The Vice President, Kamala Harris, returned from the female slave jail at Cape Coast Castle visibly shaken after spending time there while being held captive. While Harris was inside the infamous dungeon of the slave trading outpost, she laid a bouquet of flowers out on the floor and placed her hand on the wall. By doing so, she was able to emotionally and physically connect herself to the suffering of the Africans who had been incarcerated there in the past.
It was a very rare display of emotion coming from the generally stoic and barrier-breaking leader, who was frequently reticent to talk about her own plight as a Black woman living in the United States. It was really surprising. While Harris was speaking in front of the cannons that reach down the ocean, she was standing at a makeshift podium, and her voice cracked as she talked. She proceeded to describe what she saw by making a number of observations seemingly out of the blue.
As soon as Harris came at the castle, which is a relic of cruelty that occurred across the Atlantic, he said that “being here was immensely powerful. The horrendous acts that were committed in this site. the blood that was shed precisely in this location.”
“It is imperative that one never forgets the horrible events that took place at this spot,” the author writes. This is a fact that cannot be denied under any circumstances. It is necessary to acquire both the knowledge of history and the ability to teach it.
It is a way for Western leaders to make amends for the sins of their ancestors, who shipped and sold African bodies, and to chart a hopeful future for the descendants of Africans who are still living on the continent and in other parts of the world. This is a way for Western leaders to make amends for the sins of their ancestors, who shipped and sold African bodies. It is a common practice for Western leaders to visit Cape Coast Castle while on official business in West Africa.