugar in the Blood, a history of her family and slavery in Barbados.
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