National Amnesia


Race is an important and central issue in the United States, but what about abroad?

It appears that both the United States and the United Kingdom are witnessing one of those moments when we confront what Toni Morrison said in an early interview about Beloved (1987), ‘something that the characters don’t want to remember, I don’t want to remember, black people don’t want to remember, white people don’t want to remember. I mean, it’s national amnesia.’”

How do we address slavery in a national and international context? And what narratives are we forgetting? The Los Angeles Review of Books confronts our memories of race-slavery in Britain and the US.

Mary Allen is a writer working, crafting, and making bad puns in the San Francisco Bay Area. More from this author →