|Would the Washington State Children's Administration consider this to be child abuse?|
But it was James Edwards of The Political Cesspool who first brought this to notice. The Lifeline Expedition was actually founded by a Brit, David Pott, who organizes contingents of people to perform "slavery reconciliation marches" throughout American cities where the slave trade was most prominent. During this month, they've already marched in Marblehead, Salem and Boston in Massachusetts, and moved on to Providence and Newport in Rhode Island. However, it was their appearance in Newport which garnered media attention. As part of their outreach, the activists, some of who were white Americans and white Europeans, submitted a letter to the Newport City Council, asking the council to vote on a letter of apology for the city's past involvement in the slave trade; Keith Stokes, executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, agreed to bring the letter to the office of Mayor Richard C. Sardella. The group is now heading for Virginia, where they will march in Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and then on to South Carolina, where they will march in Charleston.
David Pott targeted Newport because, according to him, historical records that show at least 934 ships left Rhode Island, most from Newport, headed to West Africa in the period from 1730-1805 for shipments of slaves. This was part of what became known as the "triangle trade", where African slaves shipped to Newport were paid for with rum distilled in Rhode Island. Most of the slaves were subsequently traded in the Caribbean for molasses. In turn, the molasses was then brought to Rhode Island to be distilled into rum, and the trade cycle would begin anew. What the media story omitted was the identity of the ethnic group disproportionately involved in this trade; fortunately, Walter White Jr. corrected this deficiency in his pamphlet entitled "Who Brought The Slaves To America".
The media story focuses on Jacob Lienau and his large family including his parents, Shari and Michael Lienau, and their four biological children and five adopted children, who are part of the Lifeline Expedition. Jacob decided on his own to wear the yoke and chains after seeing a painting of African slave children wearing them in the 19th century, and hearing about the march. He claims he's not on a guilt trip, explaining "We today don't need to feel guilty, we just need to feel sorry." Somehow, the difference between "guilty" and "sorry" escapes me.
But of further interest is the fact that Lienau and his family hail from Camano Island in Washington State, which is 95 percent white. One must wonder how the Children's Administration division of the Washington State Division of Health and Social Services would react to the picture of a 13-year-old boy from the state being trussed up in chains and wooden yokes and exhibited publicly like livestock. Would the Children's Administration question the fitness of his parents? Enquiries can be directed through this portal, and they would be more credible if initiated by a Washington resident. Sounds like an opportunity for the Northwest Front to engage in some in-state activism.
I suppose if there's one saving grace behind this orgy of masochistic self-flagellation, it's the reminder that the slave trade was not exclusively a "Southern" thing.