An April 4 letter picks out a poorly written photo caption to criticize, when the story ("Delegation from Guinea visits where slaves landed," March 29) clearly states what is correct -- that Sullivans Island is where thousands of enslaved Africans first set foot in North America.
It suggests that the writer is the one who is injecting political opinion into a newsworthy story. That he uses incorrect information in his argument strengthens that suggestion.
The first African slaves sold into the British colonies of mainland North America were not "brought to New Amsterdam ... in 1621," as he states, but were sold to residents of Jamestown in Virginia in 1619, as settler John Rolfe noted in his diary.
As for Sullivans Island, while captive Africans did not tread on land there until 91 years after the first slaves landed in Virginia, it is arguably the most appropriate place in the United States for a sensitive human to lament his people's role in the Atlantic slave trade.
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More than half of all slaves imported into lands that would become the United States arrived in the Carolinas and Georgia, and a heavy proportion of these stepped off the ships onto Sullivans Island.
The March 29 story notes that Guinea's minister of culture and heritage, while visiting Sullivans Island, acknowledged Africa's moral responsibility for selling slaves; it is sad that an American would rather write to stir up a tired regional rivalry than to acknowledge our moral responsibility for buying them.