Talking at night

Kofi - Life in the Americas

There is a boy here on the plantation who looks like my friend, Kojo. His name is Paul and everyone treats him badly because he has funny colour skin and because his father was white. Even I hit him sometimes. He calls me John. So does Mr Jones, the master here. There are lots and lots of people called slaves here. Paul says I'm a slave but I don't know what that means. One day master saw Paul teaching me to speak English and hit him so hard. There are some children here who look like me who have never been anywhere else. They try to make me do their work but their mothers in the house stop that. They say I have enough to do looking after the animals outside.