Driving through Chickamauga Battlefield always unnerves me. We went on field trips there when I was little and played games to “reenact” the Civil War and that’s great and all, but even in my little kid brain I’m like didn’t people die here? And now that I’m older it feels disrespectful in a way and I feel uneasy driving through there even though everyone else seems to find it to be a peaceful place to drive leisurely through or to have picnics or jogs or go horseback riding. Maybe that’s me being too emotional, but I can’t help but think of what happened there as more than just ghost tours and statues and old canons that kids climb on to take photographs.
That’s something I literally can’t get over. How plantations aren’t viewed as sites of genocide and as representative of some of the most extreme evil humanity has ever done.
You can visit a plantation and they won’t even talk about slavery. It’s common to get married on plantations.
Being a Californian this was all very off-putting to me when I visited Georgia. I love Black people and Black culture in the South but it’s still the South.
my uncle used to be one of those people who drove dead people to cemeteries and such
then he became a taxi driver and the person he was driving tapped his shoulder to ask a question and my uncle screamed really loud
I’m sure that’s what he thought.