As soon as the class began I noticed that every person in there was white. Does anyone else feel that will either limit our discussions or direct them in certain ways? For instance when looking at American slavery, this will be an issue that we ‘may’ feel detached from. Im not sure that if I was a decendant of slave from the 18th century I would look at the sources in the same way. I am not going to speculate on how I would feel if I was in that position as I have no idea, but I am sure an African American would have different insights to me. Aslo, does anyone feel ‘guilt’ can play a part in how a white person discusses American slavery?
How did everyone else feel about that documentary “Diggining for Slaves” at http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/chronicle/8627.shtml
Personally I think it seemed a bit patronising. It was made in the 1990s I believe, and I doubt that if it was made now it would be made in the same way; which is shocking in itself because it shows how attitudes have changed in a few decades. Was interesting how they only very briefly mentioned the crossing over from Africa (and for some reason there was some very upbeat music playing in the background at that point). Also, with a documentary about Roman slavery I would assume that at some point they would mention Spartacus? Why didn’t African Americans get their mention of Nat Turner?