“More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.”
Dr. Thomas Sowell
The inflammatory subject of Slavery Reparations is full of controversy, invective, and historical distortions. Here are some factual sources to help LRC readers begin to see and sort out the whole story behind this subject.
This devastating, fact-laden video presentation above provides the intellectual ammunition to shoot down this nonsensical idea of Reparations.
Unfortunately, it is no longer at YouTube (or anywhere else — gee, I wonder why?)
I bought it on DVD and showed it to my Political Parties classes.
They (especially the black students) were blown away, this is not the historical narrative they imagined.
Now some facts —
Most WHITES who came to America came as SLAVES.
Between 50 and 67 percent of white immigrants to the American colonies, from the
1630s to the American Revolution, came as slaves.
Who were the primary white slave owners before the Civil War? Democrats.
Number of white Republican slave owners before the Civil War? 0
Who opposed abolishing slavery and voted in Congress against the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments after the Civil War? Democrats.
Who sponsored and voted for these Amendments? Republicans.
Who opposed Civil Rights laws to protect the freed blacks? Democrats.
Who sponsored these Civil Rights laws? Republicans.
Who supported segregation and Jim Crow laws? Democrats
Who started and composed the Klu Klux Klan? Democrats.
Who were the targeted victims of the KKK? Republican legislators.
The Klan issued picture cards to members
to identify these people for lynching and other terrorism.
But the Republican Party before the Civil War was not abolitionist.
It was founded, not to oppose slavery, but to oppose the extension of slavery into
the territories. It was explicitly a white man’s party.
They wanted no blacks (enslaved or free) in the territories soon to become states.
This was openly stated and known at the time.
Abraham Lincoln (1858):
I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and
political equality of the white and black races.
I am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes,
nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people;
and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference
between the white and black races which I believe will forever
forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and
political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live,
while they do remain together there must be a position of superior and inferior,
and I as much as any other man am in favor of having
the superior position assigned to the white race.
Frederick Douglass on Abraham Lincoln (1876) Douglas was born a slave, taught himself to read as a child in bondage, escaped, and became the leading black abolitionist in the US.
His is arguably the most important black voice of the 19th century.)
It must be admitted, truth compels me to admit, even here in the presence of the
monument we have erected to his memory, Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word,
either our man or our model.
In his interests, in his associations, in his habits of thought, and in his prejudices, he was a white man.
He was preeminently the white man’s President, entirely devoted to the welfare of white men.
He was ready and willing at any time during the first years of his administration to deny, postpone, and sacrifice the rights of humanity in the colored people to promote the welfare of the white people of this country.
In all his education and feeling he was an American of the Americans.
He came into the Presidential chair upon one principle alone, namely,
opposition to the extension of slavery.
His arguments in furtherance of this policy had their motive and mainspring
in his patriotic devotion to the interests of his own race.
To protect, defend, and perpetuate slavery in the states where it existed
Abraham Lincoln was not less ready than any other President to draw the sword of the nation.
He was ready to execute all the supposed guarantees of the United States Constitution
in favor of the slave system anywhere inside the slave states.
He was willing to pursue, recapture, and send back the fugitive slave
to his master, and to suppress a slave rising for liberty,
though his guilty master were already in arms against the Government.
The race to which we belong were not the special objects of his consideration.
Knowing this, I concede to you, my white fellow-citizens,
a preeminence in this worship at once full and supreme.
First, midst, and last, you and yours were the objects of his deepest affection
and his most earnest solicitude.
You are the children of Abraham Lincoln. We are at best only his step-children; children by adoption, children by forces of circumstances and necessity.
2:05 am on July 2, 2019 Email Charles Burris