One of the things that really annoys me about any conversations about Africans and the slave trade is the “they sold their own people into slavery” shit. Yes, some West African nations were complicit in the slave trade, and I am not trying to make excuses for that, but let’s be clear about who was introl of it. Europeans (and their descendants in the US and wherever else they landed).
I just read a really great critique by Margaret Kimberley of a really horrendous NY Times article about Ghana and the legacy of slavery, and what that means for Black folks in the U.S. You should check it out here.
And after you peep that, you need to dip into that change purse and get Spelman History Professor Anne C. Bailey’s African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Bailey spent many years living in Ghana and documenting the oral history of the slave trade from Ghanaian people. I learned a helluva lot from this book. And anyone who thinks that oral histories are less “accurate” than written accounts can just be damned. This book completely disproves that myth.
Now, back to grad school applications.