Next week, we will move on to the second book in the Patternist series, Mind of My Mind.
But first, let’s close out Wild Seed.
I found myself coming back to two main ideas after reading. (Spoilers ahead – but you should be keeping up with the reading.)
The first was a question for myself: How do I see the evolution of Doro and Anyanwu’s relationship? Was it ever anything besides a relationship predicated on how he could use her abilities? I label it abusive, but at the same time, there is something else there. It’s something close to a shared loneliness, but not fully. Kind of like the bond that passes between people who truly understand each other, yet are fundamentally different. As if Doro and Anyanwu are like magnets – repelling each other for most of the book, but still drawn to each other in the end. Then I would read over a chapter and hate Doro all over again. His views on morality may have made perfect sense to him – but they caused so many people pain. Can one ascribe humanity to a being such as Doro? If we can, we can wonder about his final reveal of vulnerability; if we can’t, then there is no use appealing to something that was never there to begin with.
Also, strangely, the Willie Lynch letter keeps surfacing in my mind. Despite having long been discredited (by multiple scholars at this point), the central question the false artifact purports to answer – “How do we create a slave?” – is a tantalizing one. Doro is a slave trader. Doro’s associates are slave traders. And he proves to be quite skilled at persuading others to submit to his control, through physical or psychological violence. Anyanwu’s final decision plays into that question as well. There are many times in the book where Anyanwu follows Doro’s orders, but her final submission felt different somehow. Again, if we look at this through the prism of humanity, and Doro’s expression of vulnerability as an expression of love, perhaps it is understandable. However, if we do not see Doro as human, it feels like Anyanwu submits, fully, to slavery. Did Doro create a slave? Or did Anyanwu choose to be one? Or did she chose something else entirely?
What are your thoughts, readers?
About This BlogRacialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable
Keanu ReevesJohn Cho newsflashes.
Latoya Peterson (DC) is the Owner and Editor (not the Founder!) of Racialicious, Arturo García (San Diego) is the Managing Editor, Andrea Plaid (NYC) is the Associate Editor. You can email us at email@example.com.
The founders of Racialicious are Carmen Sognonvi and Jen Chau. They are no longer with the blog. Carmen now runs Urban Martial Arts with her husband and blogs about local business. Jen can still be found at Swirl or on her personal blog. Please do not send them emails here, they are no longer affiliated with this blog.
Comments on this blog are moderated. Please read our comment moderation policy.
Use the "for:racialicious" tag in del.icio.us to send us tips. See here for detailed instructions.
Interested in writing for us? Check out our submissions guidelines.
Follow Us on Twitter!
- lynn1066 on The Walking Dead Roundtable: 4.8 “Too Far Gone”
- bridgetarlene on The Walking Dead Roundtable: 4.8 “Too Far Gone”
- etoiledamore on The Walking Dead Roundtable: 4.8 “Too Far Gone”
- literatebrit on The Racialicious Links Roundup 12.5.13: Black Twitter, Black Academics, Iran, Chicago and Elan Gale
- Matt Pizzuti on The Walking Dead Roundtable: 4.8 “Too Far Gone”
- The Walking Dead Roundtable: 4.8 “Too Far Gone”
- Voices: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
- The Racialicious Links Roundup 12.5.13: Black Twitter, Black Academics, Iran, Chicago and Elan Gale
- On Disability and Cartographies of Difference
- A Muslimah’s Guide to Rocking the World
- Quoted: Dr. David Leonard Pens Open Letter to Marissa Alexander
- The Acclaimed Web Series Black Folks Don’t Returns for a Third Season
- Comedian Aamer Rahman Explains “Reverse Racism”
TagsABC activism advertising african-american asian asian-american barack obama black celebrities comedy diversity fashion feminism film gender glbt HBO hip hop hispanic history hollywood identity interracial relationships Kerry Washington latino media mixed race movies music muslim politics race racial stereotypes racism religion Scandal sex sexism sexual stereotypes stereotypes True Blood tv Uncategorized white youtube