the trans atlantic slave trade


“When you hear whites say:get over it,’ ‘slavery was a long time ago,’ ‘my family didn’t own slaves, ‘the Jews owned the slave ships,’ ‘your own kind sold you into slavery,’ and other sentiments like these, know these are the most common excuses these devils will use in attempts to not accept responsibility for and make restitution for their kind’s generational race crimes. Know today that these are unacceptable racist statements reparations offenders use in support of their kind’s historical racial terrorism.”

“Whites who make statements like these are just as racially terroristic as the whites who dehumanized and terrorized our ancestors during the slave trade and even in this - the post Trans Atlantic slave trade era. Most often, these are the kinds of whites you will have to defend yourself against in a reparations protest.”


Lukumi: a religion, a people, and a language.

One of the distinguishing features of Lukumi as an Afro-Diasporic religious community has been the retention of archaic forms of the Yoruba language in Cuba. The language is a liturgical language now - used in our songs, prayers, and by elegun (priests mounted in possession) rather than conversationally.

Part of the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was the stripping of individual and cultural identities from enslaved Africans, and this was achieved in many places in the New World through banning and otherwise brutally discouraging the use of West and Central African languages. Lukumi, as a language, managed to be preserved by enslaved peoples who made creative use of the imposed Catholic system of cabildos de nacion - mutual aid societies under the patronage of Catholic saints. The cabildos allowed enslaved people and free people of colour to gather and perform seemingly Catholic worship “in the manner of their nation” - in other words, using the language and drumming styles particular to their ethnic group. The system of cabildos gave space for both enslaved and free people of colour to preserve a variety of West and Central African religions in 19th Century Cuba, including Arara, Abakua, and Palo. However, it was also allowed to flourish because the whites believed that keeping people of African descent separated by nation (nacion) would prevent them from organizing en masse as in the case of Haiti, which was a constant source of white anxiety during the 19th Century.

Though the language never stopped being used, fluency in Lukumi faded somewhat in the early 20th Century, which the old people often say was due to a lack of proper training. When Lukumi arrived in New York City in the late 1950s, African Americans entered the religion looking for a spiritual component to the growing Black Liberation movement. In particular, we credit Sunta Serrano Osa Unko (iba’e) for opening her ilé to African Americans. Early African American converts were most interested in emphasizing the Yoruba roots of the religion, and rejecting Catholicism, and part of how they did this was to focus on the Lukumi language. Thanks to their efforts to write down and translate back into Yoruba the Lukumi songs and prayers, the language was revitalized. Examples of this can be seen in the books of Baba John Mason, particularly Orin Orisha: Songs for Selected Heads.

Though some songs and prayers are not translatable to modern Yoruba - either due to being archaic regional dialects or due to the many subtle borrowings from other African languages spoken in Cuba (particularly Arara and Palo’s unique Bantu-Spanish bozale) - the Lukumi language continues to flourish today.

Global Slavery & the Diasopa: The delusion of cultural supremacy; different Boats same Destiny

The reason why we neglect talking about Afro-Latinos, some Afro-Arabs who were enslaved and brought to the Middle East, like East Africans, as a whole, is because Black Latinos/Afro-Caribbeans/etc. have a culture that’s been exotified in media whereas Black America’s culture has been made to seem as though it’s insignificant or not really a culture, yet when Black people from all over the world come to America, generationally, they assimilate to Black American culture and their kids grow up with an American experience that’s quite different than being born and raised in an environment that’s usually unstable and less “liberal” than America.

Although it has been estimated that there were more enslaved Africans taken to the South America than to the United States (approximately 500,000 Africans were shipped to North America out of 10-12 million Africans) during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the focus is often on Black America because there needs to be a scapegoat, someone else’s culture and history needs to be mitigated. I see it all the time on Twitter where Afro-Caribbeans and people born of continental African parents seek to mock Black Americans culturally (and even demean those who seek to connect to their African roots) yet reap the benefits of the work and progress Black Americans have made in this country. Mocking, yet utilizing and benefiting off of aspects of Black American culture in the same breath. Which one is it? It cannot be both.

