The slave trade was conducted by the Europeans in order to raise their profit of sugar plantation, and they cornered Africans into a harsh situation during and after the voyage. From the early 1 ass’s to the early 1 ass’s, the Europeans increasingly bought slaves from Africans who needed weapons and other food supplies for their ongoing wars. To maximize the profit, the captains of slave ships wanted to carry as many healthy slaves for as little cost as possible by choosing either a loose or a tight packing system.
From the 1 COO’S to the mid 1 odd’s about 12 million black slaves were shipped from Africa to the Western World, enduring brutal and crowded conditions which caused the slaves to have a horror of death and diseases. Approximately 2 million blacks died during the journey, about 65 percent of them were transported to sugar colonies like Brazil and Cuba, and about 6 percent of the black slaves were sent to North America. Slavery became widespread in South America as well as in other sugar colonies.
Slaves in Latin America were maltreated since the welfare laws that were enacted to protect the slaves were poorly enforced. However, slaves in the united States generally had a utter life than those in South America, even though slavery there was also as cruel as it was in Latin America. All in all, Africans had to suffer from inhumane conditions without the protection of laws on the way to America and after the long voyage, just for the sake of the white people’s profit. Part 2: Why was so indifferent to the agony of people who were discriminated against even though I myself am a visible minority?
This was the first question that popped into my mind after the last group’s presentation. To be honest, have always had a horror of being discriminated against by racists. However, I only cared about my own problem. I was completely ignorant about other people who were maltreated and their miserable history. This topic, the history of African slaves, would not interest me at all unless I had the opportunity to learn about it in class. Therefore, there were many new facts did not know before doing this activity since my understanding of slavery was only superficial.
One new fact was that the slave trade had been conducted since ancient times. Another new fact was that the majority of black slaves worked on sugar plantation. I could also learn about the Bureau of refugee and abandoned lands, which helped the African slaves resettle by offering hem food and other supplies and setting up hospitals and schools. Other than these three facts mentioned above, found it interesting that Harriet Tuba, a well-known leader who aided African slaves to escape, was once a slave herself.
The reason why was impressed by her was that she never gave up helping people live better lives despite her condition of being a female slave. She escaped from slavery and escorted slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Not only that, she raised money to educate black people, assisted the elderly and the needy African Americans, and contributed to the improvements in the rights of women. Her story taught me a lesson that can overcome any obstacle and do something for people around me as long as I do not give up. Thanks to the efforts of people like Harriet Tuba, slavery could be banned.
Abolition of slavery played a significant role in actualization the principle of equal treatment of persons irrespective of not only races but also gender and religion. It has had a positive impact on society in that people started to understand it was important to support and respect diversity. However, think other forms of discrimination still remain: age, appearance, social standing, sexual orientation, intelligence, ethnicity, and so on. Furthermore, even now, there are people who suffer from a similar type of treatment as Africans did.
For example, North Korean defectors who are repatriated to their country are enduring a tough life. They are segregated from other people and work like slaves since they were sentenced to do forced labor for the rest of their lives. This is because they have different political views and had tried to escape from North Korea. If they violate the rules made by the Communist party, they are at a risk of execution. In my opinion, it is time for us to give people ho are discriminated against continued interests.
Discriminated people are all people like us, and there is no reason for them to be treated like that. We have the words to change our society and the power to rewrite our history. To let the world know about these people and to raise awareness, we can start from a little thing such as joining a school social justice club. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The only difference be;en man and man all the world over is one of degree, and not of kind, even as there is between trees of the same species. Where in is the cause for anger, envy or discrimination? ”