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> The point I am making is that when you go to plantations, it strikes me that the primary focus is, precisely, on the grounds and architecture whereas it really should be about the atrocity that the compounds represent.
Perhaps it’s because we already know about this.
Every class about American history has several sections dedicated to the slave trade.
If we go to a plantation, what else is there to look at besides the grounds and the architecture.
Yeah, some might still have the slave pins there. But what are you going to do beyond “Oh, look. This where they would keep slaves.”
You going to hire a bunch of black people to pretend to be slaves so we can focus more on that than the present architecture?
The majority of plantation grounds just don’t show signs of slavery. Like I said, there’s one, maybe two rooms where it’s obvious that these were slave rooms.
>Imagine if you went to a concentration camp and the tour was all about camp life and where the various forced laborers worked and what they produced in order to maintain the camp and you got a tour of the camp commander’s fine living quarters where he received prominent guests and … oh, yeah, something about people dying. I’m saying the emphasis is off, and even rather fucked up in those places.
Because in a Concentration Camp, it’s much more immediately obvious what went on there. They have room upon room upon room upon room dedicated to enslaving Jews and killing them.
“Fine quarters” made up less than, probably, %1 of the entire camp.
Not to mention that the Nazis kept strict documentation of what they did. Which Jews were killed, how many rounds were fired, how long the furnaces were running, how far the construction got, new arrivals, guard shifts, schedules.
Plantation owners didn’t.
Humans are visual creatures.
Let me lay this out for you.
“Over there’s the fields where slaves were made to pick cotton, over there’s the barn where slaves were made to take care of cattle. And over there are the pins they were held in. Okay! Tour over! Go home!”
“This is the room where illegal tests were performed on Jews. We have Nazi documents showing it was this doctor and this doctor and this doctor. Over here’s the oven where Jews were cremated after dying. We have Nazi documents showing the workers who were cremated. Here are where the Jews slept. We have Nazi documents and guard shifts and schedules. Here’s the “shower” room where Jews would be gassed to death, we have the scratches left on the walls left by dying inmates and Nazi documents on which Jews were gassed. Over here is where new arrivals were sorted. We have Nazi documents showing how many were immediately killed and how many were turned into forced labor. Here’s the Camp Commandant’s office. We have Nazi documents blah-blah.”
Concentration Camps and Plantations are really two different things.
>Another question; I’m not to familiar with AbandondPorn, but would pictures of concentration camps or forced labor camps be accepted just the same?
As they’re typically owned by the State of Germany (or whatever State they’re in.) and turned into memorials, as well as up kept by the State, probably not. They’re typically not “abandoned”.