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Traces of the Trade

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The DeWolf family gets it.

Traces of the Trade is a documentary that follows the DeWolf descendents as they examine their family history of slave trade, how they benefited from it, and what they are willing to do to make a change. 

It was both hard and sad to watch.

It was hard to watch because it was something that effects people that look like me and it’s not easy to think about or see without it bringing up some emotion.  And then to see privileged white people examining it makes it uncomfortable, too.  It’s one thing to talk about something like this with other black folks because we are used to it, but to watch white people grappling with the idea of how they have benefitted from slavery is uneasy because it’s new.

It’s sad to watch because I wonder how long will it take before a good majority of white people come to the same conclusion that they have? 

If you get a chance, watch it.  Check your local PBS listings for showtimes.

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Written by rentec

25 June, 2008 at 4:14 am

Posted in blogging

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