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Editor says, what if the African Holocaust had hever happened? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Beasts thread.
In 1382 AH,in the hot lush savannah country which lies four days up river from the coast of the Gambia, Kajali Demba died peacefully in his sleep. For too many years he had been the griot of the village of Juffure, serving the local Mandinka as an oral historian, poet, praise singer and wandering musician.
Saga of an African FamilyHis successor would be the young man Kinte (pictured second from left) who began his first address with a simple demonstration. Cutting open a mango, he held the fruit high above his children, preventing them from taking it.
He then began his oration with a piece of homespun wisdom, "When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything". This metaphor of non-violence had served his people for half a millenia of peaceful existence by the banks of the River Gambia.
Editor says, in reality as many as a third of the Mandinka population were shipped to the Americas as slaves through capture in conflict during the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Kajali Demba was the griot in roots c1750. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.