The Danish collective The Borderland is throwing its first annual event called the Edgy Slave Market as a way to get people's rocks off. But the event has drawn fire from critics because of the “collaborative community where we co-create events and gatherings as prototypes for our dreams” have made light of slavery.
“Come and get sold as a slave […] and experience ultimate freedom,” the poster reads. It was posted on The Borderland's Facebook page July 17 and it has received mixed reactions since.
The poster goes on to provide instructions for how people (masters and slaves) should behave. Slaves will be sold to the highest bidder and there will be chains and slave drivers made available. Successful bidders will be given a manual to make the experience even more enjoyable.
Users pointed out how this appears.
However, their observations were dismissed and smacked down by supporters. For example, one supporter provided a quick history lesson to justify the event.
As Afropunk pointed out, the event is planned by a Danish group is a little peculiar. Denmark played a vital role in the transatlantic slave trade. An estimated 2 percent of all the ships used during the early 1800s were shipped from Denmark. Those ships transported approximately 100,000 enslaved Africans.
So this event and the wounds of the past don't mix well.