“Our English language is a big part of it. It’s a carrier of freedom. Wherever the English language has gone, globally, freedom went with it,” Rep. Steve King said on CNN on Monday

The idea that freedom accompanies English everywhere is demonstrably false, as former subjects of the British Empire can attest. In fact, a bulk of modern history was shaped by the cultural and military violence and slavery that followed the English language as it traversed the globe — from brutal British colonial rule in Africa and Asia, to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to slavery in the U.S. and the massacre and forced assimilation of Native Americans.

— Zak Cheney Rice, Steve King is having a hard time pretending he’s not a white supremacist

Dorothy Dandridge as Aiché in Tamango (1958).

During cinema’s earliest years, most films that dealt with or depicted American slavery did so mainly through the eyes of white characters. Not only was Tamango one of the first films to depict the horrors of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through (some of) its black characters’ point-of-view, but it was also one of the first films to reenact a slave ship revolt–if not the first film to do so. The revolt was led by the title character, Tamango (played by Alex Cressan).

Tamango was shot and released in France and other parts of Europe, but was initially banned in French colonies and the United States due to the depiction of an interracial “romance” between Aiché (Dandridge) and her owner, the slave ship’s captain (played by Curd Jürgens).

theloveofyou  asked:

Is this not all the same if a black african girl were to be dating someone from the Middle East? It's all the same stuff, isn't it?

I think this is a really interesting question actually, because it implicitly tries to compare and contrast the effects of the Arab slave trade with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Are the power dynamics of a black African woman dating an Arab guy in the Middle East similar to that of a white guy in the US or Europe dating a black woman from their country?

(Image description: Egyptian slavemaster and Waswahili slave)

What we do know is that the Arab slave trade predated the European trans-Atlantic slave trade by several hundred years. We also know that there is a very long history of a complete denigration and dehumanization of black people in Arab countries. In Islam, it was illegal to enslave a member of faith. But black skin was so associated with slavery in the Arab world that these rules were regularly bypassed to enslave Muslim Africans anyway. Also, most of those enslaved were African women who were sold into sex slavery for Arab men.

The poetry and writings of Antarah ibn Shaddah, a black pre-Islamic folk hero confirm that antiblackness in some form or other in the Arab world is entrenched and goes back far more than a millenium. Born in 525 AD to a noble Arab tribesman and an Ethiopian slave woman, Antarah was subjected to regular humiliation, including the betrayal of his father who denied his paternity and considered him to be another slave living in his household. It was only much later in his adult life that his father acknowledged his paternity and liberated him from slavery. And the legacy of this dehumanizing antiblackness continues to this day in the Arab world. More than 200,000 South Sudanese were enslaved during the Second Sudanese war alone. 150,000 Ethiopians were just deported on a whim by the Saudi Arabian government. And black Africans are regularly subjected to dehumanizing treatment and brutality across the Arab world

(Image description: Arab captors with black Zanzibar workers)

In all it is estimated that at least 8 million Africans were subjected to the Arab slave trade. Other estimates range north of 20 million. These numbers are comparable to those of the trans-Atlantic slave trade depending on the scholars you read. There are large black communities in the Arab world today as a legacy of this slave trade and recent migration. Numbers of descendants from original slaves were limited by an incredibly high death rate and the fact that black African male slaves were regularly castrated and made into eunuchs for their Arab masters. Black people in the Arab world include former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, who was of Egyptian and Sudanese Nubian ancestry

(Image description: Portrait of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat)

Sadat was regularly ridiculed as being “Nasser’s black poodle” and people insisted that he “did not look Egyptian enough.” All despite the fact that Arabs didn’t colonize Egypt until the 600s AD and so could be identity checked themselves by black Egyptians. 

