amelia (mmmbopthis) wrote,
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Book Dreams

So I'm reading this book called "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler. It's about a black woman and her white husband who live in 1976 and accidentally go back to the time of slavery. The whole book is about the differences in how they are treated - Dana, the woman, is automatically put to work on a plantation as a slave and her husband, Kevin, is considered her master. Kevin's all "Dude, I could totally live here," and Dana's like "Don't you see my people are being oppressed?!" There's a whole bunch of other plot twists, but if you're at all interested, I shouldn't mention them.

So I've been reading at night before I go to bed and I've found myself having dreams that I was a slave and getting whipped and such. As well I should. Because I've always been white and I've never even thought about slavery and women and how incredibly morally degrading even the thought of it was. I mean, I hate inequality just as much as the next person...look who my parents are and what I've been picketing for since I was old enough to hold a sign. But that doesn't make me not white.

And these dreams are fucking scary. It doesn't help that I'm hacking up half a lung and probably not all lucid because I'm getting sick and thrashing about under my covers kicking my cat (on accident!) while this is all going on, but dooood...no more reading this book before I go to sleep.
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