Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricanes and the Middle Passage

"The Middle Passage was the crossing from Africa to the Americas, which the ships made carrying their 'cargo' of slaves. It was so-called because it was the middle section of the trade route taken by many of the ships. The first section (the 'Outward Passage' ) was from Europe to Africa. Then came the Middle Passage, and the 'Return Passage' was the final journey from the Americas to Europe. The Middle Passage took the enslaved Africans away from their homeland. They were from different countries and different ethnic (or cultural) groups. They spoke different languages. Many had never seen the sea before, let alone been on a ship. They had no knowledge of where they were going or what awaited them there."

from http://discoveringbristol.org.uk


Is there a connection between the Atlantic Slave Trade routes and the path taken by hurricanes?

Slaves were transported over to the coast of South America and dropped off on various Island plantations in the Carribean, the Gulf of Mexico and finally on the South Eastern coast of the U.S.

A hurricane is born in Africa over warm water and follows the same path of the Middle Passage. Could the energy source of that storm system be born of those African's who did not complete the passage? Is the unpredictability of the hurricane a conscious force made from the combined awareness of the lost souls of Africans tossed into the ocean because they were troublesome, sick, dying or dead?

Are the hurricane's electric force and destructive power an emanation from human souls whose bodies were discarded like rubbish into the Atlantic?


Goree Island - Door of No Return
"Undoubtedly one of the most powerful forces in nature, hurricanes originate off the west coast of Africa and travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to attack the eastern shores of North America. Throughout history, this route has become known as The Middle Passage. It was a common feeding ground for sharks due to the hundreds of sick and injured slaves thrown overboard during these trips from Africa to America."

from http://www.theartnme.com/Hurricane.html


Generations later sharks still instinctively travel this route in search of food. Ironically, many of the states affected by hurricanes, i.e., West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, were also heavily involved in the African slave trade ...coincidence?

Here's the scientific explanation of a hurricanes' route:

"The hurricanes in the Northeast Pacific almost never hit the U.S., however, whereas the ones in the Atlantic basin strike the U.S. mainland just less than twice a year on average. There are two main reasons for this disparity. The first is that hurricanes in the northern hemisphere form at tropical and subtropical latitudes and then tend to move toward the west-northwest. In the Atlantic, such a motion often brings the hurricane into the vicinity of the East Coast of the U.S. In the Northeast Pacific, the same west-northwest track carries hurricanes farther offshore, well away from the U.S. West Coast."

from https://www.scientificamerican.com


The late Dick Gregory stated, "Hurricanes, that's the Black Woman's spirit. All hurricanes start at the exact spot in West Africa where the slaves were put on the ship. They stay underwater and follow the same route the ships followed. No slaves were loaded on the ship until it got to the Caribbeans. No hurricane rises above water until it gets to the Caribbean."

Opponents to this theory might say:

"Storms following the paths of slave ships is one way to put it. However, a more accurate way would be that the slave ships followed the paths of storms. Take into account that trade winds used by the ships along with latitude and longitude to get the best speeds would be common knowledge to the Captains of the ships."

Good point, except your argument, would be circumventing the fact that hurricanes travel along the east coast to Maine. Portland, Maine is 256 miles from Montreal Canada, but Canada has never had a hurricane. Why? From a metaphysical perspective - and corresponding to the theme of this article - could it be because Canada was not involved in the Slave Trade?

America will pay for her 'Crime against humanity'; she will pay for the utter disrespect, mistreatment, and hatred of people of color. There has been no apology for slavery; no apology for 'Reconstruction' (supposed to help freed slaves but was a dismal failure); no apology for the KKK (downright shameful that such a hateful, violent organization still exist in the 21st century); and no reparations to the ancestors of slaves. Reaping what one sows is not a religious bromide - applicable individually and collectively - but a universal truth.

Law of Cause and Effect

Nothing happens by chance or outside Universal Laws. Every 'Action' has a reaction or consequence. Ralph Waldo Emerson called the Law of Cause and Effect, "the law of laws." The Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every human thought, word, and deed are a Cause that sets off a wave of energy throughout the universe which in turn creates the effect whether desirable or undesirable. The law states the effect must come to physical manifestation."


If you are a fundamentalist Christian and adhere to the apocryphal stories in the Bible then it would certainly be fathomable that the perturbed souls of black folks could very well be the celestial catalyst of the destructive forces of a hurricane.