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Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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I felt so unbelievably uncomfortable reading it, there was no point or intelligence behind the decision to reverse the slave trade - all the message seemed to be was poor whites look how mean black people are? It reads like the kind of fanfic that people label crack because they just want to toss in whatever they think is funny without a care for whether it makes sense to the story. Here, the slave trade is reversed, with blak Aphrikans capturing, selling, and enslaving whyte Europanes to work on distant plantations. After a whipping that leaves her scarred for life, Doris is sent to a plantation run by her master’s son as punishment for trying to escape.

The people of Ambossa shout to the very few whytes who live in the “vanilla cities” suburbs: ‘”Wigger, go home! Similarly, the slaves’ church is more like black gospel churches than a hybrid of the Church of England and the beliefs of the slavers in the story. It is the slave trade in reverse; in Evaristo’s language the whytes are the slaves and the blaks are the masters and slave-owners.Questo romanzo esilarante è una satira intelligente sulla razza e la schiavitù: una rivisitazione sulla tratta degli schiavi, a parti invertite.

Reading this type of what-if stories is like going to a gym for your brain, especially if they twist the reality as you know it!The awful thing about her capture was that it was carried out by fellow `Europanes' - all part of the balance of power between colonial Aphrikans and the pragmatic, but avaricious natives. After giving Doris a proper name -- "Omorenomwara" -- her African owner expects her to look respectable, which means wearing her straight blonde hair in plaited hoops all over her head and going barefoot. The series is based on the book with the same name by Philip K Dick – I did not read the book, but the TV series is definitely worth watching! Loads of detail is thrown at the reader from the start, much of which is contrary to our history books. It’s an easy way to present the arguments white “Christians” used: saving sub-humans from serfdom by enslaving them to a superior race.

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