Whites Ended Slavery

Why is it that we are never told about white people ending slavery? We're only told about white people practicing slavery.

by Quinton Figueroa on March 28th, 2016

Let's be clear. Slavery has existed for thousands of years and has been practiced by all races and cultures throughout the world. Slavery isn't unique to whites. In fact, Arabs were big into slavery, so were Blacks. Slavery is less about race and more about class. People who owned slaves were a higher caste than those who were slaves.

The word slave comes from the word "Slav" because Slavs, Eastern Europeans, were forced into slavery during the Middle Ages by Muslims. This is where the word slavery comes from. So the very word slavery has nothing to do with black people being enslaved, the word has to do with white people being enslaved.

Muslims dominated the slave trade until the 1500s when Europeans started to get involved. Black African rulers would capture slaves and then sell them to Arabs and Europeans. Let's take a look where the majority of slaves went:

Why don't we hear about slavery in other countries like Brazil?

So we have Black Africans selling conquered Black African tribes as slaves to Arabs and Europeans. Ironically, majority of them were not going to America or Europe. But nobody seems to care about that. Most people seem to be okay with Brazil leading the charge in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Slavery was ended by white people, in particular England. But for some reason we never hear about this. We only hear about how evil whites were for 6% of Southern whites owning black slaves (1.4% if including the North) at the height of slavery. One study concluded that 28% of free blacks owned slaves, which is a much higher percentage than free whites who owned slaves. For some reason we never hear about that study.

While we're at it, an interesting thing to point out is that the Republican Party was founded primarily to oppose slavery, and Republicans eventually abolished slavery. The Democratic Party fought them and tried to maintain and expand slavery. The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support but only 23% Democrat support in congress.

Here's a few more interesting tidbits you may have missed in history class:

  1. Not one Democrat either in the House or the Senate voted for the 14th amendment declaring that former slaves were full citizens of the state in which they lived and were therefore entitled to all the rights and privileges of any other citizen in that state.
  2. Not a single one of the 56 Democrats in Congress voted for the 15th amendment that granted explicit voting rights to black Americans.
  3. In 1866 Democrats formed the Ku Klux Klan to pave the way for Democrats to regain control in the elections.

And if you want to be really factual, the most prominent places where slavery still exists are Africa and South Asia. So even though whites ended slavery, some countries still can't quite get enough of it.

Share of each country's population that is enslaved. Data source: Walk Free Global Slavery Index. (Max Fisher/The Washington Post)

Why don't people care about slavery and do something about it in these countries? Why are these people still practicing such barbaric behavior and why are people okay with that? Why do we hear about slavery all the time in the West, when slavery doesn't happen in the West and was ended in the West?

Just another day on planet Earth I suppose.

 Filed under: Politics / Government, Racist, Biggot, Nazi, Inconvenient Facts, Wrong Because White, I'm A Victim, Where Are Your Sources?

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Quinton Figueroa

Quinton Figueroa

Los Angeles, CA

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Vanessa: Slavery is alive and Well in

Slavery is alive and Well in the West, Quinton, but now we call it "interning". It is packaged as something that is sold to people as a benefit, but the only people it benefits are privileged children who benefit from less privileged children being effectively "priced out" of the labour experience market (if you cannot afford to work for nothing, in many industries you forfeit the ability to land an entry level job and compete with the rich kids for advancement. Many industries are rich kids only clubs now.). The parents of privileged children who own the companies poorer children cannot afford to intern at also benefit through reduced labour costs and expanded profit margins! The only person getting screwed is the hard-working young person who refuses to bow to our new slavery system because working for free is bullshit. Unless they can mcguyver a self-employed living from a young age, they're damned if they do, and damned it they don't. Furthermore in developing nations, slavery is often so prevalent because in order to win needed contracts with foreign companies to provide work for the people, they must cut corners and lower costs to compete in the global "race to the bottom". Which results in forced labour as businesses try to keep their heads above water whilst contending with the ever escalating demands of foreign firms which comes coupled with ever lower compensation. The massive unsustainability of the entire system is moronic and mathematically impossible.

Zachariah: Slavery was invented in Africa by black people in Egypt

The first organized, government controlled slavery in the human race was in Egypt, so the Pharaohs could have BIG FLASHY tombs to be laid to rest in. There are no White people in Northern Africa, so slavery was invented by black people!!

Jango : That is a simple one.

That is a simple one. Because, "Whites" didn't end it. That's why.

Trevor Palacio : Thank you for sharing. I am

Thank you for sharing. I am black man who values all information

Anja McCubbin: You moron no one ended

You moron no one ended slavery, it mutated.

Anne: okay look - I really see this

okay look - I really see this as little bit petty. You obviously understand that slavery is a terrible, terrible thing. So why is this question necessary? White people owned slaves. This is a fact, and saying that other people/races/cultures did too does not make it better. I also have a problem with the fact that you made it all political. This issue is not a republican vs democrat issue. The US was a completely different place back when slavery was legal, and both parties have changed significantly since. I understand your anger in the focus on slavery in America as opposed to other countries/colonies but honestly, most people have moved past this terrible time in history and are focused on ending slavery today. Also, we are told about white people trying to end slavery in America. They are called "abolitionists". Look it up.

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