Project 365: Day 21/365 - The Vestiges of Slavery

January 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

ERIC ADELEYE

The first African slaves arrived in the English colony of America in Virginia in 1619. By 1860, there were over 4,000,000 slaves in the United States. I'll be the first to say I'm thankful to God that slavery eventually ended in the United States. I had never seen a cotton field in person until I moved to North Carolina, the cotton stretched as far as my eye could see in some fields. Seeing cotton in person brought slavery and my own studies of the subject into a new perspective for me. Every time I see a cotton field down here in North Carolina, I can't help but attempt to imagine how horrible life must have been for a slave. The summer heat of North Carolina is brutal and unrelenting. To think that my ancestors had to pick cotton and endure inhumane conditions is appalling to say the least. Hundreds of years later, the struggle for freedom from slavery continues in other countries where children and people are treated inhumanely and abused. I look forward to the death of racism one day soon.

This post was inspired by the song "Sun-up to Sundown" by Sounds of Blackness. The lyrics to the song are below:

"Sun-up to Sundown" by Sounds of Blackness

Sun up to sundown picking that cotton,
Sun up to sundown whipped by the master,
Sun up to sundown chains and shackles,
No more auction block for me,
No more auction block for me,
No more auction block for me,
No more auction block for me,
No more auction block for me.

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