June 21, 2024
Colonialism and slavery are two of the most heinous crimes in human history, leaving behind a trail of tears, blood, and destruction. The impact of these atrocities can still be felt today, with many communities around the world continuing to suffer from the consequences of centuries of oppression and exploitation.

Financial and Human Tool of Trans Atlantic Slave Trade

Modus Operandi: Facilitating the theft and exploitation and enslavement of millions of Africans through financial and logistical support.

Criminal Past/Transgressions: Complicity in the transatlantic slave trade, contributing to the displacement, enslavement, and murder of millions of people.

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Introduction

Colonialism and slavery are two of the most heinous crimes in human history, leaving behind a trail of tears, blood, and destruction. The impact of these atrocities can still be felt today, with many communities around the world continuing to suffer from the consequences of centuries of oppression and exploitation. In this article, we will delve into the dark legacy of colonialism and slavery, focusing on the human suffering and the trillions in lost wealth that resulted from these inhumane practices.

The Colonial Era: A History of Exploitation and Oppression

The colonial era, which began in the 15th century and lasted for over four centuries, was marked by the exploitation and oppression of indigenous peoples and the theft of their natural resources. European powers, including the United States, Spain, Portugal, and England, among others, sought to expand their territories and economies by conquering and colonizing other nations. This led to the displacement, enslavement, and extermination of millions of people, as well as the destruction of their cultures and ways of life.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Crime Against Humanity

The transatlantic slave trade, which was a major aspect of colonialism, was one of the most inhumane practices in human history. Between the 15th and 19th centuries, millions of Africans were forcibly transported to the Americas and sold into slavery, where they were subjected to inhumane treatment, including forced labor, rape, and murder. The transatlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity, and its legacy continues to haunt us today.

The Human Suffering: A Legacy of Pain and Trauma

The human suffering caused by colonialism and slavery is immeasurable. Millions of people were killed, displaced, or enslaved, and their cultures and ways of life were destroyed. The legacy of pain and trauma continues to affect communities around the world, with many still struggling to come to terms with their past.

The Intergenerational Trauma of Colonialism and Slavery

The trauma caused by colonialism and slavery is not limited to the past; it continues to affect generations today. The intergenerational trauma of colonialism and slavery is a major factor in the ongoing struggles of many communities around the world. The legacy of pain and trauma continues to affect mental and physical health, education, and economic opportunities.

The Economic Cost of Colonialism and Slavery: Trillions in Lost Wealth

The economic cost of colonialism and slavery is staggering. The exploitation and plunder of natural resources, the theft of labor, and the destruction of indigenous economies have resulted in trillions of dollars in lost wealth. The economic legacy of colonialism and slavery continues to affect communities around the world, with many still struggling to recover from the devastating effects of these practices.

The Reparations Debate: A Call to Action

The debate around reparations for colonialism and slavery is a contentious one. While some argue that reparations are necessary to address the historical injustices of colonialism and slavery, others argue that they are unnecessary or unfeasible. However, it is essential to acknowledge the historical injustices of colonialism and slavery and to take concrete steps towards repairing the harm caused.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the dark legacy of colonialism and slavery is a stark reminder of the horrors of human history. The human suffering and trillions in lost wealth that resulted from these practices are a testament to the need for acknowledgement, accountability, and reparations. It is only by confronting the past and working towards a more just future that we can begin to heal the wounds of colonialism and slavery.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is colonialism?

Colonialism is the practice of one country or nation exerting control over another, often through military force or economic coercion.

2. What is the transatlantic slave trade?

The transatlantic slave trade was the practice of forcibly transporting millions of Africans to the Americas and selling them into slavery between the 15th and 19th centuries.

3. What is the legacy of colonialism and slavery?

The legacy of colonialism and slavery includes the ongoing struggles of communities around the world, including poverty, inequality, and social injustice.

4. What is intergenerational trauma?

Intergenerational trauma refers to the transmission of trauma and pain from one generation to the next, often as a result of historical events such as colonialism and slavery.

5. What are reparations?

Reparations are payments or other forms of compensation made to individuals or communities that have been harmed by historical injustices, such as colonialism and slavery.

