Slavery: Uniquely Human, Not American

The history of African slavery and the demand for “reparations” from white Americans for that enslavement have been trending topics over social as well as mainstream media these last few weeks.

One of the most outlandish and controversial claims I’ve heard in regards to these sensitive topics came from Democrat Senator and Hillary Clinton VP potential, Tim Kaine. Despite the fact that Historians agree that less than 7% of African slaves were sent to the British Colonies, Senator Kaine stated last week that “the U.S. didn’t inherit slavery from anybody — we created it.”

Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey apparently believe this nonsense as she has come out publicly with a list of “demands” that she feels white Americans should be responsible for meeting due to their role in “creating” slavery; specifically in the American Colonies.

However, anyone with a third grade education should understand that slavery is a stain on all of human history, not just white history.

Christians of all people should be audibly rejecting Mr. Kaine’s absurd claim. Anyone who attended Sunday school should immediately realize that slavery existed as early as ancient Egypt. The Book of Exodus and the story of Moses warning Pharaoh of the ten plagues God would send if he did not “let His people go” should have come to every Christian’s mind when Mr. Kaine vomited out this lie.

However, instead of countering these ignorant and easily refutable falsehoods, I see more and more Christians choosing to take a knee, weeping in public or on social media platforms, and “Pastors” calling for White Americans to “repent” for their God given skin color and complicit role in Colonial era slavery.

Even the supposedly Christian restaurant chain, ‘Chic Fil A’, an organization that had over a dozen locations looted and vandalized by BLM “demonstrations”, joined in on the ignorant virtue signaling.

CEO Dan Cathy stated last week that white Christians need to “repent for racism in America” and then proceeded to kneel before and shine the shoes of ‘Lecrae’, a black Christian rapper (whatever that is).

This kind of pandering reveals how woefully ignorant and cowardly much of the Church has become in allowing crooked politicians like Sen. Tim Kaine and money grubbing corporate executives like Dan Cathy to dictate a punitive agenda against white Americans based on divisive and maliciously timed lies.

If people like Sen. Kaine and Mr. Cathy would take time away from election cycle pandering to open a history book, they would find that not only was slavery not birthed in the American Colonies, they would find that white Europeans were enslaved by Barbary/Muslim nations far before Africans were brought to the Americas and that whites remained slaves long after Africans were emancipated in America.

African American Sociologist and Historian Thomas Sowell draws much vitriol in supporting these facts in a fairly recent statement. He claims, “More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the thirteen Colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the (Muslim) Ottoman Empire decades after blacks were freed in the United States.”

Despite the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, the Islamic slave trade survived and remains the largest market of human capital and oppression in the world today.

People like Sen. Kaine and the hypocritical left, however, would rather silence that issue by labeling those who bring attention to it as “Islamophobes” in a pathetic attempt to discourage discourse regarding white enslavement.

Acknowledging that whites were also subjected to hundreds of years of slavery would tarnish the narrative that only two classes of people exist today; whites being the privileged oppressors and “people of color” being the disenfranchised oppressed which is the Neo-Marxist agenda using race to veil their lust for violent class struggle.

These same hypocrites would also come to realize through historical analysis that whites (mostly Irish) were actually the first slaves sent to the British Colonies in what became the United States, not blacks.

Before I continue, I would like to state that the point of this article is not to belittle or soften the horrors many Africans suffered under the bondage of slavery.

It is to refute the malicious lies propagated by mainstream media and dishonest historians using a selective view of slavery to incite violence, give a brief analysis of human slavery during the Colonial period, to prevent us from forgetting the horrors that white Irish people suffered, and to remind people that slavery was and is not an “American” institution but a product of man’s fallen nature across history.

As I stated before, the Irish were the first slaves sent by the British to work the sugarcane and tobacco fields of her early Colonies where a large percentage of them died due to their fair complexion and exposure to the heat of the Caribbean and West Indie plantations.

This would come to be a deciding factor in why African slaves eventually became favored as they did not expire as quickly, a common practice in Spanish America and Brazil for hundreds of years by the time Britain adopted the practice.

In fact, it is commonly accepted among Historians that Spanish America imported about 20 percent (2.5 million) of all African slaves during the colonial era and Brazil imported more than 35 percent, a figure coming to over 4 million compared to the 5-7 percent in the American Colonies.

These figures would make perfect sense considering how Spain and Portugal were the first European powers to come to the “New World” well before the Dutch, French and then the British.

Even liberal sources have had to admit this. Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr. writes:  “Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded ‘Middle Passage’, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That’s right, a tiny percentage. In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone!

Yet, it is the white Anglo-Saxon that is now being held responsible not only for the entirety of African slave importation, but as the birth parents of slavery on a global scale. I don’t see anyone asking countries like Spain or Brazil for reparations for their significant role in the Atlantic slave trade.

Being blamed for the invention of human slavery apparently isn’t enough, however. When one attempts to claim that whites also spent time under the yoke, Soros funded “fact checkers” like Snopes and Reuters will claim that Irish peoples were never subjected to real slavery based on racial discrimination like Africans were.

