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I’ve had the greatest pleasure this year accessing not only legendary performers and a country’s birthday celebration, but also the deeply profound experience of visiting Cape Coast Castle.
To stand in the slave dungeons, to walk through the “door of no return”, were experiences that defy description. How does one begin to describe the impact that a place like this had on the history of the world? It’s beyond dank, depressing, sad, and terrifying. I went through the tour with a lump in my throat, a knot in my gut and watery eyes. Our knowledgeable and friendly Fanti guide displayed utmost sincerity, dignity, reverance and professionalism to each member of the group that went beyond his youth.
Unfortunately I will also remember some not-so-welcoming glares from a couple of the other tourists in my group. Except for me and my Ghanaian friend Fawaz, our group appeared to be made up entirely of African-American tourists. I guess I became a lightening rod for the anger and anguish they were undoubtably feeling. It hit me but I can understand it, given the emotional journey this is for people.
As much as I hate to differentiate, I am what you’d call white. Maybe I was the only “Obruni” there that day. No matter, I recommend EVERYBODY visit this place. It shouldn’t matter if your (recent) ancestry is Euro or Akan. This is a scar we all carry in some way. Too many genocidal tragedies have occurred on our watch. The holocaust, Yugoslavia, Nigeria (Biafra), Rwanda and Darfur. This must stop and never be repeated. As an advanced species, humanity cannot tolerate such acts. Our duty is to end war. How else to fulfill the vow that is set into the castle wall…
“IN EVERLASTING MEMORY
of the anguish of our ancestors
may those who died rest in peace
may those who return find their roots
may humanity never again perpetuate
such injustice against humanity