…And they say, “get over it”
I don’t know what white Americans think when they see photos like these. However, I believe that it is important for all Americans to continue to see evidence of the brutality that the ridiculous, insulting notion of white supremacy produced. For people of the African diaspora, regardless of what country they’re living in, I believe it is vital to look at these photos until we begin to become aware of our emotional response to these photos. Because whether or not people of the African diaspora are aware of it, we are all living with deep seated pain. This pain eats away at our lives, contributes greatly to our response to situations that arise in our day to day lives and controls our destiny because it shapes our subconscious. As Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, has very clearly stated “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
We continue to degrade ourselves by not being able to face what our ancestors survived in order to give us our very lives. We can’t face them with a sense of honor, dignity and integrity. And that’s tragic.
This should have a million notes… we can sit and reblog a bunch of weed post (that gets almost up to 60,000 notes) but we cant reblog something REAL like this.
i got teary eyed.. & to think some white people in this world would not even mind if things went back to being this way. racism in 2012 ««« fucking sad.
Lest we forget
Thats why I don’t take racism lightly..not at all
I know that my ancestors were not slaves and yes some white people’s ancestors were not slave masters, but I still reckon it affects us all. It annoys me when people try and say that to not think it is that big a deal saying ‘white people were slaves too’ or ‘other tribes in Africa sold off slaves to these people’…that is not the point of these photos. Firstly, the amount of people enslaved here definitely would have been alot more, and I find that quite insulting…it’s like you’re playing down how bad this was when it shouldn’t be at all. Secondly, the main point is that what happened was horrific and should NEVER happen again. Don’t say ALL white people are to blame because that too is an ignorant comment to make- different generations in society and some even died trying to fight against this. But at the same time, they can think deeply about what it is like to not be considered even human but an animal. I know I don’t know what it feels like eitheras I have never been enslaved, but I guess the colour of my skin makes me in a way kinda understand. My mum who moved from Nigeria to England at 16 for sixth form got asked if she had a tail. I know in the 70s slavery was long gone (well, in the western world anyway), but it makes her identify with this guy in the photos and same with me too and probably alot of black people that a white person couldn’t do. So in the end, it’s alot deeper than you think and I just want people to be more sensitive of that, no matter what colour you are. Just remember that it was a terrible thing that happened which is a key part of history. End of.