We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Other than the fact that Alex Haley's novel, Roots, about his lineage to Kunta Kinte was largely plagiarized and had no actual relation to his actual lineage, a major error he made in his story was that white Europeans captured the slaves to be sold to other white slave traders and sold to slave owners. They were mostly sold by other blacks to white slave traders and mostly to white slave owners but also to some black slave owners.
That fact, the fact that Indians had slaves (eg. Chief Seattle, for whom the city of Seattle was named, owned slaves), or the fact that the intellectual case for freeing slaves that started as ideas in England and became a central tenet of the philosophy of the founding (not all the founders) of the US and the predicate for freeing slaves in the 1800s as well as granting full rights of citizenship to blacks in the the 1960s and any other fact about slavery is interesting and worth knowing but it is immaterial in what we are going through now. None of this is about slavery or even about racism. There is no effort to correct anything or improve anything including justice or cultural norms. Intellectual arguments are worthless in dealing with this movement. It is all strictly about power.
One correction; they were mostly sold to African Arab/Muslim slave traders who sold them to anyone who would bid on them. Many were sold to Dutch and French ship captains who brought the slaves to the new world but many of them were sold into slavery in Northern Africa.
A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade―abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo’s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.
In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo’s past―memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.
Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.