jueves, 21 de mayo de 2015

A tight trip

If we go back to the times of slavery we are going to find with a lot of dramatics things and conditions, now I’m going to write a bit about one of them: Slave ships.
When I was reading an article the last week I realized the slaves was transported by ship, but in those ships were more than 500 people, including kids and women and all of them crowded, each one next each other, most of them couldn’t breath, therefore they died in the journey to The U.S.
After I red the article I started to search on the internet more information about, because I was really impacted, I couldn’t believe that.
I found a page with information about the conditions and all the trip on that ship, and I’ll let a little piece of information:

“Conditions aboard the slave ships were wretched. Men, women and children crammed into every available space, denied adequate room, food or breathing space. The stench was appalling - the atmosphere inhumane to say the least. The Reverend Robert Walsh served aboard one of the ships assigned to intercept the slavers off the African coast. On the morning of May 22, 1829, a suspected slaver was sighted and the naval vessel gave chase. The next day, a favorable wind allowed the interceptor to gain on its quarry and approach close enough to fire two shots across her bow. The slaver heaved to and an armed party from the interceptor scrambled aboard her.”

Here is a pic of the ship and also how the people was crowded.

Now… let’s reflect, if we were on that year what will you do?

Would you go out and fight for the civil rights, specifically, black rights?

If you want to read more about this I’ll let you two sources with interesting information: 

3 comentarios:

  1. Your entry has reminded me of a sad situation that has happened recently, I'm talking about the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, who were also victims of human trafficking. It seems like things haven't changed and we're still making the same mistakes.
    I think it's not necessary to imagine being in that period to agree and support civil rights movement, because segregation could never be good, at least for me, even if I think it was ''normal'' at that time.

  2. I'm sure that, with that number of people on board, they could have managed to control the ship and be free but when people are afraid and under control they forget the power that they have as a community.
    It has happened throughout the entire history. Everytime some culture think they're superior than others. It always end up badly.

  3. There are several films that try to show this kind of reality, I've seen some of them and I join what Rayen said. I always wondered myself why these people did not something for their freedom, with that number of people on board, they were majority... that's why I wonder what had I done in that situation? and the answer is simple: nothing.
    This is because our actions depend on our mentality, ways of thinking. At that time, these people were so repressed that they are not valued themselves and therefore they did not have the strength to fight.
    Hundreds of slaves were stripped of their identity and thus may no longer cared about nothing but survive a little longer so they did nothing to their risk. Also, on the other hand, I think there were people who no longer care about their life because they had lost their family ... then there were nothing to fight for.
    It is very sad, and put ourselves in their place I consider it somewhat irrational, because when someone lost hope it is hard to regain it.