a reply to: Limbo
The “white slave trade” didn’t touch the African one...
Not in numbers.. not in brutality.. not in tenure.
Plus, and what imho helps make African slavery particularly evil, Is the pile on effect..
See with Rome, Muslims , Sparta, exc, exc,exc slavery, anyone who wasn’t part of that specific group, was far game to be enslaved.
For example, in Roman anyone not a Roman citizen could be enslaved..
In Sparta anyone not a spartan could be enslaved.
So that meant everyone else kinda hated the masters, rather than the slaves.
However, with African slavery in the 1800s. ONLY Africans could be enslaved.. everyone else was considered off limits.
Imho this creates a pile in effect, where the worlds/societies ire is not placed on the masters, but on the enslaved.
It’s not the Romans who are uniquely evil for enslaving everyone else..
It is the Africans who are uniquely evil and thus deserve to be enslaved by EVERYONE ELSE...
I think this totally changes the dynamic..
Also, with African slavery we are not at all talking ancient history.. historically it was last week.
Say the average person. Lives to be 75 years old..
Well that means African slavery was only 2 lifetimes ago..
There are still people alive today who saw and experienced the worst of segregation..
And there were people who saw the worst of segregation, who also saw the worst of the end of slavery...
Just to wrap it up, I would also like to mention that slavery was not the worst part for people of African decent in America....
The worst part was the aftermath of the civil war.... AFTER ABOLITION.. AKA, EVEN MORE RECENTLY..
Once the federal government pulled back.. the gloves came off.. all social and financial reasons not to kill and torture blacks was gone..
From the POV of the white southerner. All the blood and treasure list in the war was solely because the blacks wouldn’t stay in their place..
It is truly horrific stuff.... stuff that literally your great grandfather did.
edit on 14-1-2018 by JoshuaCox because: (no reason given)