Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Forgotten Chapter of Slavery

It is estimated that possibly as many as 11 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic
-95% of which went to South and Central America, mainly to Portuguese, Spanish and French possessions
- 5% of the slaves went to the United States

At least 28 million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East

-the mortality rate for slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10%,

-the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Trans Sahara and East African slave trade was between 80 and 90%

Ethiopia had slavery until 1942, Saudi Arabia until 1962, Peru until 1968, India until 1976 and Mauritania until 1980 & still continues in Sudan.

Please read this important article on the forgotten chapter of the slave trade & its continued presence in our world.

HAT TIP: Roger L. Simon

This shows how overblown all this victims of slavery is. America was never the worst or the first, or the last with slavery. You would think slavery was an all-American thing the way the media refers to it. The descendents of slaves haven't done too bad here either. A lot better than if they had stayed in Africa.
Shipwrecked are you crazy? If slavery wasn't such a raw deal, how about you come work for me for no pay, and let me rape your wife when I get the urge? How about you let me sell your kids to make a quick buck, and kill your grandparents when they become useless?

What an idiot.
Um, shipwrecked, US slavery doesn't have to be the worst in the world comparatively for it to have a significant impact on people lives in the US. Of course the US MEDIA is going to speak about US SLAVERY - b/c it is speaking about it's own experience.
Shipwrecks did not say that slavery was not bad, but rather that it was a universal phenomenon, which did not originate in America & continues to this day. Nor am I suggesting anything of the sort by this article.

Certainly, as you say MEP, the US media speaks of US slavery as is it is a part of our history. However, in order to have fuller understanding of the true nature of slavery, it is nessacary to learn of international incidents, as well as its origins.

Also, it is important to remember that slavery still exists.
But wait: wasn't the Atlantic passage sooooo horrible that it permamently changed the feeding habits of sharks (i.e. they follow ships even today in the hopes of snacking on the dead bodies of slaves tossed over the side)?

(rolls eyes)

I don't intend to belittle the horrors of the slave trade. But the points behind the article - and, I think, the points Shipwrecked was trying to make - is that slavery was not an exclusively American practice, and that American slavery was RELATIVELY more humane than slavery practiced in other parts of the world.
Well, Dell.
1. Blacks owned slaves too.
2. Slavery here was never as bad as say in Brazil. Originally it wasn't whites that sold blacks into slavery in America.
3. Look at African countries and see how widespread famine, disease and inter-tribal warfare is. How about Kenya for the last item.
4. People working in factories & mines in the 19th century had it very bad too. They got paid very little. Don't forget children were sent to work in both. Many died or were seriously injured. We are talking about white owners and white employees. Hours were long, no sick pay, no vacations, no pensions.
5. How many former slaves tried to return to Africa. Few. They preferred to live amongst the people who had oppressed them.
6.Slavery has occurred in most civilizations throughout history.
7.I never said slavery was good, tho I'm sure some slave owners were benevolent.
8. I don't agree with slavery as practised in the past, or modern forms of low-pay exploitation of migrants that is going on today on farms in Florida & elsewhere. I believe in the principle of a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.
9. Don't even think about trying to lay any feelings of white-guilt on me.
10. Have the decency not to hurl insults. It is not a crime to have opinions, even if you don't like them. Tough, get used to it. Maybe at sometime you could even get an education.
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