As I am watching a program on the slave trade from Africa to America I feel a need to comment on how race relations in our country especially between the descendants of the slave owner’s, and the people that were owned. In my life so far I have talked to many people of different ethnic backgrounds who for the most part came to this country to have a better life than where they were born. The hope of opportunities not known at home makes America a very desirable place to call your second home.
The president of the United States can call part of his heritage African. This is something I could never imagine to see in my lifetime. The sad fact is that millions of African people were sold by other African’s to European, American slave traders. I seems that the chains, and tight confinement of that long disgusting voyage across the Atlantic. The smells, and noises had to break the spirit of those that made it to the new world of slavery, and confinement both physical and mental.
It seems that a lot of black people in this country are still confined mentally with the inability to take advantage of the opportunity that many of their forefathers suffered, and died during the centuries of slavery in America. Blacks in this country still for the most part find themselves at he bottom of the economic ladder, undereducated, lost in the prison systems of our country. As a new year is soon to be upon us we need to break those chains that are still letting others live the dream of America while we continue to suffer the results of “The Middle Passage.”