Obama And The Slavery Issue
It’s another election year and no candidate seems willing to talk about the slavery issue. Slavery, reparations and Affirmitive Action (read Reconstruction) seem to be hot issues except in election years. With a Black Democratic candidate, Mr. Obama, one is surprised at the continued silence concerning the slavery issue.
In a recent exchange with The Black Sentinel she tried to intimidate me by calling up the slavery issue so the matter is far from dormant.
Perhaps it is time once gain to give a brief overview of the slavery question. This has been done repeatedly so I have nothing new to offer but my own perspective.
Of course, slavery has a world wide history having no preeminent attribution to Africa. In 1938 for instance Edgar Snow in his Red Star Over China mentions a city of slave boys in China. At the end of the nineteenth century Moslem Turks were still abducting Europeans. But let’s deal specifically with Africa.
Slavery has always been endemic to Africa. All Africans were the personal property of their chiefs who could dispose of their persons at their whim. A chief could and did kill or maim and dismember them for his pleasure. He or she could and did sell them into slavery. Thus all Africans taken by Europeans were legally bought and paid for. Any American Black’s ancestor’s were betrayed by their chiefs. Your complaint is with Africa and not America.
The exportation of African slaves began in earnest in the seventh and eighth centuries when the Moslem Empire took form. The Moslems began by forcibly removing Africans from the Sahel. Much of early conversion to Moslemism by Africans was made simply in the hope to prevent exportation of their tribes.
Over the centuries the Moslem Arabs ranged down the East African coast finally forming their great slave entrepot at Zanzibar. From there they were ranging down to the Zambezi where they were met by the Europeans and driven back. Zanzibar continued its existence until the late nineteenth century when the British had enough power to shut the Zanzibarian trade down.
The Arab Moslems over fifteen hundred years captured and forcibly abducted millions upon millions of Africans the vast majority of whom died on the way to market.
As there are few Africans still existing in the Arab Moslem States including India I leave their treatment to your imagination.
Of the West Coast Africans sold by their chiefs to Europeans who transported them to the Americas fromBrazil to the United States the evidence of their multiplication and prosperity is evident to the naked eye.
Now, while Africans were being taken from Africa both East and West, Africans to the North were raiding the South European coasts forcibly abducting Europeans into slavery in Africa. Thus Africa was both exporting and importing slaves. This continued unabated from c. 1500 until 1830 when the practice was ended by the French and European conquest of the North African coast and the subsequent annexation of West Africa. Of the millions of European slaves abducted into Africa none have apparently survived.
Unlike the Americas with their large African populations there are no European enclaves in Africa of freed European slaves. I think the facts speak for themselves.
Thus if any reparations are due Africans the reparations due to Euroamericans more than cancel any such supposed or real obligations. I have no hope to persuade any Black Americans of this truth but I hope Whites will come to their senses and dismiss this whole slavery nonsense.