If we forget our history, if we forget slavery…
end of the atrocity called slavery — easily man’s greatest inhumanity to
man — we need to ensure that the legacy of our forefathers, who fought
for freedom, is preserved and respected.
discount the value of our history and our need to recall. For it is our
unwavering view that only by knowing and exploring our history can we
truly understand why and how we are who we are. That, we hold, will
assist us better to move forward, particularly at this juncture when we
embark on our next 50 years as an Independent nation.
world to forget the fact that millions of our ancestors were forcibly
taken from their homes in Africa, transported thousands of miles across
the Atlantic Ocean in the most sub-human of conditions and sold like
livestock to the highest bidder in colonies.
adding to the resentment to colonial symbols and the concept of empire
that exists among blacks to this day.
should all take inspiration from the consistency of struggle and
resistance, both active and passive, of those who refused to accept that
slavery and brutality were justly their lot.
the risk of loss of life, ultimately led to the overturning of slavery
in 1834. And even then, the colonists freed only children under age six
and implemented the system of apprenticeship in a number of countries in
order to continue living well off the sweat of fellow humans.
accepted and implemented the abolition of slavery, as it was clear that
they refused to acknowledge the equality of all humans.
to be guided by the examples set by our freedom fighters, some of whom
are now recognised as national heroes.
them, must continue to be highlighted, in schools, communities, and
among young people. For it is those characteristics, coupled with a deep
understanding of our history, that will ensure our existence as a
people and sovereign nation.
criminals who, in reality, are enslavers, just like the colonial
masters. It is those characteristics that will go a far way in our quest
to strengthen justice and equity in our country.