If you would like to see more examples of the rampant antiblackness in the Arab world, see these tweets.

Within the Arab world today Arab supremacy is a basic fact of life with incredibly dehumanizing effects on black Africans and indigenous Amazigh peoples in particular. And especially when we consider the fact that the Arab slave trade targeted black African women especially for sex slavery, the parallels in the power dynamics between a black woman and white man in the West and a black African woman and an Arab man within the Arab world today are likely a lot more similar than one might realize at first glance.

Letter to the Ankhs, Hoteps & Fake Deeps

Dear Ankhs, Hoteps & Fake Deeps,
Alkebulan is not the original true name of Africa. The name Africa was not given by the enemy to make us forget or destroy our history.
You should also know that Egypt is not the only country in Africa and with that being said, Africa is neither one country or one nation. Africa is a continent with 54 beautiful countries with over 2000+ languages, over 3000+ tribes and a huge amount of different cultures. Please respect the diversity of this vast continent. Also keep in mind that Egypt was not the only place in Africa where advanced ancient civilizations once existed or where Kings and Queens ruled. There is therefor no need to always and only mention or uplift Egypt because as you know or may not know, majority of the victims of the trans-atlantic slave trade came from the west & central parts of Africa so basically you’re most likely a descendant of African people who came from those areas.
Please do not spread false information about Africas history or cultures just because it screams pro-black and when you are called out for spreading misinformation on social media, do not block, delete comments. There is also no need to be rude. Just read your history correctly and always have sources to back up your facts to avoid such things.

Do not post pictures with captions like “A Black Queen should…” It is not your position to demand, command or advice women on how they should act. Your point of view or standards does not equal everybody elses.
Also, most of us black women are not like the women in the pictures you constantly post or repost. We are not all half naked, walking oil lamps with a tight curved body with gold painted on our butts and titties.
Please understand that the black female body is not yours to use for your sexist captions, memes, quotes, and misogynic thoughts and behaviour that you hide behind your so-called consciousness.

Homosexuality was not introduced to black people by the white man nor was it introduced to black people to whipe out the entire ‘race’. Babies are still being born within the black community so do not panic because maybe the only reason you did not realize that the black LGBT community is big might because you were not bothered to care that much before you became “woke”.

Respect other indigenous beings and their history, land and cultures! Just because the first of the human mankind appeared and came out of Africa does not mean that we are entitled to claim other groups, appropriate cultures and remake their history.

Every so-called unconscious black person are not coons, whitewashed, Uncle Toms, Massa’s puppet, house negroes or negropeans. The reason you call yourself woke is because you too were once at sleep, remember that.
So instead of spending your days online on social media bashing and insulting other black people for not being down with revolution or not being woke, try instead to understand what lies behind it.

Last but not least, demanding people to unite and build when you are most likely not doing the same is very hypocritical.

-Sincerely, tired black woman from the African continent.
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The whole crew is back this week with our look on this week's popular topics including but not limited to KKKellyanne Conway's thot shot in the oval office, Uncle Ben Carson's interpretation of the Tr

The whole crew is back this week with our look on this week’s popular topics including but not limited to KKKellyanne Conway’s thot shot in the oval office, Uncle Ben Carson’s interpretation of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the return of Nazi Nick Spencer, Remy’s follow up flop as well as Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out and there will be SPOILERS so you’ve been warned.

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Okay so for whatever reason it won’t let me post as an audio post anymore, and I’m sure it’s something to do with the tumblr update so here’s a link to the latest episode where we talk about all the big things this week with the entire crew! 

