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#1 Posted on 24.8.04 1514.36
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I'm really not sure what to say about these stories except that I really want to see television coverage of this event because I have a sneaking suspicion that this will reach epic levels on the unintentional comedy scale. Also, I feel really sorry for the people who are going to foot the bill for the city council members who just ensured that Annapolis becomes the location of choice for hate groups of all sorts to go in order to hold free marches and get the city to pay for the police protection.

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http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20040727-120636-5827r.htm
The City Council last night voted to waive all permit fees for a planned September "slavery reconciliation walk," where whites, instead of blacks, will march through the streets in chains to promote harmony between the races.
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The Sept. 29 march, which some reports have called a re-enactment of the slave master and slave with the roles reversed, sponsored by Lifeline Expedition, a British organization, was approved last night in a voice vote.
The event is expected to bring between 500 and 1,000 people to the state capital. While most of the people walking whites in chains and blacks as the slave traders will be from London, the event organizers said they would welcome Annapolis residents who want to join. As of now, however, they expect 20 participants in the march.
Organizers asked that the fees be waived because they are trying to earn money to bring the people to Annapolis and didn't want the added expense of paying about $2,000 for parking spaces, five police officers to work security and numerous street closures.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WV_SLAVERY_RECONCILIATION_WALK_WVOL-?SITE=PAPIT&TEMPLATE=home.htm

A "slavery reconciliation walk" on Sept. 29 is to start at City Dock, where slave Kunta Kinte was brought into the United States and where a memorial stands in honor of him. The unusual demonstration will include white marchers wearing chains and yokes while being escorted by black people, and everyone will wear T-shirts with a message of apology.

The Lifeline Expedition is a dramatic event meant to shock observers into talking and thinking about slavery, organizers say.

But more than a month before the demonstration starts its 10-city U.S. tour, it's already attracting attention - of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, W.Va.

Calling the demonstration "racist street theater," the alliance placed 1,500 fliers, wrapped in plastic bags weighted with small rocks, outside homes all over Annapolis last weekend. The fliers, titled "Say No to White Guilt!", urged residents to speak out against Lifeline's march, which "has been shaming and humiliating White people" since it began in Europe four years ago.

Taxpayers should protest, the fliers urge, the city's decision not to charge the group the $2,000 it will cost for police services and roadblocks.

On Monday, the president of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation held a news conference at City Dock to denounce the "hate mail."

"They're trying to take something about healing and transform it into something negative, and our community won't stand for it," said Leonard Blackshear, whose organization is helping sponsor the event.

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#2 Posted on 24.8.04 1532.30
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Since this is home turf for me, I would like to point out that just about nobody wants them here...
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#3 Posted on 24.8.04 1544.52
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The event is expected to bring between 500 and 1,000 people to the state capital. While most of the people walking whites in chains and blacks as the slave traders will be from London, the event organizers said they would welcome Annapolis residents who want to join. As of now, however, they expect 20 participants in the march.

So a bunch of English people are going to come over and have a "we're so sorry about the slavery that happened in America" walk? Should we go over there and stage a "we're sorry about the feudal system, indentured servitude, and Prince Charles' ears" walk through Picadilly Circus?

Or maybe I'm reading that the wrong way...
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#4 Posted on 24.8.04 1926.09
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So a bunch of white people are going to come to the nearby towns and take all the adults into slavery? Then kill the old people and children? Sell 75% to Canada? Then ignore all of the above and feel blame Angola for it later?
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#5 Posted on 24.8.04 2052.32
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    The event is expected to bring between 500 and 1,000 people to the state capital. While most of the people walking whites in chains and blacks as the slave traders will be from London, the event organizers said they would welcome Annapolis residents who want to join. As of now, however, they expect 20 participants in the march.

    So a bunch of English people are going to come over and have a "we're so sorry about the slavery that happened in America" walk? Should we go over there and stage a "we're sorry about the feudal system, indentured servitude, and Prince Charles' ears" walk through Picadilly Circus?

    Or maybe I'm reading that the wrong way...


Considering that the English were the ones who profited from it for almost 175 years before the Revolutionary War, it makes some sense. In many ways they were responsible. Read up on the history of the trade from the colonies to Britain and so forth.
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#6 Posted on 24.8.04 2310.45
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I know my American History, good Doctor. (Or at least my American history from the biased American textbooks I given to me by biased teachers in a biased school system that is pro-USA and anti-everyone else, right? RIGHT?) The triangle trade and such...

What I don't really GET is some young (presumably) English men and women having a conversation about slavery that goes a little something like this:

Guy 1: "I was just catching up on the history of America, 18th amd 19th-century."
Guy 2: "Truly?"
Guy 1: "Indeed, old chap. Did you know they took thousands of Africans back by force and kept them as SLAVES?"
Guy 2: "You mean like sex slaves?"
Guy 1: "No, you twit. Real slaves! They had them pick cotton and tobacco and treated them less than human. It was AWFUL."
Guy 2: "Sounds awful, indeed. But they don't do that any more, right? I mean, that one Lincoln fellow that has the big statue of him sitting in the big chair, didn't he end slavery over 60 years ago?"
Guy 1: "Correct. But I just feel terrible about it happening. Wish I could do something to help those poor chaps."
Guy 2: "Well, *chuckle*, if I happened today I reckon people would be protesting."
Guy 1: "That's BRILLIANT!"
Guy 2: "What is?"
Guy 1: "We'll get all of our mates and have a protest..."
Guy 2: "But there isn-"
Guy 1: "...I'd bet we could get a couple DOZEN people..."
Guy 2: "It's been over a hund-"
Guy 1: "And we'll march in PROTEST. Of SLAVERY."
Guy 2: "But noone's FOR sla-"
Guy 1: "OOH! AND, We'll do it in AMERICA. Washington, DC! It'll be smashing!"
Guy 2: "WAIT A DAMN MINUTE!"
Guy 1: "What?"
Guy 2: "Let me seeif I've got this straight on. You think WE should call everyone we know and tell them to join us in going across the Atlantic and having a protest to commemerate the fact that we're against something that has been abolished since 1863, and that nobody's even remotely for anymore?"
Guy 1: "Absolutely. It'll be GREAT fun."
Guy 2: "Start making calls while I go find my passport."

    Originally posted by Dahak
    So a bunch of white people are going to come to the nearby towns and take all the adults into slavery? Then kill the old people and children? Sell 75% to Canada? Then ignore all of the above and feel blame Angola for it later?


Huh? Seriously, WHAT?!
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#7 Posted on 25.8.04 0741.37
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Sorry Jay let me explain. It was other Africans who did almost all of the rounding up of the slaves. That had more to do with Europeans dying of dieseases than any moral reason but the truth is there. It was the same Africans who killed the old people and small kids because they weren't worth any money.
Most of the slaves went to either the Ottaman Empire or other Islmamic countries. The exact number is debated but about 2/3 went to Islamic countries not European.
I usually bitch about how most people base all their "facts" on slavery on the mini-series Roots. This just proves that even more. Kunta Kinte was captured and sold into slavery by blacks not whites. They should just read the book.
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#8 Posted on 25.8.04 0750.25
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Remember, there is also the history of whites being taken as slaves too, but nobody seems to be lining up to reenact that.
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