Virginie Carillon is the only bossale (new slave deported from Africa) identified from my line. In the French West Indies,... Read More
Virginie Carillon is the only bossale (new slave deported from Africa) identified from my line. In the French West Indies, the surnames attributed to freed slaves were on the whim of the registrar. It is therefore very likely that the name of "Carillon" was given to her in reference to the necklaces provided with bells that plantationary system used to dress up the bossales slaves, who dare to fled.
Thus, her name wear the mark of a rebellious spirit! Summoning his memory, I recall the necessary civic disobedience when the social order is unfair. His finger of honor is a distrust of the essentialist and naturalistic taxonomic system of his time. Is it possible that just like this iniquitous system which validated its condition of movable property and livestock, today there are others just as coercive? Is it possible for us to distinguish them correctly, when though we adhere to many clichés of our time? My ancestor, once wear with the seal of infamy, is today the guardian of my rebellions, my ethics, my pride and my benevolence towards others.