Junot Díaz: “Bodies Like Mine Were Raped Into Existence”


Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

A report by Adriana Cataño for Remezcla

During a discussion at the University of Missouri for a Martin Luther King Jr. event, acclaimed Dominican-American author Junot Díaz spoke about white supremacy, the dialogue around immigration, the importance of solidarity, and the long-lasting effects of slavery on the African Diaspora.

“I was born in the Dominican Republic,” he said. “My work, among many of the things that it wrestles with, wrestles with the kind of, the often invisible and vigorously disavowed, long shadow of enslavement. I’m very much interested in how people like me, who are part of the African Diasporic community, and how do we deal with the consequences of the fallout from the calamity that we call slavery. And most specifically, I’m kind of interested in how do bodies like mine that were raped into existence – our community doesn’t look the way it looks without systematic rape – and so how do communities like ours, with this long history of sexual violence and sexual predation, how do we as a consequence of that wrestle with the possibility of intimacy. In other words, where does love reside in bodies that spent centuries being told that they could not partake in love?”

To listen to more of his discussion, head over to KBIA.

For additional coverage go to:

Junot Díaz: “Bodies Like Mine Were Raped into Existence”
Remezcla, February 8, 2018

Intersection – Author Junot Díaz on Immigration, Empire and White Supremacy
Sara Shahriari, Abby Ivory-Ganja and Elena Rivera, KBIA Radio, February 6, 2018

Junot Diaz emphasizes optimism in University of Missouri lecture visit
Claire Colby, Columbia Tribune, January 22, 2018

Díaz calls on young people to hope in an age of fear
Ayesha Vishnani, Columbia Missourian, January 22, 2018

One thought on “Junot Díaz: “Bodies Like Mine Were Raped Into Existence”

  1. Why is this man claiming to be part of the African diaspora when his ancestors are overwhelmingly European. He is part of the European diaspora.

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