The finale was deep and I’ve been waiting to make this post so peep this underlying theme. Korra is the main character, who is a woman with melanin meaning that in the real world she has a deeper connection to Africa. Because of the evident melanin she is the underdog, subject to being in a camp most of her life to hone her skills (the field negro who was forced to work with little interaction with the outside world) until she escapes thanks to the advice of Katara, another melinated woman from the same region as her. When she makes it to the city she is cast as the underdog from the beginning, with hate groups literally trying to kill her and anyone of her kind with ties to the Spirit World. She loses almost all connection to her powers due to the oppression (Chi-Blocking) of Amon (White Supremacy) before meeting her past lives and regaining her powers.

Then she meets her uncle who appears to want her to fix the world by reuniting the spirit portals. They reopen the portals but at the cost of both light and dark spirits (angels, aliens, demons and shadow beings), as well as her uncle gaining power from a dark force. Her uncle represents the Uncle Tom Sellout Moor (not a true Moor) who only wants power for them self and does not care for struggle of the people.

In the process this Moor causes her to lose her past lives and her connection to the avatar state (representing the world prior to the so called Transatlantic Slave Trade caused by the Moors initiating war with various nations). She then meditates in a tree with nothing, no Ravaa, no Aang, nobody but herself. She finds her higher self without the need of Ravaa (crystals and raw gemstones) and becomes all powerful, reaching her Astral Projection state becoming the original Asiatic woman, a being of the most high.

Her past lives representing the oppressed however, once she loses all ties and starts anew, she represents the black man/woman regaining power and knowledge of self.

She reunites the spirit world with the human world representing December 21st 2012 but by being tricked by other people (New Agers and sell out Moors) to do it, bringing back the powers of people thought to be dead (air benders representing the lack of self knowledge). Korra goes off and as a fully realized Asiatic goes to fight a woman who fights with her third eye, and a man who has the power of flight from opening all 7 energy centers and cutting off his earthly ties. She is poisoned from this man and is blocked from her ties. She goes to her roots, the water tribes (Africa) and is healed to an extent from the same woman who gave her freedom. Later she runs away from home (Africom, look it up) to go on a spiritual journey. She then fights a woman after removing all poison but still has internal stress (Civil Rights, Crack Era, Slavery, major corporations blocking us from having much big business or power or unity). She goes to meet Zaheer and he teaches her to accept her past sins and go on with life not to make the mistakes again (reopening/cleansing the root energy center).


She then fights off the people attempting to annex land from every nation, with her unstressed self and creates a new portal. This is where that Eddie Griffin 1+1=3 video comes in. The portal looks like the the DNA Double Helix structure, but because it’s the third portal it can also represent the assumed third strand scientist have been saying lowkey we have been getting since the 80’s. 

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Korra has become a picture of what some us have been saying for long. You must figure out who you truly are, whether you are a Hebrew Isrealite, a Moor, Elohim, Nuwaub, whatever you decide to be don’t just focus on the physical but the mental, and spiritual as well. Your melanin gives you power as the original people.

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Turnbull’s Travels in the West

This 1840 volume, David Turnbull’s Travels in the West: Cuba; with Notices of Porto Rico and the Slave Trade, was written both to educate readers on the people and culture of Cuba and to condemn the practice of slavery in the Caribbean and in the United States. Turnbull, an ardent abolitionist, was named the British consul to Cuba in the year this book was published, but he was forced to leave the country only two years later because he was accused of inciting enslaved people to violence against their captors. Turnbull died in 1851.

The epigraph from the title page comes from Robert Burns’ 1784 poem “Man was made to mourn: A Dirge.”

To them, I wasn’t human enough to be a threat. I was their tool. I was nothing to worry about or fear. They saw me as they saw the Africans made slaves during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade hundreds of years ago. They saw me as many Arabs saw African slaves over millennium and how some still see Africans today. The Big Eye didn’t think they needed to put a leash on me because my leash was in my DNA.
—  The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor

Should Arab countries pay reparations for the slave trade too?

Fourteen countries of the Caribbean are seeking reparations from three European nations for the slave trade. While the British responsibility for the Trans-Atlantic trade rightly remains high on the agenda, perhaps there are other countries which should be.

