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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:59 AM

 

POTUS & FLOTUS look out doorway where slaves departed from Goree Island

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Reply POTUS & FLOTUS look out doorway where slaves departed from Goree Island (Original post)
Triana Jun 2013 OP
silvershadow Jun 2013 #1
bigwillq Jun 2013 #2
KittyWampus Jun 2013 #3
demmiblue Jun 2013 #4
AtomicKitten Jun 2013 #11
JohnnyLib2 Jun 2013 #5
navarth Jun 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #21
navarth Jul 2013 #27
Iliyah Jun 2013 #7
FreedRadical Jun 2013 #17
Hekate Jun 2013 #8
Recursion Jun 2013 #9
dbackjon Jun 2013 #10
arely staircase Jun 2013 #12
4Q2u2 Jun 2013 #13
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #14
grahamhgreen Jun 2013 #15
TinkerTot55 Jun 2013 #16
Triana Jun 2013 #24
TinkerTot55 Jun 2013 #25
kentuck Jun 2013 #18
JI7 Jun 2013 #19
jaysunb Jun 2013 #20
Turbineguy Jun 2013 #22
Triana Jun 2013 #23
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #26

Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 PM

1. A very poignant pic indeed. nt

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:02 PM

2. Great pic.

 

K and R

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:03 PM

3. Door of No Return/Portal of Sorrow > I had to look up Goree Island on Wiki & got choked up reading:

 

Despite the controversy over whether it was truly an important hub in the trade. It's still the memories in our collective consciousness that get stirred up by the photos and memorial, IMO.


Door of No Return

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:04 PM

4. Haunting. K&R

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:21 PM

11. Yes it is. It's a picture for the history books.

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:11 PM

5. "One picture is worth..........."


Rec.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:26 PM

6. We've come so far

and we have so far to go. Very historic pic, thanks.

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Response to navarth (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:03 PM

21. So is this...

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #21)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

27. Yup. The Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum. I was there last year a couple of times

and their civil rights exhibit is pretty impressive. I talked to one of the curators and she told me this bus had been sitting in somebody's back yard rusting for decades. After the museum located it, they spent hundreds of thousands purchasing and restoring it. It really is something to see if you're ever in Detroit.

They also have the chair Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot. Pretty spooky.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:31 PM

7. Damn, ugly part of history

and just think that Clarence Thomas, Allan West and more blacks think that slavery need to return for blacks because it was the best thing tht ever happened to them.

UGH

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:26 PM

17. It isn't just those two, or a few blacks

In some non-black communities, that is a prevailing attitude.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:42 PM

8. Just so stark...

Thanks for the post

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:44 PM

9. Named after my ancestor

Sometimes our family history sucks.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:52 PM

10. That has to be emotional

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:22 PM

12. wow

that is really moving.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:28 PM

13. Emmitt Smith

I remember Professor Gates taking Emmitt Smith back to Africa and showing him the Doorway. Smith's roots traced right back to that village. He saw the Gate and broke down. A very emotional and transending experience. It almost acts like a time portal now when you look into it.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:56 PM

14. It must cause White Supremacists pain to know they will NEVER be able to own slaves again...

 

To that. I say, "Good."

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:08 PM

15. Bad spot for the roof drain

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:38 PM

16. I'm wondering how one goes about....

...getting a poster-sized enlargement of a photo like that? I certainly wouldn't want to violate someone's copyright of the original photo.

Btw, it's very sobering and sad to see how quickly our POTUS is going grey.

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Response to Triana (Reply #24)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:22 PM

25. Many thanks.

Thanks, Triana.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:48 PM

18. A fantastic photo!

Thanks.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:00 PM

19. where did most of those slaves end up ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:27 PM

20. Enslaved forever far from home.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:57 PM

22. I visited there in 1985

It was like a series of medieval dungeons but without the luxuries.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:30 AM

23. White House Diary entry on this visit:

 

. . .

Many people lost their lives here on Goree Island; many more died during the Middle Passage. And it is difficult to fully describe the heartbreak and despair I felt standing at the site of such unthinkable cruelty and suffering. It was almost hard for me to breathe as I thought about the terror and grief these men, women and children must have felt as they took their last steps through that doorway, knowing they would never again see their families or their country.

There is no way to undo what happened here at Goree Island and no way to erase the stain of slavery from our nation’s past. But there is also no denying the course that history has taken since that time. Since then, we’ve seen so many brave men and women rise up against slavery and segregation – folks like Harriet Tubman who led an underground railroad to freedom; and William Wilberforce and Frederick Douglass who spent their lives speaking out against slavery; and Dr. Martin Luther King who sacrificed his life working to fulfill his dream of a more just, more free America.

People who came through this island could never have imagined how history would unfold. And they certainly could never have imagined that someone like me – a descendant of slaves – would come here with her own family, and look out through that door of no return. And maybe, in the end, that is an argument for hope even in the face of the most unspeakable horrors, because time and again – both in America and around the world – we have seen that cruelty and oppression are no match for people of conscience who commit themselves to the cause of freedom. So I hope that in your own lives, instead of being overwhelmed by the tragedies of our past, you will take inspiration from the triumphs of history’s heroes – and I hope you will follow in their footsteps to create a better future.


(Michelle Obama)

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THE REST:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/27/flotus-travel-journal-visiting-goree-island

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:25 PM

26. That's gotta be a chilling

Place for our my First Lady to stand.

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