Slavery In The Shadows

Once again the debate on racism has ignited over the death of a Black man at the hands of the police….and the conversation has gone deeper and brought the discussion of slavery and history to the forefront.

If I need to explain what I am talking about then it is a waste of time for you to be reading this….so why bother I am sure something good is on the Cartoon Network.

Slavery in the American South is said to had ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces and the peace that came to the nation. (Debatable)

Today most intelligent people these days are outraged by the institution of slavery….but are they?

Lewis Hamilton has emerged in recent weeks as a figurehead in the Black Lives Matter movement. In an eloquent, thoughtful essay for The Sunday Times last month, the Formula 1 driver wrote about his lifelong experience of racism in Britain; about the heart-breaking warnings that black fathers like his know that they need to give their sons; about his recognition that the murder of George Floyd, despite seeming a faraway occurrence in a foreign land, was in fact a moment that demanded a “global awakening to the systemic racism, witnessed and experienced by every person of colour across the world”.

Here’s the problem for Hamilton. Slavery is still with us. In fact, more people are thought to live enslaved today than at any point in recorded history. Most of them are still people of colour. And many are held in nations which happily host Grand Prix tournaments to celebrate their wealth. In 2016, one Lewis Hamilton notoriously voiced his appreciation for his hosts at the Bahrain Grand Prix, arriving in a “thobe”, the traditional dress of the Bahraini royal family, and tweeting: “Nothing but love and respect for this culture, and Bahrain!! Feeling royal.” In Bahrain, 1.9 people in every thousand is thought to be a slave. The royal family has been repeatedly accused of abusing slaves.

What is that old saying?  “Outta sight, outta mind”?

Human Trafficking is a major feeder of the world’s slavery markets.  I wrote about the consequences for the world’s populations….all four of my series may be accessed here…..

Time to bring the shadowy world of modern slavery into the light and in doing so maybe we as a humans can find a way to end the suffering of so many.

Or is it just something this world should just learn to live with?

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That 1619 Project

Here on Gulf South Free Press we are trying to get the American people to have a “real” conversation about race and the institution of slavery instead of the disingenuous BS from the past.

What significance is the year 1619?

Answer to follow.

In these trying days of protests and the issue of slavery has risen yet again…..there is an attempt to educate the people on the barbaric institution of slavery……that education is being called the “1619 Project”…….

New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. Its stated goal was “to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Rather than standing with the American Revolution’s radical promise that we are all created equal and possess the same “unalienable rights,” or Abraham Lincoln’s description of America’s as mankind’s “last best hope,” the revisionist view of The 1619 project argues that America was founded upon slavery and that the effects of white supremacy distort every aspect of American public life today.

Prominent historians, educators, and writers have challenged these claims. Noted scholars such as Gordon WoodWilfred M. McClaySean WilentzJames McPherson, and James Oakes have publicly questioned its main contentions. And the 1776 Project, a group of black scholars and writers led by entrepreneur and civil rights leader Bob Woodson, has produced essays, and eventually a curriculum, that will “challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery.”

Is this a look at history or not?

When The New York Times Magazine published the 1619 Project last year, supporters hailed this retelling of America’s founding as a “woke” counternarrative meant to correct the historical record.

Yet in recent weeks, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead editor, has stressed that her project to reframe history is not the same as “a history.” Clear enough?

Even Americans who haven’t read the 1619 Project, a series of written work on the legacy of slavery, know the project was launched with fanfare. And the rollout continues: A series of books are to follow, a podcast is available, and public schools are using the material. Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey intend to adapt the project for film and TV.

For the 1619 editors to now say, “presume not that I am the thing I was” should make us suspicious of the project’s future. Shakespeare’s Hal said as much to his former drinking companion, Falstaff, in “Henry IV, Part 2,” and the audience can afford the presumption because we know his victory at Agincourt is coming in “Henry V.”

The next act, however, for the 1619 Project may be less promising. As the project’s creators spread it across more media and entertainment platforms, the Times, its partners at the Pulitzer Center, and Hannah-Jones have already said 1619 should be considered history.

Creator of New York Times’ 1619 Project Changes Tune to Insist It’s Not History

Thee are those that are afraid of this if it is handled properly because it will crap on the dialog that they have been preaching for decades.

Slavery should be viewed from ALL angles…..but emphasize that it was a horrible barbaric institution.

I stated that we were “trying” to help the American people have that REAL conversation about race…..and so far we have sadly failed….

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Race And Slavery

In case you are interested there are still protests raging across the nation but the reader would never know it if they watch their evening news.

As a matter of fact another black man was killed by police who shot him in the back numerous times…..

And yes there is still a debate on the subject of race and slavery being offered around the nation…..but the reader would never know it for they still do not get actual news in the evenings but rather a form of propaganda.

So to be a better writer I will continue my posts on race and slavery and equality……this post is a look at race and slavery…..

American slavery was a blight upon the nation dedicated to the principle that “all men are created equal.”

Chattel slavery—in which human beings are bought and sold as property—was introduced to America during its colonial period, continued through the American Revolution, and increased in scope (the slave population was nearly four million in 1860) by the start of the Civil War. Though the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment dismantled legalized slavery in 1865, the specter of Jim Crow, rise of groups like the Ku Klux Klan, and proliferation of theories of racial supremacy clothed in scientific rhetoric put off the hope that blacks would be fully included in the American promise for nearly a century.

Though her citizens have not consistently risen to the level of treating every person, regardless of race, as equal human beings and citizens, America is based explicitly upon antislavery principles. Civil rights leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. instructed Americans to live up to these principles and acknowledge that the American promise includes blacks as well as whites.

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, King told the massive crowds gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” which applied to “black men as well as white men.”

Unfortunately, glaring disparities between blacks and whites in modern American life have given credence to the view that it is not a rejection of American principles but the adherence to them that causes the widening of these gaps. Some even argue that slavery is in fact America’s true foundation.

This growing consensus ironically echoes the false reading of our country’s history put forward by Chief Justice Roger Taney in arguably the worst Supreme Court decision in American history, Dred Scott v. Sandford. There, Taney argued that the American Founders thought blacks “so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” But this reading of history is incorrect.

This discourse needs saying….but as of yet the actual debate is not being offered…..instead it is each person’s sanitized version of slavery and that of race….like this post from In Saner Thought…….

There will be NO solutions as long as we keep having the same sanitized version of the institution of slavery and the larger issue of race.

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