Commodities can speak. They pray constantly for release. The slave is the commodity that speaks. This Essay is the slave’s prayer for release, for resurrection. The slave is imprisoned, entombed, in the commodity form, a form in which it appears as a thing that is exchangeable for other things, not an end-in-itself.

Yesterday is not gone. Emancipation has yet to take place. The conceits of the modern era are all around us written in ruin and in specters of future ruin. Critical Race Theory is a flower in the midst of ruin. Critical Race Theory is said to be radical? Critical Race Theory is radical. Critical Race Theory, the stone that the builders refused, is as radical as the Gospels, as avante garde as philosophy, as American as the abolition of slavery, and as necessary as tomorrow.

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