SLAVERY ~ GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON

slave marketI have hate for no man, race, creed nor color but there is no doubt in my mind that I will offend the sensibilities of many with what I write here, but it is time that it is said by someone and I shall put forth the truth as I see it.

Recently, a number of our elected officials in Washington have again tried to put forth a bill that would force the American taxpayer to pay reparations (cash money) to descendants of former individuals who were held as slaves in America at some time in the past.

So let’s talk about “REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY”.  Neither I, nor any of my relatives were ever slave owners, nor were millions upon millions of other Americans. There is not one person alive today, black or any other color that was alive during the period of slavery in America. I think it’s high time the Negro race in America, as the ole’ saying goes “GET OVER YOURSELF”.

The Negro race is not the only race that has been bought and sold into slavery. Slavery has existed throughout this entire world for centuries. It still exist today in many parts of the world and yet, in no other corner of the world do you ever hear about Negros who live there asking or demanding to be paid for their ancestors having been sold into slavery.

Now let’s jump forward and address that awful word, “SLAVERY”!  Slavery has been around in some form or other since the beginning of time. No one particular race including the Negro race has a lock on it, however, let’s talk about the slavery of human beings from the African Continent who were captured and sold into slavery by, I might add, members of their own race.

After the 5th century BC, Greeks and, later, Romans came to dominate the Mediterranean Sea. Both of these slave-owning powers raided North Africa extensively for slaves. This practice of using Africa as a source of slaves would be adopted and expanded first by Arab Muslims.

slave-marketSo if the Black race wants someone to pay them back for their ancestors having been sold into slavery, let them turn to all Muslims throughout the world.

The Atlantic slave trade developed after Europeans began exploring and establishing trading posts on the Atlantic (west) coast of Africa in the mid-15th century. The first major group of European traders in West Africa were the Portuguese, followed by the British and the French. In the 16th and 17th centuries, these European colonial powers began to pursue plantation agriculture in their expanding possessions in the New World (North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean islands), across the Atlantic Ocean. As European demand grew for products such as sugar, tobacco, rice, indigo, and cotton, and as more New World lands became available for European use, the need for plantation labor increased.

West and west central African states, already involved in slave trading, supplied the Europeans with African slaves for export across the Atlantic. Africans tended to live longer on the tropical plantations of the New World than did European laborers (who were susceptible to tropical diseases) and Native Americans (who were extremely susceptible to “Old World” diseases brought by the Europeans from Europe, Asia, and Africa). Also, enslaved men and women from Africa were inexpensive by European standards. Therefore, Africans became the major source, and eventually the only source, of New World plantation labor.

Arab slaversTraditional African practices of slavery were altered to some extent beginning in the 7th century by two non-African groups of slave traders: Arab Muslims (again I mention Muslims) and Europeans. From the 7th to the 20th century, Arab Muslims raided and traded for black African slaves in West, Central, and East Africa, sending thousands of slaves each year to North Africa and parts of Asia. From the 15th to the 19th century, Europeans bought millions of slaves in West, Central, and East Africa and sent them to Europe; the Caribbean; and North, Central, and South America. These two overlapping waves of transcontinental slave trading made the slave trade central to the economies of many African states and threatened many more Africans with enslavement.

From the mid-15th to the late-19th century, European and American slave traders purchased approximately 12 million slaves from West and west-central Africa. A small percentage of these slaves, particularly in the early years of the trade, were sent to Europe, especially to Spain and Portugal. Most, however, were shipped across the Atlantic for sale in Portuguese-administered Brazil; the British, French, Dutch, and Danish islands of the Caribbean; Spanish-controlled South and Central America; and the British North American mainland (later the United States and Canada).

LincolnDid slavery start a war in America that led to the freedom of slaves? “IMFACTIALLY, NO!” Read on. . . . . . . .

How did a war start pitting American against American?  Contrary to the popular belief that is continually shouted from the rooftops all across America and taught in all schools throughout America and touted on its streets thereof every day, it wasn’t to end slavery in America. The ugly truth is that it was the greed of the industrial North in America against the agricultural South.

The Northern states of America were industrialized and it’s textile mills relied entirely on cotton from the agricultural plantations in the Southern states to provide them with the cotton they needed to make manufacture their cloth. The problem arose when the textile mills got greedy and decided to start paying the southern farmers less for their cotton than what was considered a fair price. Unable to convince the Northern mills to pay a fair price, the farmers from the agricultural south started selling their cotton to European countries who would pay a fair price.

Petersburg-textile-factory When this happened, very influential individuals in the North became angry as it was hurting their textile industries, so they used their influence to sway President Lincoln into doing something about it.

This divided a nation unto itself resulting in the American Civil War with Americans killing Americans, over nothing more than money and power.

Shipping Cotton

The civil war actually started on April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865. It wasn’t until September 22, 1862, that President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the STATES CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN REBELLION AGAINST THE UNION “SHALL THEN, THENCEFORWARD, AND FOREVER BE FREE.”

“HE DID NOT FREE ANY OF THE THEN CURRENTLY HELD SLAVES IN THE NORTH UNTIL MUCH LATER IN THE WAR AND ONLY THEN BECAUSE OF THE OUTCRY OF THE PUBLIC.”

The move by President Lincoln to free the slaves during the American Civil War had nothing to do with a desire to end slavery 

civil warbecause it was wrong or to help the Negro race, but instead, to further hinder the South monetarily by the loss of an agricultural labor force they depended on to bring in their crops.

“IF YOU ARE A DESCENDANT OF A FORMER NEGRO SLAVE, GO TO THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THEIR ENSLAVEMENT, YOUR OWN RACE IN AFRICA, AND ASK THEM TO MAKE REPARATIONS FOR WHAT THEY DID TO YOUR ANCESTOR OR GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE!

Portions of the above article are cited from:-

“Slavery in Africa,” Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2000

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