Tag: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Opinion | Kidnapping On Highways In The Yoruba West: We Are Back To The Slave Trade Era

By Jiti Ogunye In the Trans-Atlantic slave trade era, slave raiders, called “ipata” used to harvest people on footpaths and on farms in the Yoruba heartland. Their preferences were strapping young men […]


Perspective | I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

West calls his struggle the right to be a “free thinker,” and he is, indeed, championing a kind of freedom—a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to profit off a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom of John C. Calhoun, not the freedom of Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom of Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror’s freedom, freedom of the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom of rape buttons, pussy grabbers, and fuck you anyway, bitch; freedom of oil and invisible wars, the freedom of suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom of Calabasas.