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Butler was considered the most successful African American woman science-fiction writer. Her work is highly respected in mainstream literary circles, and she is the only science-fiction writer ever to have been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Butler wrote twelve novels, creating complex imaginative worlds peopled by hybrid characters who challenge the boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, and history.
Her most important works include the Patternist serieswhich treats mental enslavement of regular humans by telepaths, and the Xenogenesis serieswhich features a postapocolyptic Earth in which humans must merge with aliens for survival.
Her acclaimed short story collection, Bloodchildexplores themes of power and control in various configurations. As an African American woman raised by a single mother in an ethnically diverse, struggling neighborhood, Butler was fundamentally concerned with questions of identity, especially of gender, race, and class.
Her writing repeatedly returns to themes of power and enslavement, often placing humans in symbiotic relationships with other beings. Kindred is her only novel to explicitly treat the institution of chattel slavery in the antebellum South.
Butler has explained that she first got the idea for Kindred when she heard a young African American saying that sometimes he wanted to kill the old African Americans who were complacent about unequal race relations but that doing so would entail killing his own parents and ancestors.
Kindred is very much about facing family histories by understanding the decisions black people have made throughout the history of the United States, which is fundamentally based on the institution of slavery.
Kindred is difficult to categorize by genre, since it includes elements of both the slavery narrative and science fiction. Less graphic in its depictions of brutality than most slave narratives, Kindred nevertheless has enormous emotional power since Dana experiences the institution of slavery from the perspective of a twentieth century person with whom a reader can identify.
It can also be usefully placed within the much broader category of literature of memory. Although Rufus and Kevin do not look particularly alike, they are linked in that on one of her returns to Los Angeles, Dana mistakes Kevin for Rufus and attacks him.
Through ongoing physical and emotional abuse, Rufus thinks he has succeeded in making Alice his own, yet Alice never entirely submits to him, and her suicide can be read as her final upsetting of their power balance. Their time travel shows them that their relationship dynamic is also susceptible to uneven power relations, since it is surprisingly easy for them to play the parts of slave owner and slave.
The main theme of the novel is the insidious nature of slavery throughout American history. She also realizes that slave owners are just as easily made as slaves. Dana had imagined that Rufus, caught between his bad-tempered, abusive white father and the highly literate black woman who appears regularly to save his life might question the ethics of owning slaves.
However, her experiences and those of her husband are given a hopeful tinge in the epilogue, as Kevin and Dana visit together the site of the Weylin plantation.
Little trace remains of the people they knew in the past, but records show that the children of Rufus and Alice were not sold with the plantation, suggesting that they escaped continued enslavement.Get the historical facts on the racially stratified system of South African apartheid, and compare this form of segregation to Jim Crow in the U.S.
Race Relations History People & Events Race & Racism Law & Politics U.S. Government Apartheid officially became a way of life in South Africa in , when the Afrikaner National Party came.
The Institute of Race Relations is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that inform the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe and internationally. In: South African Institute of Race Relations, The "Western Areas" Removal Scheme: Facts and Viewpoints Presented at a Conference Convened by the S.A.
Institute of Race Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand 22nd August Free Essay: Race Relations in America American society likes to believe that race relations in our country are no longer strained. We do not want to hear. The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 1, ; The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 2, She was part of a class and generation that had anticipated the steady liberalisation of race relations as a result of economic growth and education, and stood aghast at the victory of the NP, and even more at the s.
Racial Equity in Education: How Far Has South Africa Come? Helen Ladd Abstract A major task of South Africa's new government in was to promote racial equity in the state education system.
This paper evaluates progress toward this goal using three distinct concepts: equal treatment, equal educational opportunity, and educational adequacy.