The decision of the 14 countries of the Caribbean to engage British lawyers to seek reparations from three European nations for the slave trade has made the headlines. In June the Caricom leaders voted to pursue a claim against Britain, the Netherlands and France.

The firm they have engaged, Leigh Day and Company, had just won compensation for elderly Kenyans who were caught up in the Mau Mau uprising of the 1950’s. As the Guardian reported, Caribbean officials have not mentioned a compensation figure but they noted that at the time of emancipation in 1834 London paid £20m to British planters in the Caribbean, the equivalent of £200bn today.

“Our ancestors got nothing,” Verene Shepherd, chairwoman of the national reparations commission in Jamaica said. “They got their freedom and they were told ‘Go develop yourselves’.” While it is still unclear what the legal claim involves, some are thinking in terms of very large settlements.

The pending action raises a number of questions. For a start one could ask why the United States is not included in the list, since the cotton plantations of the South clearly benefitted from the trade in human lives.

But the issue is far wider. Why is the proposed claim focussing only on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and only on the past? The role of what is today the Arab world is of far greater antiquity and continues to this day.

In February 2003 a UNESCO Conference on “Arab-Led Slavery of Africans” was held in Johannesburg. The Conference’s final communiqué condemned slavery in all its forms, but went on to declare that “the Arab-led slave trade of African people predates the Trans-Atlantic slave trade by a millennium, and represents the largest and, in time, longest involuntary removal of any indigenous people in the history of humanity.” Since then a silence has descended on the debate.

Professor Robert O Collins, a historian at the University of California, presented a paper describing the transportation of Nubian slaves down the Nile to Egypt as early as 2900 BC. He says that raids on African communities continued for the next five thousand years.

Leaving aside some of the deeds of antiquity, and drawing on the works of other scholars, Collins concludes that some 12,580,000 slaves were exported from Africa between 800 AD and 1900. This was the human traffic that was taken across the Sahara, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Sultan of Zanzibar continued the trade until 1873, when the British navy intervened to end all slavery by sea, although the practice continued on the Sultan’s plantations in East Africa.

Collins points out that: “The historic obsession with the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas has often obscured the trade to Asia and slavery within Africa.” One look at the UNESCO website on slavery indicates that this bias has not diminished.

What is far more worrying is the almost total silence from the African Union, the United Nations and almost all other international bodies about the continuing scandal of modern Africa slavery.

A report into the practice in Sudan carried out by Anti-Slavery International (established in 1839 and the world’s oldest human rights organisation) in 2001 spoke of “thousands” of Africans being held in conditions of servitude. The Sudanese authorities bridled at the term ‘slavery’ being applied to their condition. But the report contained interviews with men and women who had been abducted at gunpoint and forced to work for their masters for years on end in the most brutal conditions.

Anti-Slavery concluded by quoting from their statement to the United Nations in 2000. “When women and children have been abducted, whether in the course of civil war or as a result of longer term conflict between different communities, and subsequently forced to work, or forced to marry, in the community where they are held captive, their treatment constitutes an abuse under terms of the UN’s conventions on slavery.“

Nor is Sudan alone. In Niger, Mali and Mauritania, Anti-Slavery believes the condition is perpetuated as what it describes as ‘descent based slavery’. The organisation says that this is the result of strict caste systems, which place people at the very bottom of the social hierarchy. “Typically people born into slavery are not allowed to own land or inherit property, are denied an education and are not able to marry outside of the slave caste. Any children born are automatically considered ‘property’ of the masters and can be given away as gifts or wedding presents.”

In theory, Mauritania banned slavery in 2007 – the last country in the world to do so. Since then just one person has been successfully prosecuted for owning another human being. Attempts to campaign against the practice have met with repression and campaigners jailed.

Terrible as the consequences of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade have been, and heavy as the British responsibility undoubtedly remains to this day, they should not blind us to responsibility of the Arab community - both for the past and for the present.

