Academic journal article Liminalities

Skin Castles

Academic journal article Liminalities

Skin Castles

Article excerpt

I. Contact-

In the castle of my skin,

In the castle of my skin,

In the castle of my skin,

Look!

Look!

Look!!! A negro...

On that island, the offspring of a white man and a black woman is a

mulatto; the mulatto and the black produce a samba; from the mulatto and

the white comes the quadroon; from the quadroon and white comes the

mustee; the child of a mustee by a white man is called a musteffino; while

the children of a musteffino are free by law and rank as white persons, for

all intent and purposes. And further up north, there was the one-drop rule.

All-it-took-was-one-d-r-o- p.

II. Bleeding-

Mwen di Feray'o m'blésé. Feray'o m'blésé.??Gade'm blésé Feray. Mwen pa

we san mwen. Mwen di Feray'o m'blésé. Feray'o m'blésé.

Gade'm blésé Feray. Mwen pa we san mwen

In the castle of my-

III. Dying-

The strong black woman is dead

The strong black woman is dead

The strong black woman is dead

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

Accorde nous miserecorde

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

In the castle of my skin

IV. Being

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

Accorde nous miserecorde

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

Accorde nous miserecorde

Saint Philomene vierge martyre

Her silence killed her last night

She never ever apologized for who she was. With her there was no

pretense. There was no shame. What you saw was what you got. She was a

peasant, so what. She was illiterate, so what. She was a street vendor, so

what. She had a lot of children, so what. She smoked a pipe, chewed

tobacco and was a heavy drinker, so what. …

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