Since I reference yam-eating a lot in my posts, I thought it might be a good idea to explain what yam-eating is. The practice of yam-eating is liberatory. You know who ate yams? Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Throughout most of the novel, the Invisible Man is controlled by (xenophobic) ideology. When the Invisible Man bites into a hot, history-altering yam, however, he is able to reject the confines of ideology and embrace self-possession. Sometimes when I refer to the liberatory, I say “yam-eating.” For a more comprehensive exploration of yam-eating, see: Biting into Yams: Biting into Freedom?

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