Listen: Louis It Khosla, Zora Neale Hurston, Africa discussed on On The Media
"Came here. Quest loves third. Great grandparents were Charlie and Maggie Louis both born in Africa, Charlie's brother was cut. Joe Lewis also survivor of the data the famed novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale hurston landed on cudgels doorstep in nineteen twenty seven when he was eighty six quote of all the millions transported from Africa to the Americas. Only one man is left which brings us to the third story that launched our trip to Alabama. It happened just before we packed our bags hurston Spock Farrakhan, the story of the last black cargo was published nine years after she wrote it it's cudgels story told her over three months on his terms and in his dialect how the brothers Tim, Jim and burns mayor who bet on the smuggling of slaves and William foster who can. Captained the Clotilde divided up the captives after their blood soaked abduction and harrowing voyage through the middle. Passage canton. Tim Mayer he took a thirty two of us. This is from the barracuda. Audiobook narrated by Robin miles. We seventy days crossed the water from the Africa. So well. Potus from one another you can't help, but cry. Well, Viking wanted the publish the book but wanted hurston to as they put it in language rather than dialect, and she was not inclined to do that. Deborah g plant is a scholar absorb Neil hurston work and the editor of barracuda. She says there may have been other reasons it never saw print. It was the depression. Langston Hughes writes in his autobiography that the negro was no longer invoke. And then there is also the fact that Hurson had never published a book before, but I think it's really deeper than that at the time. Some African American writers decried her students use of dialect Richard Wright, said it was a sop to white audiences to make negro life seem quaint. But plant says that for an anthropologist language is a crucial lens into culture and character and that. Deny could Joe Louis. His voice would have been just another act of historical erasure. Talking now. You go home and come back. You fat talking with you all the time. Akane making no garden, you won't know too much. You asked so many questions gone home. The black vernacular was not his mother tongue. He spoke some dialect of Europe. That was his first language he has to learn this other language so that he can negotiate a world that was hostile to him anytime. People of different languages are trying to communicate they'll create a lingua franca pidgin language now when a generation comes that speaks that language as his first language, then it's a Creole. So there is a blending in the case of Atlantic. Creoles a blending of the grammatical structure of a west African language system with the lexicon of a European language sister. And it is the grammar that's the most important part. The grammar is what determines a person's cognition the mental makeup. This is why when you blend the grammar with the lexicon, you have this combined language of sorts, but you still have an African worldview could you give me an example of how his Creel reflected. A west African showed view. Sure, the west African languages have November to be. And so when Khosla says my name is not couture. Louis it Khosla. He doesn't say it is it Khosla because in that world view. There's no need to state. I am you are he she it is is given your presence is a given. You being is given it doesn't have to be stated is already apparent because you're right. They're looking at me and yet. He was hauled off to a place where his existence needed to be reaffirmed by others all the time. Yes. Come on. You got. The African Tilda were denied Justice. So they made their own. We don't want to steal neither get it drunk. Neither hurt nobody when we speak to a man what do wrong the next town him.."