DAILYKENN.com -- The Roots narrative just won't go away.
Fake history informs us that white Americans owned black slaves.
While the above is true, it gives a false impression; lying by omission.
Omitted is that fact that free blacks owned slave labor as did thousands of American Indians. It ignores the fact that the first legal slave holder was a black tobacco farmer named Anthony Johnson. It also sidesteps the reality that the slave trade would never have existed had it not been for black chieftains in Africa where slavery existed for millennia.
Black historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted:
How did slaves make it to these coastal forts? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.
Advocates of reparations for the descendants of those slaves generally ignore this untidy problem of the significant role that Africans played in the trade, choosing to believe the romanticized version that our ancestors were all kidnapped unawares by evil white men, like Kunta Kinte was in “Roots.” The truth, however, is much more complex: slavery was a business, highly organized and lucrative for European buyers and African sellers alike.
White slave traders did not invade peaceful African villages and plunder them of humans. Rather, slave traders purchased slaves who were already bound to slavery. For an African slave to be transferred to North America was akin to winning the lottery. They were given shelter, food, clothing, and health care. Those who remained in Africa were castrated or raped. The children were often killed. Anthropologists claim that black Africans enslaved in Africa were considered a food source, like cattle or sheep. They were cooked and eaten.
If the congresswoman truly wants justice in the form of reparations, she should seek it from the descendants of the tribal slave holders in Africa.
From kansascity.com ▼
Concerned about the plight of black people in her Missouri district, a Democratic state senator on Tuesday called for reparations for former slaves and criticized her own party for taking African American votes for granted.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, criticized white Democrats, such as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, saying there's "no difference" between them and Republicans. Both parties, she said, have failed black people.
“Neither one of them give a heck about the black community, only the votes," Chappelle-Nadal said.
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