Martin Plaut is a fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. With Paul Holden, he is the author of Who Rules South Africa?     

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the whole Alex Tizon article? I've been seeing a lot of antiblackness explicitly and implicitly because we're not Filipino and it's not our culture. I think the implicit side is more insidious bc ppl are saying our outrage is "performative" and that Tizon is dead so what he did or didn't do doesn't matter. What do you think about all this? I love your thought and blog!

Hi anon!  Thanks for your questions and your compliments!

I apologize for any wait.  I am still going through my inbox. 

As a preface I want to say that I am not trying to condemn Filipinos or guilt them into feeling any kind of way.  I can only speak for myself as a slave descended black person from the U.S. where slavery was the law of the land for over 400 years and directly relates to how my people are treated today. 

Alright so I definitely read that article and I felt disgust.  From what I have read other people, from a variety of backgrounds, have had the same negative reaction that I had.  We might not be Filipino but slavery is not a purely Filipino *crime*, especially when much of the slavery took place on U.S. soil.  That kind of exploitation takes place all over the world  Also, “My Family’s Slave” is an article tailored for Western audiences, so of course that will be a part of the context.  People need to remember that.  You can’t put things up for public consumption and then be upset what the public has a reaction.  And it is *ridiculous* to try to blame black people for the actions of white people and say we oppressed Filipinos in order to deflect from our criticism. 

I really do dislike the claim that our anger is performative, it shows a lack of even basic knowledge about us as people (and despite what people on the “U.S. centrism” bandwagon like to claim, you should at least try to know about minorities in the U.S. before you tell us what we do and don’t relate to).  And what he did *does* matter no matter whether he is alive or dead (remember, repercussions of enslaving another person can last generations).

No one’s trying to censor it or dissect Filipino culture, they’re reacting to the godawful dehumanization of Eudocia (and many like her) *and* the fact that was who we were not too long ago over here.  People also make the mistake of equating us to white people; white outrage might be performative because they’re terrible at even recognizing the harm U.S. slavery did to us, so the fact that they suddenly care about slavery *now*?  Yeah that’s potentially problematic.  But people who defend Tizon and his family have a habit of using our enslavement as a gotcha against “Westerners”.  They act under the assumption that we only have U.S. slavery as a frame of reference when their system is different.  Which again is odd because I rarely if ever see those people recognize anti-blackness or slavery at all (and it ignores that there is slavery all over the world) in any other context and many even complain because they think that history of slavery gives us special protections. Anyone who isn’t a slave descended black person using the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade like that needs to stop.  

Here’s the thing, people don’t seem to understand *why* so many black people have been downright negative towards that article and I think it is because so many people really don’t relate to us as people with a past instead of tools to direct as they see fit.  But that is another issue for a different post.  People who don’t have a collective past of dehumanization and enslavement don’t understand.  For them, this “employment” is for people of a specific caste level and that they’re being done a favor.  For *us* its seeing how our great grandparents were treated…but in 2017.  And when someone’s excuses read, word for word, exactly like an antebellum slave owner in the U.S. there is a problem and it isn’t *us*.  We don’t buy the justifications, not because we don’t respect Filipinos, but because we’ve heard them before, a thousand times!  And when your history consists of millions of Eudocia’s, worked to death in some slaver’s home, raising those children while never being able to see their own?  It gets even more complicated.  When we see Eudocia, we see our ancestors, and the solidarity comes with the knowledge that if both groups (white slavers, people like Tizons) had their way…we’d both stay on that lower rung, being told “at least you have food and a roof over your head, we can’t live our American Dream unless we can take yours”.  

