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After Bacon's Rebellion (1676–1677)
In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon led a rebellion against the colonial government that was fueled by fear and hatred of Indians. Although Bacon served on the governor's Council and was one of the richest men in the colony, his followers included large numbers of disaffected servants, both black and white. Not long after the rebellion, the number of white indentured servants began to drop and the number of enslaved Africans to increase greatly. At the same time, Virginia began to pass laws that instituted much more rigid distinctions between white and nonwhite, free and slave.
originally posted by: transola
a reply to: AboveBoard
There has been far worse racism/slavery throughout history. The slavery in america actually gave them a chance to prosper. Africans selling africans. They still would if they could and do their best even now. Child soldiers anyone?
If america is so bad leave! I don't hear jews bitching about the holocaust all damn day everyday....they actually had it bad. Slavery in america will be looked back on as a good thing in the future.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
Thank you for this.
I feel less lonely saying it over and over again on ATS.
It's not as simple as Brown/Wilson - it's about systemic injustice/ and institutional racism which cultivates disenfranchisement and a sense of hopelessness.
And, as we see in Ferguson, hopelessness breeds self-destruction and desperation.
Until we have tough conversations and call it out, every generation will go through this, just as it has since Jim Crow.
originally posted by: Pitou
a reply to: Hefficide
Perhaps some Americans themselves believe in this post-racial America, but from Europe it seems you Americans have a LOT of unresolved issues concerning race, in many ways.