I Am Sorry

While reading the three articles I enjoyed the two books because of stories behind each chapter. In the book Through the Storm, Through the Night by Paul Harvey, I love how it explains the story behind the people of Africa and their religious backgrounds. When reading the chapter is angered me to read about how the Europeans treated the Africans and how they were seen as barbaric. Just because people do not practice their faith in the same way as you does not mean you could strip them from their culture. While the white people would take the Africans off their country I felt as if they were entitled to have these human beings. These people have souls, feelings, culture, and history. By taking them off their homeland showed they had no care in the world about how the Africans were being affected. I was very upset on how white people took them and treated them like dirt. No being should be treated in such a disgusting way like of my ancestors were treated.

It was upsetting to read the stories in African American Religious History by Milton C. Sernett because people had cultures, religions, and spirits were strong when they were in their homeland. It was difficult for the Africans to adjust to the New World because they did not know where they were. The story that disgusted me the most was how the next generations would use their Christian faith to help them get out of slavery. The now African Americans would use scriptures as evidence on why there should be free but the white people did not want to hear it. African and African Americans were tired of being treated terribly that some would try to kill their owners in order to be free. It is sickening to read about what my ancestors had to go through and I am sorry. I am sorry that you could not stay in African like you wanted. I am sorry that there were people too lazy to do their own work. I am sorry that you were tortured, hung, raped, burned, and had your spirits broken. I am sorry for all that you went through but, I also thank you. Thank you for fighting back, standing up for what you knew was right in your hearts. I thank you for being strong and for giving the next generations after you a better future. It is because of you that my family and I are here today free like you dreamt about. Thank you for all that has been done. I am proud to say that because of you, we are all better off. Thank you for everything if it wasn’t for you America would not be as it is today. Thank you for starting the fight; we will use your strength and spirits to guide us as we fight ours.

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