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Response to Colonists Practice of Negro Slavery

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Submitted by jlb (Australia), Jul 9, 2005 at 02:44

The issue of negro slavery is deplorable. But first look at who started off Negro slavery, and then who else entered the slave trade market, and finally UK and USA. It is these 2 countries that were responsible for stopping it, at least in their own domains, after only a few hundred years, but the other perpetrators continued it and so far it has been going on at their instigation two thousand years or more.

No country starts out with great values, etc,. They are acquired along the way at best and the disempowered (poor) and minority groups usually are the ones that pay the price.

I am not condoning what has happened, but there is a saying "Look for the Silver Lining".
There is no doubt that the enslaved negroes shipped to USA and their descendants for many generations suffered greatly.

From what part of Africa did they come? Would today's descendants of these people really wish they were still in Africa? In Niger, perhaps in the Sudan, maybe the Congo.
I only see what is on TV and perhaps most negroes live prosperously in Africa and if that is the case, then slavery has indeed been very bad for the desendents of the slaves. An honest appraisal of where they are today as a result of their forebears being sold into slavery should be sought.

Do remember that the Arab/Muslims castrated many males, but eventually gave up castrating men as they nearly always died and castrating boys gave them a much better return (less loss of life - not a consideration born out of empathy, but better return for money) as they only needed to buy 20 boys to castrate in order to get 1 live eunuch. Many African/Americans would not even have been propogated at all if their descendant swere one of these castratees.
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