Slavery and White Slave Master

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Sankofa, according to Africa folklore was the protector of the African American people. He used his drums to combat the evil spirits present among the world. The movie Sankofa portrays slavery in Lafayette with some of the most gruesome and shocking moments I have ever laid eyes on. During this movie there are many other subplots that occur but the ultimate goal for the slaves in Lafayette is a better life. A life not directed by a White Slave-owner. They sought and enacted ways that they could achieve one goal: freedom. Sankofa starts of with Shola, the main character of the movie working under a number of slave-owners. She has a mutual friend by the name of Shongo who is the verbal leader of the slaves but also Shola's foundation of…show more content…
This was almost a turning point in Ali's view of how the white man viewed the blacks. They were nothing but "Niggers". Eventually Nunu's promise she made was fulfilled as she couldn't be bought from the white slave owner. She was deemed too old to be sold or bought any more. The story now focuses on Joe who was taught to believe that blacks were inherently evil. Joe always went to a preacher, albeit a corrupt one, to confess his sins and the preacher would constantly remind him that his own mother was evil and he should not associate with her. Joe was at a crossroads mentally, he felt more privileged than the other slaves because he was half white. He believed that the white man saw him as being better as the pure breed blacks. He had been corrupted by the white community and church. All these feelings and angst came to a head when a woman who was madly in love with Joe gave him a love potion of sorts. Joe then started to gag and choke. He had always believed that his fellow brethren were plotting to poison him. Joe then went to a river in an attempt to stop the gagging and choking. His mother then comes to save her child and successfully accomplishes this feat. Then something comes over Joe, it seems like he is possessed for a five minute span. He tells Nunu with a passionate tone that she is evil that she wants him to die. Nunu responds telling Joe that she could have let him die in the river but, as her son, she did
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