2 comments on “The Price of Freedom

  1. I don’t entirely see the relation between Holocaust and Slavery victims. Based on your analysis, the similarity would be that both groups could not be reunited with family and return home but then you switch when you speak of slavery to say the slaves are homeless and jobless. This wasn’t mentioned with the holocaust group. But I do like the idea of not being able to forget.

    A holocaust victim and a slave may both have been starved at least once and treated under horrible conditions. They couldn’t make too many friends because those friends would soon be sold or killed or run away. Both were sad and lonely lives where not even family was guaranteed. And Amy’s quote works well in the idea of being freed as a form of returning to life. Neither group has an easy road ahead of them upon their release. The path to true freedom takes a lifetime, a lot of pain, and a lot of struggle, but both groups have succeeded in surviving.

  2. Coming from a history major’s perspective I enjoyed reading the piece, because, to me, there are definitely connections linking both groups of victimized people. In light of your argument (that they have both been physically and mentally abused), I think it is interesting to note not they physical aspect but also the cultural.

    The core principle of the Holocaust, and also other genocides that have occurred, if to wipe out an entire race or ethnicity. While the African slave trade did not seek to eradicate all African slaves from the face of the Earth, they certainly strove to remove Africans from their historical roots and assimilate them into their Westernized, Judeo-Christian roles of slaves, thereby, attempting to eliminate any form of tie they had with their culture.

    While reading your piece, I kept being reminded of a scene from the movie Roots, which I have linked:

    So, although plantation owners during Antebellum south through the Reconstruction era were not necessarily systematically murdering their slaves, the practice of owning slaves definitely had a negative impact on the African population, it also worked as a form of culturicide.

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