© Stocksak. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a gathering on the Basic Delegation for Speedy Entrepreneurship of Ladies and Youth (DER) In Dakar, Senegal January 20, 2023. REUTERS/Ngouda Dione
By Andrea Shalal
GOREE ISLAND, Senegal (Stocksak) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Saturday spoke of the “unspeakable cruelty” and enduring penalties of the trans-Atlantic slave commerce, however stated she was heartened by indicators of progress and renewal in each america and Africa.
Yellen visited the Home of Slaves, a fort constructed within the late 18th century on Goree Island off the coast of Senegal as a transit level for human beings earlier than they had been shipped throughout the Atlantic, as she continued a three-country go to to Africa.
The location, now a museum, usually attracts high-level American guests, together with former President Barack Obama, the primary U.S. president of African ancestry, who visited along with his household in 2013.
“In the end, Gorée Island reminds us that the histories of Africa and America are intimately linked,” Yellen stated after touring the island. “We all know that the tragedy didn’t cease with the era of people taken from right here.”
Yellen, whose work in economics has targeted on ending historic disparities which have plagued Black Individuals lengthy after slavery was abolished in 1865, stated each Africa and america had made great strides, however extra work was wanted to counter the brutal penalties of the slave commerce.
Underneath Yellen, the U.S. Treasury has arrange a racial fairness job drive that has drawn the ire of Republicans, and the division has labored onerous to spice up the financial circumstances of communities of shade.
It was important to inform the story of enslaved individuals, which “whereas stuffed with struggling, can be stuffed with perseverance and hope,” she stated, citing the necessary contributions of African American women and men to the U.S. economic system and democracy.
“With remembrance, I imagine, can come progress and renewal,” Yellen stated, highlighting what she known as “indicators of vibrant life round Gorée — a outstanding artwork scene, a spot of training, and 1000’s who name this place house.”
She stated the go to and the place itself redoubled her dedication to “battle for our shared values and rules wherever they’re threatened – in america, in Africa, and all over the world. We’ve extra work to do.”