Since the tragic death of George Floyd in the US, the subject of black oppression and historical slavery of black people has once again been brought up. But, as usual, emotions get in the way of truth. And because the narrative is being driven by a particular viewpoint, the cold, hard and uncomfortable truths about slavery are suppressed.
So let us take a brief look at these hard truths. Ready? These come in no particular order:
1) Slavery is as old as the human race. Men have been enslaving other men for centuries. Every civilisation used slavery as a form of labour. All the ancient empires used slavery. It's a fact of life. And another factoid is that slavery still exists today around Africa. In Niger, for example, Wikipedia states: Slavery continues to exist in Niger today. The most significant survey of slavery in Niger identified 11,000 respondents throughout the country who were identified as being slaves. Using further responses from these a partial sample revealed 43,000 slaves. Further extrapolating from this information, and including the children of slaves, the anti-slavery organization Timidria estimated a possible total of 870,363 slaves (both chattel slaves and passive slaves) in Niger in 2002–2003.
2) The word "slave" is interesting. Why? Because it comes from the ethnonym slav, in reference to the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe. In the Early Middle Ages, the Moors who conquered Iberia travelled to Eastern Europe in order to capture and sell Slavs into slavery. Did you get that? Black African/Arab Muslims enslaved white, Christian, Europeans. And the Slavs weren't the only Europeans to made into slaves. The Christians of Iberia were turned into slaves, and the beautiful women amongst them were carted off to become the concubine of some far off Muslim prince. So, the word slave itself is derived from black-on-white slavery. White slavery is a thing. Again, it doesn't take too much research to find out that even white people were enslaved either by other white people, or by non-white people.
3) Various African nations engaged extensively in slavery for centuries. For example, the Empire of Ethiopia sold its own subjects to Muslim slavers. Ultimately, when the Transatlantic Slave Trade began to take form, the colonialists found their African slaves already enslaved and ready to buy. From whom did they buy these slaves? From the Muslim Arabs and Africans who already had a fruitful supply of slaves from Africa.
4) A big part of African slavery was the emergence and dominance of Islam. Muslim Arabs enslaved the African peoples they conquered, just like they enslaved white Europeans as well. Later, the European colonialists bought slaves from the Arab Slave Trade, and on many occasions actually took over many of these trade routes from the Arabs/African Muslims.
5) A little known fact (and one that will be most embarrassing to our leftists adversaries) is that one of the first cases of legalised slavery in the English colonies of North America involved a black man from Angola (then a colony of the Portuguese Empire). He was captured by the Portuguese, named Anthony, and then sold to a colonist in the Colony of Virginia as a indentured servant. He (together his wife Mary whom he married whilst a servant) was given freedom around 1635, and later became a very prosperous and wealthy man. He was granted land by the said Colony of Virginia, on which he grew tobacco. He owned around 150 acres of land. And who farmed this land for our Anthony? None other than African servants. One such servant, John Casor, was later ordered by the Northampton Court to remain a permanent indentured servant to Anthony, or what we would call a slave. That's right. The first black man to be a legal slave in British North America had a master who was himself an African. Repeat for full retention: a black man was one of the first men in British North America to legally own a slave! So all of you BLM and other liberals can put that in your pipe and smoke it.
6) Those scarfs worn by Democrat politicians in the US are called Kente scarfs. They are the traditional vesture of the Ashanti people of present day Ghana. In times past, they were worn by the royalty of the Ashanti Empire. The background to this Empire is that the Ashanti engaged in slavery. So, the scarfs worn by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer represent Ashanti royals who sold their own subjects into slavery. Is the donning of this scarf a symbol of how Democrats have, for decades, kept blacks under control, and how even black Democrat politicians sell their own people out for power, money and prestige?
7) A documentary on Britain's role in the slave trade follows three particular white people who have a black slave ancestor, that is, these white English people are directly descended from black slaves. This proves a point: that you don't need to be black to be the descendant of a slave, and that thinking that only black people could ever possibly be the descendants of slaves is, well, racist. And if we're going to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, these white English people would need to be paid said reparations. And of course, one would possibly find many black people in the West whose ancestors sold other black people into slavery. One can quickly see that the Leftist argument that if you're white you MUST be the descendant of slavers and if you're black you MUST be the descendant of slaves is proved false.
8) The descendants of black slaves who now live in America have a life far better than their ancestors. This is proof that God can draw straight with crooked lines. The movement of black people from Africa to the Colonies has now resulted in Black Americans becoming part of the American Dream. Black Americans (and blacks in the West in general) have access to things that blacks in Africa could only dream of accessing. One would have to ask: if life in the West is so bad for you, why not remove yourself to the land of your ancestors? I think we all know the answer to that question.
9) It's one thing to peacefully protest about real injustices in society, but it's another to bitch about an historical event that cannot be changed. What's done is done, and nothing can change that. You don't see Tunisians complaining about how the Romans 2,000+ years ago destroyed Carthage and enslaved the entire population of the city, do you? Why? Because they're clever enough to know that modern Romans/Italians can't change an event that happened 20 centuries ago. And nothing can change the slave trade.
10) A really dangerous thing for a black man to do is actually act out the racial stereotype that many think him to be. Seeing the videos of black people rioting and looting stores for stupid things like Nike trainers (sneakers) just feeds stereotypes and prejudices that some have against black people. It just makes actual racists solid in their belief that black people are animals who can't be civilised and thus must be pacified, with force even. And frankly, is it sad and tragic to watch black youths cajoled into acting out stereotypes, advised (of course) by white leftists who are (as we have all seen) the biggest racists to walk the face of God's green earth. I mean, if Joe Biden's claim that if you don't vote Democrat then you're not really black isn't as racist as heck, then I don't know what is.