Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines how Lezley McSpadden's Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown and Danielle Allen's Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. draw upon the medium of life-writing to disrupt discourses that have historically pathologized black motherhood. Both books widen the lens to show the collateral damage of state-sanctioned violence as well as histories of racial and gender oppression. In doing so, these texts reveal how black mothers often bear perverse inheritances (such as the denigration of black motherhood that was founded in slavery and has been perpetuated across time) that they must simultaneously combat while endeavoring to protect their children.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1520
Print ISSN
0732-1562
Pages
pp. 201-217
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-15
Open Access
No
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