Maafa – the Catastrophe part I
It was easy enough to make the correlation between water and the known history of slavery:
Boats, profit, a route
Dispensable, exploitable human life; a deep, silent graveyard; a rolling, opaque route
An immense, silver grey horizon, marking first an uncertain future and then a disappeared past.
A fragile, mutable connection between origin and orphan.
“Waterway” emerged from this understanding applied to an assignment for a school publication. Emaciated men chained together, hover beneath frothy waves – the bodies (evidence) that won’t go away. Nearly eradicated rust-and-blood coloured arrows map out a ‘way’ from there, to here . . . and here and here and here. . . and back again?