“WHY DIDN’T THE SLAVES JUST ASK FOR MORE MONEY?" Slave market. Zanzibar.
A profoundly wrenching experience. I only grasped a faint glimpse of the unimaginable desolation which swamped the original occupants of these dungeons.
What manner of morality underlay the most brutal and protracted holocaust in recorded history?
Most visitors were riveted by the tour guides’ narrations of the unspeakable cruelty that was inflicted by the slaves’ abductors, transporters, merchants and owners.
“Why didn’t the slaves just ask them for more money?” chirped one tourist.
Female, forties, Asian and earnest. I didn’t sense that she set out to be cute or deliberately provocative. Just genuinely puzzled that over 300 years of persecution, it never occurred to one of the 12 million victims of this mass murder to agitate for sweeter employment standards.
The evidence may be articulately curated before us, in the end, we all hear only what we wish to hear and avert our eyes to what we do not wish to see. #slavemarket #zanzibar #tanzania #slavetrade #holocaust #pogrom #cruelty #savagery