The House of Slaves, Door of No Return on Gorée Island: This island is the most western point of Africa and was the largest slave trading center on the African coast for more than 3 centuries. Millions of people from different regions were brought to this tiny island and packed into slave houses (literally living on top of each other). Slaves were introduced to torture, malnourishment, disease, rape, and a plethora of inhumane acts. The people were stripped of everything African; their names, cultures, families, and most importantly the country in which they originated. Once a person was held captive on this island, there was no escape. No where to run. No where to swim when the island is surrounded by shark infested water. A forceful step through this door meant "No More Africa". Your destiny would now be determined by your ability to survive the most fucked up, three month boat ride... And then you meet hell and the Devil. You were sold to the Americas. When I say, "you", I mean people that looked something like me.
600 million people died in one of the 8 Houses of Slaves built on Gorée Island.
Millions more died during the boat ride.
Millions more died throughout slavery.
And white people want us to forget about it?
An ancestor of mine could have been forced through that door, knowing that he/she would never see or feel home again. The Door of No Return is important because... Well I came back!
This is my second visit to Africa. I've visited two different countries: Senegal and Ghana. On both occasions, no one told me, "Welcome to Senegal or Ghana"... They all said, "Welcome home, my sister!" Now that's L O V E.
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