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