Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
A day to reflect on how slavery affected and shaped the world. It is a day to remember the atrocities that happened. In remembering we honour those who were harmed and killed by a brutal system that did not value human life, a system that viewed black lives as lesser. The effects of the slave trade are still felt throughout our society today and we need to take a look at today’s society because we still have a long way to go in regards to how we enslave individuals in our modern world.
Below is a tidbit of information of how the slave trade affected one of my major ethnic backgrounds.
More than 2 million slaves were sent from the Bight of Benin to the New World, and among them were many from Benin and Togo’s major ethnic groups. The Adja, Mina, Ewe and Fon groups of this region were the third-most enslaved groups sent to the New World. (www.ancestry.com)
I have a hope for the ancestors of the people who were enslaved by the cruel human trade that was legitimized for a long time by racist set of views, that have no place governing anything on our earth. My hope is for them to rise up and realize their worth. To rise and claim their space and no long make apologies or space for negativity that cuts into who they are a a person.
For more information on this day of remembrance please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/