Last weekend our group traveled to Elmina, Ghana for a weekend excursion. We visited the Kakum national forest with its famous ‘canopy walkway’ and spent most of Saturday on the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. We also visited and toured the St. George’s castle in Elmina. This castle has been used for many things over the years. But by far the most galvanizing is its use as a port for the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the seventeenth century. Upon thinking of a word to describe the experience a few came to mind, ‘sobering’ seemed to top the list. The reality of the atrocity of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was visible and palpable. I spent most of the time in the castle feeling emotionally numb. The absurdity of slave trade is obvious simply by reflecting on the loss of humanity. I feel most everyone who visits the slave castle in Elmina prays the same prayer as the plaque in the middle of the castle longs for, “May human kind never again perpetuate this type of wickedness”.
Here is a spoken word poem about slavery, genocide, and hope by Micah Bournes. Micah is a poet and signer from Southern California. He works mostly with the theme of Justice and how that fits in with theology. This video is very thought provoking and well done. In some places it is difficult to hear, so I took the time to transcribe the lyrics.
On a personal note, the slave fortress where most of this video takes place is one of the places I will visit while in Ghana next semester. It will be interesting to see where fellow humans were bought and sold and to contemplate the reality that we have not changed very much at all. But as Christians we can live renewed lives through faith in Christ.