People also don’t understand what that kind of dehumanization does to a person, to their family.  Black people in the U.S. are *still* navigating through the consequences of our enslavement that ended at least 100 years ago, because that dehumanization formed a caste system, it decided what care we receive, what jobs we can get, how much money we can earn and where we can live.  It decides whether or not killing us even counts as a murder; and stealing our organs because “no one would notice anyways” is about as dehumanizing as putting a woman’s ashes in Tupperware and giving her back to her family 5 years after she died and being surprised that someone cared about her in the first place.  They don’t realize that when they wonder why we’re upset.

Also, there seems to be this idea that oppression and dehumanization is okay as long as the perpetrators aren’t white, which feeds into a lot of how we are treated as black people so we kind of see through that cultural relativism when it is used against other people. It never fails, “You can’t call this out because they’re not white!”   Is it okay because the Tizon family wasn’t *white* by U.S. standards?  If they raided an entire town and took Eudocia and her entire family and exploited them for multiple generations, would that be problematic enough then, since apparently doing it to Eudocia wasn’t enough on its own?  Or is it because she’s such a non-human to people that we all should be thankful she was at least a slave?  When is slavery okay and when is it a problem?  Is it only a problem when people can be performative about it? 

I know I said this is better addressed on a different post but I can also say that people can’t be selective on what black people are allowed to be outraged about.  It can’t be “white people exploit us as maids, be mad about that” and then “be okay with literal slavery despite your past as a people because its *us* doing the slaving*.  We aren’t tools that can be directed and redirected as they see fit, we are human beings with a particular experience and we are allowed to dislike slavery no matter the context.  If they don’t like that then they should be more respectful of us and our history. 

Finally…I see that very few people talk about * Eudocia* and her family.  Its like she’s a “non-entity” and the only people that matter are her former “employers”.  Its verbatim how people talk about slavery now.  No one is asking how she lived 56 years in that household as a slave, no one is asking about the toll on her family, about how they felt when they receive those ashes in such a dehumanizing in unceremonious way.  Black people identify with her because, again, not too long ago, those were our grandmothers, great-grandmothers, ancestors, and sometimes even mothers. But everyone else seems to only care about the impact on Tizon or how it makes *higher* Filipinos look, when that should be the least of their concern. 

It is a *sad* day when social justice says that we should be okay with the dehumanization and enslavement of a woman because her slavers wanted to live “the American Dream”, something Eudocia will *never* get the opportunity to hope for.  I don’t care about Tizon’s guilt when he had YEARS to free that woman, anymore than I care for the white slavers who had generations to free their slaves but chose comfort and their caste system over someone else’s humanity. 

I’ll always have so much confusion on how Europe was able to orchestrate mass genocide and the trans-Atlantic slave trade and still gets to exist with romanticized versions of states as if their wealth wasn’t created from the backs of my ancestors. Wild….

Dont reblog. I’ve noticed when it comes to Black Americans of displaced ethnicities; homegrown negroes, caribbeans, afro latinxs, displaced via the trans atlantic slave trade. many of folks push the “we were taken from all over” not getting all over west Africa. And aren’t aware of the specifics. a eurocentric education for you smh. a liberal pro black attempts which are often a felt extension of our white liberal education.

If you’re not of either of the ethnic groups, listed above in anyway, dont comment becuase you’re most likely not saying anything new to the situation of our displacement. no shade, but i’m not in a mood for diaspora wars and ppl stating shit like we don’t have the self awareness or check our own ppl.

I think that this is a very powerful art piece. 

The following sculptures are a representation of past Africans that were thrown overboard during the middle passage throughout the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. The artist Jason deCaires has created such art to honor African ancestors that past during the greed of slavery.

I need the Global Black community to start talking about Islamic imperialism
I need the Global Black community to start talking about the erasure and Genocide that happened because of Islamic imperialism
I NEEED THE GLOBAL BLACK COMMUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE ARABIC SLAVE TRADE. I fucking need for the the Global Black community to hold Arabs and and Islam fucking accountable for centuries of fucking oppression

And most importantly I need people that are are living in the US and have the urge to make this into a “ but Christianity !” Post to stay the fuck away from this fucking post