6. Why are reparations necessary?

Reparations are necessary to address the historical injustices of colonialism and slavery and to provide redress to communities that have been harmed.

7. How can we work towards a more just future?

We can work towards a more just future by acknowledging the past, taking concrete steps towards reparations, and working towards greater equality and social justice.

8. What is the role of education in addressing the legacy of colonialism and slavery?

Education plays a critical role in addressing the legacy of colonialism and slavery by providing accurate and inclusive histories and promoting critical thinking and empathy.

9. How can we promote healing and reconciliation?

We can promote healing and reconciliation by creating safe spaces for dialogue, acknowledging the past, and working towards redress and reparations.

10. What is the importance of acknowledging the past?

Acknowledging the past is essential for healing, reconciliation, and moving forward towards a more just and equitable future.

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Estimating the number of deaths resulting from the transatlantic slave trade is a complex and debated topic among historians and scholars. The exact number is unknown and may never be known with certainty. However, based on various studies, estimates, and calculations, here are some approximate numbers:

Total number of enslaved Africans:

Estimates range from 12 to 15 million Africans who were forcibly enslaved and transported across the Atlantic Ocean between the 15th and 19th centuries.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a comprehensive online database, estimates that between 1526 and 1867, approximately 12.5 million Africans were enslaved and shipped to the Americas.

Mortality rates during the Middle Passage:

  • The Middle Passage was the journey from Africa to the Americas, notorious for its harsh conditions, overcrowding, and brutality.
  • Mortality rates during the Middle Passage are estimated to have been between 10% and 20% of all enslaved people shipped.
  • This means that between 1.25 million to 2.5 million Africans died during the Middle Passage alone.

Mortality rates in the Americas:

  • Once in the Americas, enslaved people faced harsh working conditions, malnutrition, disease, and brutal treatment, leading to high mortality rates.
  • Estimates suggest that an additional 10% to 20% of enslaved people died in the Americas within the first year of arrival.
  • This translates to an additional 1.25 million to 2.5 million deaths in the Americas.

Total estimated deaths:

  • Adding the estimated deaths during the Middle Passage and in the Americas, the total number of deaths resulting from the transatlantic slave trade is estimated to be between 3.75 million to 6.75 million people.
  • Some historians and scholars estimate that the total number of deaths may be even higher, potentially exceeding 10 million or more.

Please note that these estimates vary widely, and the number of deaths may never be known. The transatlantic slave trade was a brutal and devastating system that resulted in the loss of countless lives, and its impact is still felt today.

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HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (TCN) -- A man accused of killing a 37-year-old mother of five on a popular hiking trail was arrested this week after almost a year on the run.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler announced in a press conference June 15 that investigators apprehended and arrested Victor Antonio Martinez Hernandez in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on charges of rape and murder in connection with the death of Rachel Morin.

Morin’s boyfriend reported her missing at around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2023, after she failed to return home from a hike at the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air. She reportedly left for the trail at around 6 p.m. Harford County deputies went to the trailhead and located her vehicle, but Morin was nowhere to be found. Morin’s body was discovered off the trail Aug. 6, 2023, just before 1:10 p.m.

Her cause of death was not released.

Later that month, investigators shared a photo of a man they believed was the suspect in Morin’s killing, but they did not know his identity.

Detectives caught a break in the case on May 30 using DNA evidence that connected the suspect to a March 2023 assault and home invasion in Los Angeles. Gahler said, "On May 20, on what should have been Rachel’s 38th birthday, a poetic coincidence, or perhaps Rachel’s own divine assistance, our investigators uncovered a lead that led us to this day."

According to Gahler, Martinez Hernandez is from El Salvador and came to the United States illegally in February 2023 after allegedly killing a woman there in January 2023.

"We suspect Rachel was not his first victim," Gahler said.

There is a warrant for his arrest in El Salvador, and he also is facing charges in Tulsa.

Martinez Hernandez will be extradited to Maryland from Oklahoma.

Gahler said at the press conference, "Hopefully, he will never have the opportunity to walk free again."

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SANDY CREEK, N.Y. (TCN) -- Prosecutors recently announced the conviction of a 64-year-old man who fatally shot his neighbor amid a dispute and tried to conceal his body under piles of clothing.

