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Hello World, Do the ancestors of persons who benefited from "Slavery" suffer the most from "Dissociation," "Guilt" and or "Grief"?
I pose this question after listening to discussions brought upon after a showing of the film "Traces of the Trade", which was presented on Thursday October 9th 2008 at the "Grand Lakes" theater, in the city of Oakland Ca, for the "Black, Bay Area Film Festival".
Fortunately, my agent scheduled me to attend this event as part of the red carpet interviews, which highlighted the festival; otherwise I would have been at home completing my next assignment for school. Anyway, while watching the film, which took nine years to make, I couldn't help but to become emotionally affected and within thought, plotting retaliation against the oppressor. I excused myself for a brief moment, so as to bring myself back to reality.
The film was written, directed and produced by several people. Two women, of no relation, Katrina Browne, who is Caucasian (the director) and Juanita Brown, the producer, an African American woman currently living in San Francisco, were both in attendance and conducted a question and answer period following the film. Katrina Brown is said to be a direct descendent of Tom and James De'Wolf. In brief, the De'Wolf family, settlers of Bristol Rhode Island, was one of the first and most prominent developers of the "Triangle Slave Trade." They profited such a fortune, that many of the De'Wolf decedents still possess wealth today. Possibly not actual currency from the era of "Slave Trade" but inherited wealth from businesses derived and brought via the profit of slavery.
Within the film, it was odd to witness Katrina Browne and several of her distant relatives travel to Ghana and explore the forts in which Slaves were stored and prepared for trade. The demeanor of those who witnessed the cruel history as depicted through letters and archived information was transformed. I think, because slavery, to most Caucasians is nothing more then history depicted in textbooks, it's disturbing. The "out of sight and out of mind" aspect leads many Caucasians to not understand the harsh aftermath of slave history and how it affects many African Americans today. However, the transition of slavery to become more of a reality to Katrina's group bore various opinions. Those opinions were, "Disassociation, Guilt and Grief." Those thoughts led to discussions and then the topic of "What to do today regarding the history associated from slavery". That led to talk of "Reparations".
I spoke to a few colleges, who are not African American, about the topic of slavery and their knowledge of that area. One person thought that there may be a small amount of black people still alive today who once lived as slaves. Wow, that was odd for me to hear because slavery was abolished on December 18, 1865 via the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. I thought that my colleges would mention the "Emancipation Proclamation" of September 22, 1862 in which Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in Southern States only. I was prepared to explain that the executive order was a political ploy to gain more power in the "North" because of the "Civil War". Anyway, I was disappointed to discover that many of my non-African American colleges have no advance knowledge of slavery, possibly because of "Disassociation". Many of them told me that they've never given slavery much thought.
While speaking with more people regarding this subject, I discovered that my questions were endless; the discussion could take many routes that lead to subjective responses based on "Disassociation, Guilt and Grief".
So, what are your personal views regarding the subject of "Slavery" and how it relates to Caucasians today? Should educational requirements be greater? Is "Reparations" a topic worthy of implementation? And, are all races, (not just Caucasians) suffering from "Disassociation, Guilt and or Grief."