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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Dislocating Diaspora - Caribbean Blacks and the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1941

Historical seminar paper by Kevin A. Yelvington.
In 1935, when the forces of fascist Italy readied to invade Ethiopia, which they finally did in October of that year, there was a tremendous reaction throughout the African diaspora. Not only was this the sacred Ethiopia, a beacon for centuries in the consciousness of those considering themselves its exiles. [..] The war on the other side of the world became a metaphor, a way to speak to local conditions and the status of those defined as black. It became seen in terms of all that black-white "race relations" were seen to lead to C domination, displacement, degradation, and death.



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