Nincompoopery about slavery

I JUST READ this inane article that ran about six weeks ago in the Houston Chronicle where I worked for 15 pretty good years.

It’s standard left-wing nonsense about slavery and racism in the United States. The piece is laughable. I almost couldn’t stop my eyeballs from rolling up in my head. No, really.

I’d bet the vast majority of Americans think that slavery is something that happened in the United States and almost nowhere else, or literally nowhere else. And I’d win big if I wagered that most people think only blacks have been slaves.

Most slaves have been white.

Fact is that slavery has existed since the Dawn of Man, and it’s happened to all races. Slavery has virtually nothing to do with race. It has to do with war. If you’re in a war, and you lose, you might end up a slave, a commodity.

In relatively modern times, Stalin ran slave-labor camps. And those camps were populated by white people. In ancient Roman times, millions were slaves, and almost all of those slaves were white, having come from other parts of what we now call Europe.

Spartacus was not a black dude, which is why he was portrayed by Kirk Douglas, not Sidney Poitier, in that classic movie. I’m awaiting fat reparations and profuse apologies, but none seem to be coming. Darn it!

Most of those Africans who ended up on slave ships headed to plantation cotton fields were brought to Africa’s coast by other Africans, black guys who’d won a tribal war. The losers ended up in chains on the slave ships.

Slavery continues today, most notably in Northern Africa, especially in Mohammedan zones. Those same gay-murdering, woman-abusing, honor-killing Mohammedans so inexplicably beloved by the American Left.

That’s the truth about slavery, ladies and gentlemen. Pass it along. You owe no one reparations, and you have nothing to feel guilty about. Well, unless you’re a North African Mohammedan, and you read The Unseen Moon.

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(Note: The Houston Chronicle piece makes an attempt to equate reparations paid to Holocaust survivors with reparations for black Americans. Firstly, many Holocaust victims, actual victims, are still alive. No black American, his parents, his grandparents or his great-grandparents were slaves. Slavery ended a century and a half ago.

(Secondly, you could make the argument that black Americans today should be thanking their distant slave ancestors for going through that ugliness. As a result, black Americans are living in the United States and not in some hovel in Zimbabwe or Nigeria. That so many black Americans fail to take advantage of that blessing is a topic for another day, a topic that touches on cultural issues, not race.)

28 thoughts on “Nincompoopery about slavery

  1. And reparations are discounted for those Africans whose DNA has been diluted by mixing blood lines with those of European ancestry.

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  2. Ah, my friend, you are a provocateur! Here in the land of the formerly free, to express such an opinion is to ensure social ostracism, ridicule, unemployment, and possibly worse.

    Alas, where did my country go?

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    1. Mark: The truth is the truth. And, yes, speaking this truth can get you into a world of trouble above the Rio Bravo. Doesn’t make it any less true, however. I wonder if I can get onto The View. Those gals could use some straight talk and enlightenment.

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  3. Mercy Señor, what’s next? This makes no sense at all. I must be missing something.

    I have not personally committed any sins in the name of race, toward blacks or otherwise. I am to apologize for how many generations back.

    I am to assume responsibility for father-less black households?

    Has the government of the USA made mistakes in the past, near and distant in time. I think so. Show me a government who has not. Does the government or its citizens owe apology for these mistakes?

    Just makes no sense to me. Another version of entitlement is the only way I can explain it.

    What makes sense to me is that each of us, you and me and everybody else, make the best of the life we now have. That includes being responsible for our actions today and tomorrow. And, it includes treating each other with respect without regard to race or ethnicity or religion or lack thereof. Can we improve opportunities for those less fortunate, absolutely. That should not be based on race.

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  4. Race-baiting seems to be very much in vogue now days. It seems the government of South Africa now feels they should confiscate without compensation the property of white folks. Is this fair? No, but it is a great chance to loot the really productive portion of the nation. Didn’t these people learn anything from the mess that Rhodesia turned into as it became Zimbabwe? This will not end well.

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/south-africa-white-owned-farms-property/2018/03/01/id/846194/

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  5. Señor Felipe, after my response to your post last evening, La Gringa was surfing the cable channels for an appropriate movie and, guess what? There appeared “The Help,” as fitting a choice as any in this universe. She had seen the movie and read the book prior to that.

    I highly recommend this movie to any and all Gringos wherever they now reside for a touching and realistic look at racism in the South through the telling of the stories of some household maids who served white families.

    Aside from race, it has some excellent examples of human behavior toward others.

    I will only comment that it has some of the world’s best character actors and is set in the early days of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. If that doesn’t get your adrenaline up you need to stay away from this subject.

    And I know you, for one, do not plan to stay away from this subject. Nor do I.

    Saludos Señor

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    1. Lordy, Connie, heaven knows what this means. The good thing is that unless the movie shows up on Mexican Netflix, I’m unlikely to see it. So chocolate pie, or chocolate anything, remains on my diet.

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      1. For most, it’s probably the most memorable scene of the entire movie. If you’re at all curious, you can see the chocolate pie scene on You Tube.

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  6. I just read Chesapeake by Michener and learned a lot I didn’t know about American history and how the future African slaves were captured by their own kind and turned over to the slave traders. You never hear about that from African-Americans. Just like our aboriginals who blame everything on the white colonialists. They forget (conveniently) about certain tribes that conducted raids on other aboriginals to kill the men, take their stuff and kidnap their women.

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    1. Brent: I’ve read a small number of Michener’s many books, but not that one. That African blacks were a driving force in the supply of slaves for the cotton plantations of the American South is not something you hear about often. That’s partly due to its not being part of the PC narrative, but it’s likely also due to the fact that not a lot of people even know about it, just pure ignorance of history.

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  7. Questions of merit aside, (of which there are many) any attempt to actually implement some kind of reparations would become hopelessly fouled from the start. Take my little example. My parents immigrated to the USA in 1959. I have no US ancestors from farther back. So literally no one in my family is in any way, shape, or form connected to the promotion of slavery. So why should we pay? And what of other legal post-slavery immigrants or their issue? How about blacks that immigrated post-slavery? Presumably they shouldn’t get a dime. And what about wealthy blacks like sports figures? Are they harmed and deserving of reparations? Middle-class blacks who are just as well-off as anyone? And what about Native Americans? If anyone has any claim to reparations, it is they, who had all of their lands expropriated and their ancestors “genocided.”

    I recently read an article about the proposed land confiscations in South Africa which points out some similar problems. In that article, the author pointed out that the black Zulus who were the victims of the whites in SA had previously expropriated their lands from other tribes, who had done the same to tribes before them. So there was no clear first ownership to rightfully return the land to, as virtually all claims could be found suspect.

    And the same thicket of problems surrounds any question of reparations to blacks.

    While the USA has historically treated blacks horrifically, reparations would solve nothing and instead create a lot more unnecessary racial tension. Not to mention that it’s fiscally impossible too.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we wonder why the reparations debate doesn’t focus on Native Americans.

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    1. Kim: “So why should we pay?” Because you’re white! That’s why. Try to keep up, muchacho!

      The entire issue is bloated with details, of course. Only black nincompoops actually think they deserve reparations. The rest just think free money sounds sweet. But your point that the Indians are more deserving is quite correct. But giving them money would just add to their alcoholism problems. As for the U.S. historically treating blacks “horrifically,” that was true in slave days, less true after the Civil War, even less true after the Civil Rights Era, and not true even a little bit now and for a good many decades. Quite the opposite is true.

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