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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Abstract

MOTHOAGAE, I.D.. Reclaiming our black bodies: reflections on a portrait of Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman and the destruction of black bodies by the state. Acta theol. [online]. 2016, vol.36, suppl.24, pp.62-83. ISSN 2309-9089.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v36i1.5s.

The parading of the nude body of Sarah Baartman by the British colonisers led England and France to racially categorise her as a subhuman. Her Black body was viewed as something that can be violated, exploited, destructed, penetrated, and subjugated to various inhumane conditions. According to Fanon, there is a world order that determines who fits where and how: "The colonial world is a world cut in two". The militaristic response by the state to the people's protest point to the fact that technology, the regimes, and the targets still remain. In this article, I will argue that the use of violence by the colonial, imperial system against Sarah Baartman (Black people) has its origins in colonialism and slavery. I maintain that there is a distinction between "a body" and "the Body". The paper will use as basis the intersectionality theory. Conclusions will be drawn.

Keywords : Race; Epistemic; Gender; Dehumanisation; Sara Baartman.

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