Hiram is My Homey and other Ridiculous Thoughts on The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Te-Nehisi Coates The Water Dancer

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It’s enough ignorance to make you cry. Especially when speaking to all my white friends, in my white city, with my white family, the shame and guilt of White Evil is covered over like an English Mystery.

What genocide? What horrible pillaging? What the fuck are you talking about? Stand up for the goddamn pledge of allegiance! Freedom isn’t free. It costs three of your best slaves.

If you’re still here, allow me to tell you about The Water Dancer by Te-Nehisi Coates.

What a lovely novel about the Antebellum. Just like Gone With The Wind except with African Americans. [sic]

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The shame, the absolute disgust, the context– it’s pure profit. Written down in leather binders that list my property. The tobacco crops are failing. I must sell some slaves.

Call the lead slave guy, tell him to sell the slave children. But, sir! You mustn’t sell Hiram, he is my homey.

Separating families for profit is the pinnacle of society. Cull the old ones, dress the attractive ones, put the useful ones in the field. Above all, make a profit.

Of course, the white woman saves the day. Corrine, the abolitionist, rides in on her uppity white money and saves ole’ Hiram. Good for her. Where the white women at?

Freedom is a goddamn yoke. Well, it’s better than slavery.

This novel is one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

My double helix burns white hot. I know the low white world. I would celebrate the slave holder, envious of ownership, the status of the master, the richness of owning a person and selling their family.

Call it sin. We are certainly born into it. Any effort to change the system will be considered a direct attack on Jesus.

Man is born into sin and cannot be considered free and/or equal.

All ignorant mothers and pro-slavery sluts.

“Oh honey. War is written in the bible. You can’t stop paying for it.”

Fuck you and fuck your ridiculous bible.

Read this book, The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


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