By Scotty Reid
Much is made about those who deny the Holocaust that took place in the 1940s in Germany where an estimated 11 million people were killed by Nazis, including 6 million white people classified religiously as Jews.
Because not many people deny an African Holocaust occurred that saw at least 50 million Africans perish en-route from Africa to South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands, the fact remains that there are people who believe Africans were not shipped in the hulls of ships to these destinations. One of the questions that some of these deniers ask is where are the ships that carried the captives to these foreign lands? When you consider that the exportation of enslaved Africans on ships lasted over 500 years, it is logical to assume that most of these wooden ships would not survive but every once in awhile the wreckage of these ships are found.
The latest find comes off the coast of South Africa where there were ports for the ships engaging in the transport of enslaved Africans. Artifacts from a 200-year-old vessel were recently discovered off the rocky coast of South Africa. The ship was of Portuguese origins and named the SAO JOSE and it sank with up to 400 enslaved Africans on-board en-route to Brazil which has one of the largest Black populations outside of Africa.
It is historical fact that not every Black person in North America were enslaved and the book “They Came Before Columbus” documents the African presence in the Americas well before the mass importation of enslaved Africans. However, one can acknowledge that African presence without denying that Africans were enslaved in huge numbers and exported to North America or any other places chattel slavery has existed outside of Africa.
One important thing to note when talking about slavery and North America and that is the fact that slavery was never abolished per the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution. When we look at the past, it is important to examine the present and the struggle for freedom that is ongoing for many non-white people within the corporate borders of the USA.