You’d be hard-pressed to find an event in history as pivotal and underreported as the American slave trade. Just so we’re clear, I mean the continental term America. Not just the national term. Yes, we know it happened. Yes we know it was horrible. But I think we need to know more, otherwise, and I know this sounds pretty cliche, history repeats itself.
Over the last month or so, we’ve examined The Book Of Negroes, a fictionalized first-person account of the slave trade, from the perspective of Aminata Diallo, a slave turned diplomat. The book delves into great detail about the lives and circumstances that the slaves experience. I really enjoyed it. It had one of the best protagonists I have seen in a long time. You find yourself rooting for Aminata and her companions the whole time, hoping that they make it through alive. The plot is interesting as well, though it may seem rushed in some parts and painfully slow in others, you are drawn into it nonetheless. There’s a lot there for history buffs like me to obsess over. To my own surprise, a lot of the characters who I thought were fictional, turned out to be based on real historical figures, so there’s that. All in all, it was an enjoyable book.
Where do I start? We’ve had an interesting year last year, with more reported cases of neo-nazism, sexual assault cases, diplomatic failure, and, well I guess this happened this year, the leader of the free world calling other countries S***holes. You have to admit, that we seem to be taking a few steps backward on the evolutionary scale. I think the root of the problem, is a general lack of empathy. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, a lack of knowledge with the past. That’s why, it is extremely important that more people read books like this, and gain more perspective of the world. It may have happened 3 centuries ago, but because of the reasons I mentioned above, the slave trade is still a relevant issue today. Oh, and let’s not forget that slavery is still a thing. It didn’t just disappear. 20.9 million people are still forced to do labor today.
I’d recommend this book to just about anyone that can read. People need to know about this issue, and we need to start teaching empathy and tolerance. This book does a great job of putting you in someone else's shoes and allowing you feel what they feel. It allows you to broaden your perspectives. Honestly, I think books like this are what society needs most rights now.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It was an awesome experience for me to watch Aminata grow as a character, and interact with the world around her. But this is usually my least favorite part of any book. After your done reading it, you feel as if there's a hole in your life. It’s been a blast blogging again. I hope to see you guys sooner rather than later. Don't stop reading at my expense though. Keep going. I should see you again soon. As always, have a great day, and don’t forget to be awesome.