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A Flies to Whatless Boys: Memory and Archiving

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In Deborah Thomas’ Caribbean Studies, Archive Building and the Problem of Violence, she contends that archives “create new possibilities, possibilities for seeing connections previously unconnected and for reordering our ontological taken-for-granteds.” (27) One of the types of archives that Thomas outlines in her article is archives that attempt to historicize the present in order to dismantle hegemonic histories that perpetuate racist claims. I see Robert Antoni’s As Flies to Whatless Boys and its accompanying website, as doing something similar: providing an array of historical materials (ranging from diagrams, newspaper articles, letters, William’s written-down oral personal story, among others) in order to fill in the gaps of current archives and provide a voice for the voiceless histories of the Caribbean people.

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