I keep hearing people say that we teach people how to treat us. I’m learning just how true that is by studying the Kru people. Their story will fascinate you. It fascinated me. If you’ve heard of them, then that’s great. I was unfamiliar with them before today.
The Kru people have roots in Liberia and the Ivory Coast, and some also migrated from Sierra Leone, working as fishermen and dockworkers. There are many variations of their tale, but the common aspect of their story is their skill in self-defense and self-preservation. The most fascinating part about these wonderful people is that they were resistant to slavery from the onset of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the 1600s and throughout – for as long as slave traders tried to catch them. The Kru would fight aggressively in a coordinated effort – collectively – in order to evade, capture, and they would even attempt to escape if captured. Some of the Kru would risk their own lives to remain free, to avoid becoming a slave. They quickly developed a reputation as being aggressive and adversarial. This behavior made them a liability and lessened their value as a slave. Consequently, slave traders eventually stopped trying to capture the Kru people and focused their effort on other groups for their slaves.
Their story is interesting. The Kru people are a sub group of the Niger-Congo language family from the southeast of Liberia to the east of Ivory Coast. There is more to them than their resilience. Look them up. They led (lead) noble lives.