Cain Attacking Himself: Black Intra-racial postcolonial Segregation as Presented in Amiri Baraka's Duthman and Charles H. Fuller's A Soldier's Play


  • Enas Mohammed Saleh AL-Darraji


Black; Intra-racial; post colonialism; Segregation; Amiri Baraka; Duthman; Charles H. Fuller; A Soldier's Play.


After the independent years of the colonial history, there has been always a " Cain" acting and reacting the over repeated story of former and present times of American society, in that the sin of Cain, afterward, disputably, black skinned, as a sign of curse best explain or in a way may help to understand the consequences of negation in its social, cultural and historical background. DuBoise, an insightful writer and critic, decades before, has shown the Afro American individual's failure to balance between his conflicting sides, "double-consciousness". The Following generation of the American writers, executing the problem of "melting" with their society, captured the feelings of change, started to focus on the internal conflicts between blacks. Correspondingly, the post-colonial individual's anger, violence and resistance, even after the abolition of the slavery, I argue, became intra rather than extra. This paper aims at, first, describing this historical, cultural struggle specifically the history of US. political racial climate in the 1960s as a crucial period. Secondly, it will point to the impacts resulting from these struggles. The ongoing goal of the study, in a different, more illuminating light, is to examine two selective representative dramas of Amiri Baraka's (Hobson, O’Brien III, Falvo, & Superfine, 2020) and Parlett and Hamilton (1972), who practically, in a new critical direction, contradicting DuBoise about the dysfunctionality of the society, call for a triumphant conscious-raising redemption over, this time, and above the common theme of white supremacist dominance, the very black intra-racial destructive segregation. In this regard, post colonialism, which focused on rearticulating the blacks' relationship with the colonial history, will be taken into consideration.