Slavery is a much misunderstood subject

Slavery is a much misunderstood subject : By Jon Jewett


to Paraphrase Jack Nicholson: “Can you handle the truth?” :Slavery is a much misunderstood subject. Much of what everybody believes as history is really horse puckey. If you want to learn about slavery I would recommend “Black Rednecks and White Liberals” by Dr. Thomas Sowell. The topic of slavery is background in this book but it covers a lot of ground. Facts that you don’t know. The Vikings traded white slaves down from Russia to what is now Istanbul. Muslim slave traders regularly hunted white slaves from the Balkin countries on the east side of the Adriatic. The Hawaiian Islands were a slave country before the coming of the Europeans. The last Muslim slave raid of the British Isles was in the 1600s. Slavery was world wide and not based on race. It was based on strength: the Strong enslaved the Weak, as in Africa where powerful tribes like the Swahili “harvested” slaves from the weaker tribes., the Bantu people The Muslim slave traders would distribute the slaves to Arabia, Indian Ocean, across Africa and to the West Coast of Africa for sale to the Europeans. The first and only culture in the history of the world to be anti-slavery were the Reformation Protestants of Northern Europe and Great Britian. Their Protestant opinion was formed around the idea that man is made in the image of God and slavery is not only wrong but an evil to be eliminated. The British Parliament passed the world’s first anti-slavery law in 1807. Their Navy enforced the abolition of the slave trade, later joined by other countries. Here in these United States, The IMPORTATION of slaves was banned in 1808. In 1820, slavery was banned North of the Mason-Dixon line. Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans abolished slavery altogether when they passed the 13th Amendment in 1865. But old fashioned slavery still exists. During the Kennedy-Johnson war in Vietnam, I was on a tanker going to the Persian Gulf. We got a notice from the US Government warning us to watch for dhows (Muslim cargo sailboats) running without lights at night. They were slave traders taking slaves across the Persian Gulf. There are some 40 million slaves around the world. Perhaps 20 million are black people “New slavery has two chief characteristics—it’s cheap and it’s disposable. Slaves today are cheaper than ever. In 1850, an average slave in the American South cost the equivalent of $40,000 in today’s money. Today a slave costs about $90 on average worldwide.” The painful truth is that today you could go to a slave auction in Africa and buy a black slave for $90. Black slaves are so cheap, that if they get sick, it’s cheaper to kill them and buy a new one. Mike, here is the real question. Ask your friends if they really give a damn about those millions of slaves. Ask if those slaves are even worth a prayer, much less DOING anything about it. My Republican ancestors went to war and fought and killed and some died to save the Union and end slavery. How about your friends? Back when I used to go to a small black church in East Austin I asked if anyone had ever heard a single prayer for the black babies that die in abortion mills every year. All those dead black babies and NOT ONE PRAYER. Black lives matter? BULL SHIT, not to black people in these United States. That’s why I gave up in disgust from going to black churches.


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4 thoughts on “Slavery is a much misunderstood subject

  1. Pokey Post author

    Ejike Okpa
    Slavery was fundamentally born in Africa, and black tribes who fought black tribes took captives and turned them into slaves.

    Slavery was brought to the colonies in the last 1600s by the British, and the first slave owner in the colonies was a black Brit.

    This horrible practice was all about money; not at all about race or status. And, the Brits wanted the colony’s production to increase, and slavery did that.

    You would be surprised how many of the Founders were abolitionists…..and especially Jefferson and Adams.

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