Het is verbazingwekkend hoe er gedacht wordt over ‘de slavernij’. Met ‘de slavernij’, met het lidwoord de ervoor, wordt meestal bedoeld de slavernij van zwarten door blanken en er wordt dan maar wat graag gesteld dat blanken racistisch zijn. Echter, slavernij was niet een uitvinding van Westerse blanken, en die waren ook niet de grootste slavenhandelaren en houders. De periode waarin slavernij door het Westen gepraktiseerd werd, was ook beperkt. Veel korter dan bijvoorbeeld de islamitische slavernij die tot op de dag van vandaag voortduurt.
Hier ligt een verantwoordelijkheid bij het onderwijs die simpelweg geschiedsvervalsing onderwijst. Het schuldgevoel wordt er bij kindertjes jarenlang ingestampt, terwijl werkelijke kennis ze onthouden wordt.
Democrats, Slavery, and the American Record
A context free quotation attributed to a commentary on American education by Duke Pesta on the smalldeadanimals site suggests both the extent and the provenance of the public gullibility Democrats rely on to keep their voters from realizing just how newspeaky most of the public discourse on the social consequences of slavery has become:
I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.
In the eighteenth and early 19th centuries slavery was endemic worldwide, and largely non racist in those parts of the British empire that did not have majority aboriginal populations – basically, the English aristocracy were equal opportunity exploiters whose social focus was on class, not racial, distinctions. Thus England sold nearly 600,000 Irish, Scots, English paupers, and Catholics
into slavery during the 17th and 18th centuries; excluded its empire (then including all the American colonies) from its 1772 emancipation proclamation; excluded its richest slavers from the 1807 anti-slave trade bill; and, even in its 1833 abolition act not only specifically continued slavery
in parts of the empire where it was most valuable to the English aristocracy, but included legislated asset protection for affected slave owners allowing them to turn the legally freed into indentured apprentices whose contracts were regularly bought and sold until well after Appomattox.
Thus Virginia, circa 1775, had black holders of white slaves and legal disputes about slave ownership or indentured obligations that were as spirited, and largely color blind, as those taking place in professional sports today. But, by the time the Confederate Constitution was adopted in 1861
the people signing it saw nothing odd about identifying slavery only with Negros.
Thus the reality contradicting modern democratic meme is that Lincoln was a Republican bitterly opposed by Democrats; Jim Crow, like its modern counterpart the minimum wage movement, was a Democratic Party creation; the KKK was a Democratic Party spinoff; the Civil Rights Act was passed by Republicans in both the House and the Senate over prolonged Democrat opposition; and Johnson’s Qar on Poverty was a war on education and the black family.