About Descendants of American Slaves for Economic and Social Justice (DAS4ESJ)
From the year 1525 to 1866 twelve and half million people (Africans) were captured and taken from their homeland and forcibly pack in ships and taken across the Atlantic. A journey of almost two million were known not to survive, by the turn of the 18th century, European merchants were building vessels capable of transporting hundreds per journey. These people were stripped of their history, their names, and their religion. Stuffed into compartments like cargo with ceilings as low as four and half feet where they will spend most of their voyage.
There was no plumbing of any kind, slaves were forced to relief themselves were they sat, and endure hellacious conditions when combine with the heat and lack of ventilation below deck. Disease was rampant, measles, smallpox, influenza, scurvy, and dysentery which was the number one killer, the slaves was also forced exercise sometimes including dance and song for the entertainment of the crew. Disobedient slaves were tortured and beaten, usually whipped with an especially cruel tool, a tool that was designed to inflict maximum pain.
Women who were usually unshackled were raped by members of the crew, and sometimes arriving in the new world with children of their attackers, some who were even thrown overboard, even voluntarily jumped overboard to escape the coming to the new world (America). Upon arrival the slaves were forced into chattel slavery and labeled as “Property” not allowed to read, not allowed to marry, and some married, however, to be later separated from their families. The slaves were categorized as 3/5th of a human and treated and sold as like the cattle not for a decade, not for a century, but for three centuries.
Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African slaves work from can’t see morning till can’t see night for no pay, Slave owner kept wages from them, they never got a pay day, wages were kept from the slaves all their life’s, and their children, children, children life’s. Helped build this new nation (America) into an Economic Powerhouse that even today the DAS’s are locked out of. “We are The Descendants of Those American Slaves.”