America has not yet come to terms with slavery as a national rather than simply as a black or ethnic tragedy . . . we have not yet fully acknowledged the necessity for a truly national catharsis. . .  How can America come to terms with racism if we don't yet have ways of representing and talking about the single most significant experience in black American history, the experience of slavery?

Edward M Brunner,
Tourism in Ghana: The representation of Slavery and the Return of the Black Diaspora,
American Anthropologist, 98(2) 303