posted on May, 24 2012 @ 03:58 PM
I am putting this in the Philosophy section because there are people on this site who are trying to make philosophical justifications for the European
whites who enslaved black Africans, by saying things like, "The Africans sold their fellow brothers and sisters to the Europeans", and, "There was
already slavery in Africa at the time when the Europeans arrived."
First, there is no argument to the factual reality of what is said. It is true, there was already slavery in Africa and some of these slaves were sold
to the Europeans. Yet to use this as an argument against someone who has stated that the European enslavement of Africans was brutal and beastly is
completely nonsensical. The facts of slavery cannot be denied and to do so, or to try and soften it by making the above arguments, shows a real sense
of bigotry and ignorance. For over 350 years people of African descent were systematically, with government approval and support, subjected to some of
the most brutal and unimaginable torture the world has ever seen. The effects of these atrocities not only still linger about today, but will for
decades upon decades of more years into the future.
Hate begets hate, just as violence begets violence. The Europeans hatred for people of African descent has been adopted by some people of African
descent. This is not good or healthy for anyone, including these people. But it is justified to a certain extent, not just because of what happened in
the past, but because there are still closet racists who make statements like the ones above, only refueling the fire. There is no justification for
the 350+ years of European enslavement of the African people, none! So disagree with the people of African descent who are still angry and hateful
because of past events, but do not try to justify or soften the torture, genocide and enslavement of tens of millions of people by saying, "They sold
their own people to us", or, "They already were slaves".
Have some compassion for the suffering of all parties involved, disagree with hateful statements, and leave it at that.