Academic journal article Liminalities

Pushing Further

Academic journal article Liminalities

Pushing Further

Article excerpt

There was a cemetery on the island. For generations its inhabitants were laid to rest there. It likely was - as most cemeteries are - a place of reverence and memory, of history and rootedness.

My family's roots begin at the water's edge. I have no idea who my ancestors were or where they lived their lives. My grandparents emigrated to the US and my parents, first-generation Americans, were born here. I know of no family history beyond the place where my grandparents settled.

I have always envied the rooted. A rooted people has history, traditions handed down from one generation to the next. A rooted people has community.

At Malaga a community was severed from its roots by a duly established government, the government of this state. Malaga's inhabitants were uprooted and forcibly resettled. Even the dead were disinterred and reburied, unnamed, in pits in another part of the state on the grounds of a state "school" for the "feeble minded."

It is said these days that the people of Malaga were "evicted."

Yet words matter. An eviction means that the owner is legally forcing the person from the owner's property. Eviction may not be pretty but it is lawful. …

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