As I was looking at the news today I came across this article in regards to the abolition of slavery celebrations. Many in the black community still feel a lot of pain and hurt in regards to slavery. They feel too much emphasis has been placed on William Wilberforce over the anniversary, and no one has focused on the black freedom fighters. I heard a radio show on BBC Radio London a few weeks ago, and people were phoning in voicing the same message, yet it has gone unheard – I guess because there has been an agenda as usual.
Some people in the black community find it hard to sing the song Amazing Grace, because of it’s links with slavery. We must listen to how our fellow brothers and sisters feel about slavery, freedom day, and the whole abolition act. We must take on board how they are feeling, and pray for healing, and seek forgiveness for what our forefathers did to their forefathers. I’ll finish with a quote from the article, which I think sums it up:
People needed to know about “great black freedom fighters” such as Nanny Maroon, Yaa Asantewa, Bukman Dutty, Sam Sharpe and Toussaint Louverture, he said.
“We need to know that black people resisted at every stage,” he added.
“The only reason that rebellions on the slave ships were not more successful was because the British navy, as soon as Africans rose up… massacred hundreds at a time and took the ring leaders and quite often burned them alive.
“These things are what should have come out.”