Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son

Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son

by Lesley-Ann Brown


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A Trinidadian-American writer and activist explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples.

Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn over 18 years ago, Brown attempts to contextualise her and her son's existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world where the very machine of so-called progress has been premised upon the demise of her lineage. Through these letters, Brown writes the past into the present - penned from the country that has been declared "The Happiest Place in the World" - creating a vision that is a necessary alternative to the dystopian one currently being bought and sold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912248094
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lesley-Ann Brown is a Trinidadian-American author, freelance journalist, activist and poet. Her recent work examines methods of decolonial narratives fused with political activism. She's one of the co-founders of Say It Loud, a spoken word-poetry collective, consisting of Black women poets in Copenhagen, Denmark. Say It Loud is now the R.A.M. Poetry collective (Random Access Memory). Brown has been featured and invited to participate in a range of events, including BE.BOP 2016 Black Europe Body Politics, in Berlin and Copenhagen, and she was one of the panelists in and organizers for the first ever Women of Color Panel in Denmark.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

In the Beginning 9

Diary of a World Citizen 21

Stories are Life 25

When Terrorism Has a White Face 37

What Whispers the Water? 57

Brooklyn Is War 69

Cunt-Tree: The Map to Liberation 79

The Forgotten Fathers 85

The Mothers of Memory: The Violence of Silence (A Search for Womanhood, a Search for Truth) 111

The Conquest of Kairi: What We Lost in Empire (A Re-Imagining of the History of Trinidad and Tobago) 141

The Lament of Lanzarote 157

The Birth of a Mother 165

Denmark's Real National Treasures 177

On Baldwin 185

The Road to Hossein 191

The Lion Learns to Write: A Visit to My Brother in Jail 207

Radical Healing Plants 235

Conclusion 245

Notes 249

Acknowledgements 255

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