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Submitted by Taj Ashaheed (United States), Apr 3, 2006 at 19:33

Uh...Christians, who especially found great benefit in the slave trade, found religious justification for the chattel slavery of africans, including using the "curse of Ham" as justification...

Indeed christians played a great role in american abolitionist movements, but to say that "white christians" freed slaves" is absurd generalism.

Regarding the Civil War, it was not fought to free the slaves. And the Emancipation Proclamation was a punitive measure aimed at seceding states - it exempted the 5 border slave states, and had the seceding states capitulated by the deadline, then no slaves would have been freed.

Hence In the US, specifically, african americans struggled thru about 300 years of being treated like animals, taught that it was their fate in order to know Jesus. Subsequently, they've struggled thru over one hundred years of PTSD, which explains why while only 13% of the country, they are 50% of jails and prisons, well below the poverty line, and still can't travel a lonely dirt road in, say, Georgia, Alabama, or (Jasper) Texas alone...

And for many, it explains the all-too-easy religious transition from christianity to islam...
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