The Horrors of a Slave ship Nigerian kidnappers were the cause of many children missing as their parents left them home alone during the day to work in the fields. Kidnappers often took advantage of this time to take kids against their will and sell them to slave traders, thus becoming a slave at a very young age. Occasionally they would be caught in the act and dealt with however the grownups chose to do but not in Olaudah’s case. One day Olaudah Equiano, merely 11 years old, was left home alone with his younger sister while his parents were off at work and a group of people broke into their home with means of kidnapping them. The kidnappers succeeded in their plans and ran off into the woods with Olaudah and his sister leaving no trace for their parents to find them.
Finally, it all stopped one night at the age of 16 when he kicked me out of the house for sticking up for my friend who he had threatened to hit. I was so happy to be out of that house but I was terrified at the same time. The one thing I think that bothered me the most was that while all of this was going on my mom just stood by and let it happen. .The causes of abuse are numerous and the effects are significantly higher in number. My stepfather blamed his rage on stress and my being defiant.
I was the first born and was the only child till I was six, but during those six years I witness my mother getting hit by my father and him being drunk every day and never home. I was scared and didn’t know if this was okay and normal for my parents but what I did know is whenever it happened I was hiding and covering my ears. My dad would go on drinking binges for days with his cousins and would never be home, my mom would worry and leave me to go find him, usually he was at a bar or at his cousins house and she would bring him home. That’s when things would get throw, slaps would be heard, cries as well, and another beer opening. It got worse and not only was he hitting my mom but now me as well.
He has been suspended from school multiple times this school year, he is currently failing all of his classes, and he is having problems at home, as well. He completely ignores me, and has no respect for anyone at all. He pushes everyone around and disappears from time to time. My son has some legal issues too. He got angry one night about 3 months ago when I told him he couldn't cuss at me so he punched me in the face.
I felt like I never had any help because whenever my husband was home my baby would not stay quiet with him. I would just sit and cry all night long, which eventually caused me to become overwhelmed and depressed. Being in school so young married with a kid and husband was causing me to have problems with my husband because I never had time for him anymore. I would spend anytime I had in between taking care of the baby and house chores doing homework. I was out of the house for four to six hours three times a week.
Ever since then I make sure I pray every night before I went to bed. The second of the three fallacies that has happen to me was the appeal to pity fallacy. This happened a lot growing up, but when I decided to move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is when she started to have a pity party. She would say, “that I must have not loved her to leave her”, “why do you want to leave me” and “What if something were to happen to me and you are ten hours away from me.” I told her I have my own life to live and it was time for me to leave the nest. So, my mother cried for almost a week because I left.
Equiano and his sisters were left at home to take care of the house and a man and woman abducted them from their homes taking them far into the woods. They traveled further and further away from the coast of Africa. In the society he lived in, it was typical for families to have slaves and his family had them as well. He came from a good beginning and his family had high hopes for him. They believed he would be a chief or judge.
It is said that education can change a person’s life, and for some education is unattainable. For Fredrick Douglass, who was born in 1817, was considered a lifetime slave. He “had no regular teacher,” which was very normal for then, however, he did have his mistress who would kindly teach him until her husband dictated otherwise. (McQuade 87) This little amount of experience with education seemed to fuel the desire for Douglass, who would often do anything possible to get more knowledge. When he was 12 years old he began to realize that he was going to be a slave for life, which “began to bear heavily upon [his] heart.” (McQuade 88) This led to Douglass being depressed, and rightfully so, but he “often found [him]self regretting [his] own existence, and wishing [him]self dead.” (McQuade 90) As we all know, Douglass eventually was able to escape the South for the North were he became a free man, but before he even escaped he began taking his education into his own hands by coping letters he saw in the Durgin and Bailey’s shipping yard.
I felt so unsafe and tried to hide my tiny body from that painful scene. A week after the incident, my dad left us. That was the first time he did not kiss me goodbye. Holding a big suitcase, he rushed into the car. I held onto his hand tightly with my miniature ones, hoping that he would somehow change his mind.
I of course got countless number of whips especially at the beginning because I didn't know how to solve them. I can still recall his out control temperament. He yelled at me and told me how stupid I was continuously. I remember crying nonstop and begging him to stop hitting me. At the end of those three hours I was no longer having any more math problem or any other