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WAI Think Tank on Black Metamorphosis
24 June, 2021
Exploring the process of indigenization of the tribal-African in the Americas, Sylvia Wynter provides a reading of the many ways that Yoruba, Ga, Ashanti, lbo, etc. were converted into a ‘homogenous commodity, into a unit of labour power collectively labelled’ and bound to the creation of the ‘plantation system.’ Wynter argues that it is in the plantations in the Caribbean that the ‘negro’ (a commodity of pure labour power) is created, produced by a transformation by the market mechanism of capitalism. The transcript goes on to articulate the many branches that grow out of that creation of the plantation and the exploited black subject to address ideology, power, territory, and labour relations and the many struggles for emancipation in the Americas.