Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Great Slavery Debate: The Footing

The second most challenging aspect of a slavery discussion is not getting blasted out of the saddle, with your point-of-view still in the holster. Unless your words are something like, ‘slavery in America was the pinnacle of man’s inhumanity to man’, you barely stand a chance. This is because today’s discussion is most often against today’s morality, rather than the progress of that time. Of course, to say that America’s slavery was not the worst is nothing close to saying that it was anything less than bad. All slavery was/is bad for the enslaved, as well as the society.

The only relative comparison I will make is that the Atlantic slave trade objectively delivered more slaves from Africa to South America (over 5,000,000) than to the North (500,000), and by all accounts, those delivered to the south suffered a much higher mortality. Their life spans were short, only one to five years, due to the grueling work, mistreatment, and harsh conditions on plantations, in mines, and elsewhere. South American slave owners expected to get no more than a few years of hard labor from a slave, and they went about fulfilling this prophecy. The work was 7 days/week, 18 hours/day, no women, no children, bad food, no care, and no mercy.

The most challenging aspect of a slavery discussion is the notion that current Black plight, with respect to crime, unwed parenting, drug abuse et al, is somehow a function of the ‘slavery-at-it’s-worst’ label attached to the American colonies (British and French). I have yet to find a description of slavery, anywhere, or at anytime, that tracks to the dysfunction within today’s Black community. So, I think it must derive from another source. FYI, my authority on slavery is a book entitled, Slavery: A World History, by Milton Meltzer.

My objective, in this series, is not to deny or discount the negative impacts of slavery, then or now, nor is it to absolve its practitioners or their beneficiaries. I will discuss this later. Rather for now, I will say that dispassionate research indicates that current Black plight is not located at the intersection of the two, nor are any solutions. In its proper proportion, slavery informs us in critical ways. When taken out of proportion, it mostly blocks our view and advancement.

James C. Collier

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The myth that North American slavery is the worst that has ever been and why blacks are in their current state is nothing but a continuation of the same old "we are the victims" talk, continued by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jerimiah Wright, The NAACP, etc. etc.
These men not only lie about the facts but also make their living off of those lies.
I talked with a co-worker several years ago about the holacaust. His opinion was that "it was not as bad as they said it was" was of course because many blacks can't stand the thought of another people's plight being worse than theirs and making that group more of a victim than them.
Millions of people have suffered worse at the hands of their fellow human beings and still suffer today but those so called black leaders won't hear it and refuse to acknowledge that fact because they feel they must continue the indoctrination of American blacks so they will believe no other people on this earth ever suffered more than them.
What hogwash. What pure lies.
And those lies put money into those "leaders" pockets without helping blacks truly get ahead.
And they know it absolutely. They know what they do, the lies they spread, the harm they do to their people, but they do not care for to care and do the right and true things that would help blacks, to teach to not be a victim, would put an end to their income.
Sickening...............
That is the plight of black Americans and it will take a miracle to reverse those lies and the deep down indoctrination of being the forever victim that is owed all without any real reason except "the white government must take care of me no matter how I refuse to take care of myself because my ancestors suffered more than any people on earth."
What a waste. What a travesty.

Anonymous said...

?"These men not only lie about the facts but also make their living off of those lies."

Where is your evidence????

"And those lies put money into those "leaders" pockets without helping blacks truly get ahead."

And who is paying them? Black people or racist individuals such as yourself??

"deep down indoctrination of being the forever victim that is owed all without any real reason except "the white government must take care of me no matter how I refuse to take care of myself because my ancestors suffered more than any people on earth."

NO ASSH#LE, Black people have a RIGHT to demand from a government (federal, state, and local) that has consistent F*CKED them over; through DENYING their constitutional rights, not enforcing the rule of law in regards to Black property/lives, and FORCING Black citizens to PAY taxes for schools, resources, and governmental jobs that NIETHER they nor their children could access and benefit form. I am tired of White people such as yourself who attempt to rewrite history. You BASTARDS have benefited from our hard work (Slavery, Jim Crow, unequal pay) and sacrificing ourselves in your imperialist wars. Its time for YOU to pay up!!!

MK

Anonymous said...

I'd say you just gave great "evidence" of what slavery and victimization propaganda has done to one black man's attitude toward whites. And it will get you no where and nothing fast.
Keep beating your head against the victim wall. All it will get you is more headache and zero progress.