Hmm, I just found out something pretty shocking…
You know how I’m taking a history class right now?
Well, this anti-European history class covered slavery in America last month, and no mention was made of this very strange fact:
(I mentioned it to my professor who denied any knowledge of it. But I remembered it being in a movie that came out 5 or 6 years ago I think, about America.)
Did you know that there were black slave owners in the U. S.?
It’s true. It’s documented on census’es taken from the 1800s, in fact, a black man was one of the first people to legally win ownership of another black man in court
“It depends on how you parse the timeline. Anthony Johnson, the black ex–indentured servant whose bio opened the first episode of our podcast, did sue to hold John Casor for life in 1653, and the resulting civil court decision remanding Casor to Johnson’s ownership was (as historian R. Halliburton Jr. writes) “one of the first known legal sanctions of slavery” in the colonies.” (Slavery Myths, click link for full article https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2015/09/slavery-myths-seven-lies-half-truths-and-irrelevancies-people-trot-out-about-slavery-debunked.html)
There’s a book about it actually, called “Black Slaveowners Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860” See link below:
So, now you know I’m not making this up, but why am I bringing it up?
Because in a college history class, this is not mentioned. I have never seen it mentioned in any history book I’ve ever read, especially not ones about slavery. They grudgingly mention that slavery existed in Africa, taking great pains to tell us that it was “different from Western Slavery” and “Europeans made it worse” and oh, we had slaves at a time when slavery was a social norm and no one would have thought much of it.
It wasn’t, from the accounts we have of the slaves who came from Africa, the idea of slavery that they objected to, it was the nature of slavery of Europe was different, and they didn’t like it. That’s fair, but is it fair to make it seem like it was mostly the Europeans fault?
Usually, in politics, we blame the preexisting system for the fact that outside forces can take advantage of it. Like, do we blame China for the fact that we outsource our businesses to them because its cheaper that way for us, even though it’s an inefficient system that hurts the people actually making the products?
Is it China’s fault? Or ours, for building our economy on that?
No one is going to say China, here, guys.
Yet, it was somehow Europe’s fault for doing the same thing, when slavery preexisted in Africa and we could only take advantage of it because of that, in Europe, after the Empires died away, slavery was not a thing.
But, they will say, Slavery is a clear evil, and Europeans should have known better.
Well, firstly, slavery is not denounced as evil in almost every major world religion, though it is given parameters, at least in the Bible, for fair treatment, and the ability of slaves to be freed after a certain length of time.
Slavery is a historically acceptable thing, up until the last 200 years, in fact.
So, why should the Europeans have known better? Do human beings innately question things like that? We’re told it’s wrong now from preschool to adulthood, to the point where no one can have an intelligent conversation about why it happened at all, just that it was wrong.
I am no fan of it myself, I live in free country, I like freedom. I am not interested in enslaving anyone.
But I am also not interested in presenting a view of history that is completely skewed one direction, not by logic, not by virtue, but by the wish to inflate the crimes of 1/3 of the world, and ignore the crimes of the other 2/3.
I call it facing facts. The fact is, everyone sucks. No matter what country you’re from, unless its Greenland, because they never do anything that I’ve heard of (but if you go back far enough, who knows? Vikings right?)
Does it not strike anyone else as irresponsible to leave out of history books about the Slavery movement, that black people owned slaves?
I mean, doesn’t it suggest a certain… bias?
Even that one of them maybe was part of normalizing it to begin with?
That’s not something anyone wants to hear, is it?
There’s a lot of white people who get a kick out of shaming their ancestors over slavery, and it’s fair enough to say it was evil… but it’s not fair to say white people are to blame.
The terms “White Supremacist” “White Misogynist” get thrown around a lot.
And if a white person has the audacity to stand up for this country, or any aspect of European history, well, prepare for battle (I should know, I get this in my history class if I ever try to bring up counterpoints.)
Now, I am not blaming black people. (Which is a blanket term anyway, because if I said African, I’d actually exclude a lot of the countries slaves were taken from.) I think all of use are responsible. There were other races involved too. Eastern peoples.
Slavery was a Global problem, it looked different in different nations, but it was Global.
History books now slide a certain way, against White people.
Never mind that Irish, Scottish, and any number of other ethnicity in Europe could be almost as oppressed as slaves, and rarely if ever owned enough property to own slaves. And I am more those ethnicities than I am any that would have had slaves. So, as someone with a very small claim to fame in that part of history, I feel even more annoyed at the marginalization.
Profiling is only profiling if you’re not white.
I wish I was kidding, but I just watched a movie last week, a good movie, that has a couple of lines in it that are just… so, so hypocritical.
The worst is a black woman in the movie makes this joking comment “I never get tired of watching white people fight.”
It’s laughed off, and truthfully, I am not really offended by the idea of it being funny to see white people fight. I think it’s funny too. BUT…
Can you imagine the same line, spoken by white person, of a black couple?
Picture it “I never get tired of watching (insert any other race) people fight”
I am pretty sure the Racist Comment Police would be all over this in two minutes.
And this movie is not supposed to be social commentary, it didn’t see any problem with saying that.
Because no one would have a problem with it, on any given TV show, because it’s okay for black people to make fun of white people because we can’t dance, can’t rap, and fight differently (supposedly) but it’s not okay for white people to say even a good thing about black people, if we say it’s because they are black. At least not without feeling like we’re taking our interracial social life into our hands.
I know some people at my church who don’t care if I say “black” because they know I am not trying to be disrespectful, it’s just easier than trying to remember where they are from. Cause guess what? My church has had black people from the UK there, so I can’t very well just assume everyone is African American, can I? (See why that term is so stupid as a blanket term? It’s more exclusive than black is because it makes it sound like there are only African Americans, and my French Professor was black too, she was form France.)
To be fair, usually it’s other white or Hispanic people who make the jokes that we can’t say “black” no black person has ever told me they don’t like it. (If you don’t, sorry, no offense intended).
Anyway, Political Correctness is dependent upon being technically incorrect, a lot of the time, as I think the above examples illustrate.
If I suggested that black people were partially responsible for slavery on any social media platform, I would get flame warred to death.
Even if, I could historically prove I was right. It wouldn’t matter.
The reason I think I have to talk about this is because my blog is literally about finding truth, protecting the truth, and understanding the value of it.
If the truth doesn’t fit any political agenda, that’s a shame, but it doesn’t make it not true.
Well, I think this is the most controversial post I’ve written all year, I wonder if it’ll get comments.
Though, why it is so bad to just give historical facts and suggest that they should be in history books, I’ll never know. 😐😤
Until next time, stay honest and stay healthy–Natasha