Thursday, July 29, 2004

Racial Understanding My Big Fat Foot

Role-Reversal in Planned Slavery Reenactment in Annapolis
Thursday July 01, 2004 10:53am

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0704/156553.html

Annapolis, Md. (AP) - Plans are underway in Annapolis for an unusual reenactment of the arrival of slaves in America - with 20 white people portraying the slaves and blacks posing as the slave traders.The white volunteers will wear wooden restraints similar to those used during the slave trade and will march to several historic landmarks.It's being planned for September 29th and is being organized by the Lifeline Expedition - a European company that has held similar marches in other countries associated with the slave trade.Annapolis is the first of ten East Coast cities that will stage similar events. Organizers hope the marches will promote racial understanding.City spokesman Jan Hardesty says the group has yet to provide a parade route, a crowd estimate or other details required for a parade permit

 

I first heard about this horribly ridiculous idea on Chris Core's show which is on during the evenings on WMAL in D.C.  At first, I couldn't help but laugh.  I mean, really...but then, as I started listening more and more, I almost felt sorry for the debilitating stupidity that these people suffer from.  "Organizers hope marches will promote racial understanding?"  Good Lord, they can't be serious, can they?  I mean honestly, promote racial understanding.  I do not understand the mind sets that these people have.  It is just pure craziness.  For any person to think for ONE MINUTE that dragging a bunch of British white folk around in chains and shackles while their black slave holders follow is going to promote "racial understanding" is just beyond me.  If anything, it causes further irritation, discrimination, HATRED.  I am not a racist person.  I'm not, but come on.  Haven't we had enough of this? Haven't we heard enough about the evils of slavery? We all know it was wrong.  We all know it was bad.  We all know that slavery goes against everything we as humans stand for.  We all know it.  Me. You.  Everybody!  To have slavery constantly thrown in my face makes me sick.  I don't understand the reasoning, and I never will.  Please, people of Annapolis, if I volunteer to be one of the white guys being drug around, will you promise me--no, promise the world--that nothing this stupid will ever take place again?  Stop throwing slavery up.  Stop reminding the people of the world every day about how evil it was.  We all know. 





2 Comments:

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Sherry said...

heh I'm glad you found the link and got a chance to "get your rant on" to more people than just me :P

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jeff,

I happened upon your blog while Googling to see if any more stories on the Lifeline Expedition.

If you think being a Republican at Shepherd is difficult now, be assured it was far more difficult when I went there in the 60's during the Vietnam War. There were not too many of us (and 18 year olds didn't have the vote, either)

Hope you are enjoying the band experience. Can't help but wonder if they still do "Swinging Shepherd" as a theme . . .

Jan in Annapolis

 

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