According to a June 11 news release from the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Alva Parsons guilty of the second-degree murder in the death of Charles "Chuckie" Rothenburg, as well as second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree coercion. Parsons faces up to 25 years to life in prison and is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

Prosecutors argued Parsons fatally shot Rothenburg on the morning of June 27, 2022. According to Syracuse.com, the victim and his girlfriend lived in a camping trailer next to Parsons’ home. Rothenburg and Parsons allegedly got into a dispute in the defendant’s home, during which Parsons shot him in the neck. The district attorney’s office said the "bullet lodged in the victim’s brain, killing him."

Following the victim’s death, Parsons reportedly dragged Rothenburg’s body into a bedroom and hid him underneath a pile of clothes. Prosecutors said Parsons also "threatened an eyewitness with physical injury to prevent her from leaving his residence."

An individual requested a welfare check on Rothenburg, and investigators reportedly searched for two days until receiving a tip that he might be in the defendant’s home.

During the trial, prosecutors said they presented evidence, including photographs, text messages from Parsons’ phone, DNA evidence, and police officer testimony. Eyewitnesses also provided statements in court.

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According to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, on June 16, Washington, D.C., Metro Police requested a welfare check on 82-year-old Dolores Ingram. Metro Police had taken her son, William Ingram, into custody for allegedly assaulting an officer and damaging a police vehicle, during which he told authorities he had killed his mother.

Northampton Police responded to a condominium on Beacon Hill Drive, where they found Dolores Ingram deceased. Prosecutors said officers noticed blood on a windowsill, the walls, window, and floor. The furniture in the home "appeared in disarray," according to the district attorney’s office.

Police forced entry into the home, where they observed the living room had been cleared out except for a pile of clothes, towels, linens, furniture, and other similar household items to the side. Prosecutors said police removed the items and couch, and an officer noticed a foot, "which felt cold to the touch." The officer reportedly "noted that there appeared to be no signs of life."

Investigators identified the victim buried underneath the items as Dolores Ingram and determined she had suffered severe head trauma.

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According to Houston Police Lt. Stephen Hope, on Monday, June 17, at around 6 a.m., a passerby called 911 to report finding a body in the bayou near Rankin Road. Houston Police Department detectives and a dive team arrived at the scene and recovered the girl’s body. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to positively identify her and determine cause and manner of death.

Hope said although the positive identification is pending, investigators "do believe it’s going to be a 12-year-old female that snuck out of her residence late last night and ended up in the waterway."

Detectives obtained surveillance footage but are still working to follow up on leads and new information about what led to the girl’s death.

The victim reportedly left her home at around 10 p.m. and her family allegedly had no idea.

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The victim, who WLOX-TV identified as Brown’s mother, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officers did not disclose the extent of her stab injuries.

According to police, Brown told detectives she wanted to kill her mother because she was a "weird b---h" and was "suppressing the black in her." Officers took Brown into custody and booked her into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on charges of attempted murder and first-degree arson. A judge set her bond at $1.25 million.

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According to a June 11 news release from the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Alva Parsons guilty of the second-degree murder in the death of Charles "Chuckie" Rothenburg, as well as second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree coercion. Parsons faces up to 25 years to life in prison and is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

Prosecutors argued Parsons fatally shot Rothenburg on the morning of June 27, 2022. According to Syracuse.com, the victim and his girlfriend lived in a camping trailer next to Parsons’ home. Rothenburg and Parsons allegedly got into a dispute in the defendant’s home, during which Parsons shot him in the neck. The district attorney’s office said the "bullet lodged in the victim’s brain, killing him."

Following the victim’s death, Parsons reportedly dragged Rothenburg’s body into a bedroom and hid him underneath a pile of clothes. Prosecutors said Parsons also "threatened an eyewitness with physical injury to prevent her from leaving his residence."

An individual requested a welfare check on Rothenburg, and investigators reportedly searched for two days until receiving a tip that he might be in the defendant’s home.

During the trial, prosecutors said they presented evidence, including photographs, text messages from Parsons’ phone, DNA evidence, and police officer testimony. Eyewitnesses also provided statements in court.

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