These historical revisionists often attempt to split hairs by claiming that Irish men and women were “indentured servants” rather than slaves and that the two aren’t comparable to “chattel slavery” due to the fact that slave status was transferred to offspring while indentured servitude was a contract between individuals.

Not only does this downplay the abuses and rights violations white indentured servants of many races later suffered, it also reveals a lack of historical understanding of early British common-law.  

When one takes a closer look at laws the British enacted, an ethnically based chattel system of slavery did indeed exist for hundreds of years; a system of slavery specifically formed against Gaelic peoples which brought hundreds of thousands of Irish men, women and children to British colonies and plantations in chains before Africans ever stepped foot in the original Colonies.  

This claim that white slavery didn’t exist due to the fact that the Irish were white and thus not recognized as a separate racial group by the British is easily refuted.  If we go as far back as the 14th century, we can see that the British and much of mainland Europe indeed viewed the Irish as subhuman.

Further supporting the fact that the Irish were seen as a separate “race” from white Anglo-Saxons is one of Britain’s earliest laws, the 1367 Statute of Kilkenny, which forbade the intermarrying of British and Irish peoples under penalty of death.

This kind of severe punishment implies the offspring of those with Irish lineage would be viewed as bound to an inherited status of inferiority as well; something quite reminiscent of “miscegenation” laws in the Confederate South that also forbade interracial marriages of blacks and whites.

British historians and aristocracy made no effort to conceal their belief that the Irish were a distinctly separate and inferior race of people. A famous Welsh Captain by the name of Edward Barkley specifically refers to the Irish as a distinct race in his written praise of the Earl of Essex slaughtering the entire Irish population of Rathlin Island in 1575.

In his letter he writes, “How Godly a deed it is to overthrow so wicked a race the world may judge; for my part I think there cannot be a greater sacrifice to God.”

Even famous 17th Century French philosopher Voltaire depicted the Irish Catholic as “a race of backward savages” in his writings, reminiscent of how American historians would later depict the Native Americans (who also owned slaves) in order to justify their purging and forcible relocation.

Depictions of Irish people as apes preceded that of African Americans. If one were to search for “anti-Irish propaganda” you would see many news outlets and propaganda posters depicting the Irish as apelike and violent. The “Irish Frankenstein” photo was famously used to bolster racially based evolutionist arguments of Irish genetic inferiority after Darwin published his theory of evolution.

Even the word “plantation” came to be a term of oppression for Southern blacks originally due to legislation meant to forcibly relocate and enslave the Irish people. The Plantation of Ulster came about in 1606. The Plantation of Virginia came about the following year in 1607

Part of these plantation ordinances forbade Englishmen from selling land to anyone of Irish descent as well as outlawed landowners from renting to Irish tenants.

While initially, only Irish political prisoners and “criminals” were sent as slaves to the British Colonies, the discovery of Tobacco in Virginia in 1611 and its ensuing popularity in England subsequently led to a greater demand for labor to harvest the crop.

By 1624, there was such a demand for tobacco in Europe that King James I enacted a proclamation the following year. This became known as the Proclamation of 1625.   

For a much more thorough and comprehensive historical analysis of British/Irish relations and Gaelic enslavement, I recommend reading “Proclamation 1625” by African American historian Herbert L Byrd Jr.

Briefly summarized, the Proclamation of 1625 gave British generals the royal seal of approval to forcibly enslave any Irish on sight regardless of criminal status.

Under the military leadership of famous British leaders like Oliver Cromwell, much of Ireland was conquered by force and resulted in an estimated half a million Irish being shackled and shipped off to Virginia and the Caribbean between 1625 and 1699. Part of the proclamation also dictated that Irish families who survived the journey would have their offspring considered property of their “masters.”

Irish Women were often pressed into slavery as well. What were callously referred to as “bridal boats” described in Mr. Byrd Junior’s book, consisted of women sent to the colonies to foster marriage and procreation among men newly arriving to Virginia.

Surviving primary sources describe that a woman could be purchased for as little as 120 pounds of tobacco. Children, who made up much of the manual labor in sugar cane and tobacco farming, sold for just 20 pounds.

Not only are whites being blamed for slavery, told they were excluded from having suffered slavery themselves, but these same historical revisionists wink at the fact that many blacks owned slaved in the New World as well.

Historian Thomas Sowell also supports this. He states, “The region of West Africa … was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent — before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere.”

Black slave owners existed even in the United States. When one analyzes the Census of 1830, 3,775 “free Negroes” were listed as having owned a combined 12,760 slaves of their own.

How then, with these facts in mind, can any reasonable person claim that slavery is a distinctly white establishment that modern day Americans owe moral and monetary reparations for?

The people who propagate this nonsense are only attempting to sow division between Americans and foster more class struggle between whites and “people of color” to disguise a clearly Marxist agenda to destabilize this great nation.

Final Note: If historically illiterate protesters want to continue using “400 years of slavery” as a rallying cry to extract reparations from white Americans, they should at least get the math right.

A boat carrying the first 20 black slaves to Virginia, the first documented African slaves in the Colonies, landed in Virginia in 1619. Between that year and the abolition of slavery in 1865, you’d have 246 years of slavery not 400.

But as Joe Biden famously said, “we choose truth over facts.”

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