Part of the black con’s political energy for achieving his neurotic goals is the condemnation of slavery from 1700 to 1865 (there was very little slavery before 1700), which amounts to 165 years of African American slavery. This period of suffering is seen as justification for the moral blank check, reparations, neurotic equality, neurotic freedom, and neurotic justice.
However, slavery was the best thing to ever happen to contemporary African Americans.
Slavery resulted in existence
Contemporary black con African Americans have great hostility towards whites in general, and Southerner whites in particular, because of slavery. But these same black cons wouldn’t even exist without slavery. Neither would have their parents and their parents. Many contemporary African-Americans are proud of their extended families, many which number in the hundreds of relatives. None of these families would exist without slavery. Their parents would have never met.
And even with the horrendous conditions of American slaves, the slaves were encouraged to procreate and the slave holders assured their survival to the best of their ability. The duplication of one’s genes is one the main motivators in human existence, and a main criterion for the success of a group of people.
Granted, the reason for this care was basically economic – a young African American male slave was worth $100,000 in today’s dollars. Yes, slave owners could be cruel, but they were also Christian, and their level of civility may have been on a higher level than many of the oppressors throughout history.
(Thus, American slave owners may have been less oppressive than other slave owners throughout history. Remember, only a couple of hundred years before American slavery, say around 1500 AD and throughout all history, slavery was universally accepted and considered moral. Versions of slavery — including sex trafficking — are still practiced today. It was only European enlightenment that declared slavery immoral.)
But nonetheless, around 500,000 slaves were imported from Africa to America, and now there are currently around 50,000,000 African Americans. These African Americans would not exist without slavery and without the nourishing behavior of the slave owners.
American slavery was bad, but the absence of historical slavery would have been worse. Not one African American would exist, and the U.S. would have been similar to a European country.
African American suffering
Granted, the suffering of slaves, including the approximate 50,000 who died during the transportation of slaves between Africa and the U.S., was great.
But so was the suffering of other peoples – including white people – throughout history. It was the intense suffering of white people throughout Western history that resulted in our quality of life – including our longevity. (We now live to around 75 years now – due largely to white medicine and white nutrition — as compared to around 40 years throughout Western history).
We wouldn’t have Christianity if it weren’t for the (white) Christian martyrs during the mass killings in the first 300 years of Christianity. Serfs and peasants had lives that were just slightly above that of a slave for thousands of years.
(In the freezing cold of Russian, the serfs’ lives could be conceived as worse than American slaves, who lived in the warm Southern climate. These Russian serfs may even have had a lower survival rate than the American slaves.)
The Black Plague and the Bubonic Plague killed millions of people, leading to discoveries of medicine and vaccines to prevent such plagues in modern society.
The killings of hundreds of thousands in the American and French revolutions led to modern democracy. The 50 million killed in World War II led to the defeat of Nazism and allowed the preservation of our current democracy.
Almost a hundred years of the Cold War allowed us to live in a non-Communist world.
The list goes on and on.
There was no free lunch in history.
The monopoly of suffering
The African American slaves don’t have a monopoly of historical suffering in other ways as well. Stalin killed over 50 million Eastern Europeans and Russians.
50 million Europeans were killed in the Napoleonic Wars. Over 75 million were killed in World War I and II. Although the American slaves suffered terribly in the 165 years of slavery, the lower classes throughout Europe suffered terribly for thousands of years.
Thus, our current quality of life is a result of 5,000 years of Western history, much of it “red of tooth and claw” and intense suffering of all people, but most of all the lower classes and groups of people who were scapegoated, like the Jewish people.
The philosophical concepts that “All men are created equal” and “Women are equal to men” were created by European Americans.
Although African Americans suffered greatly in the 165 years of slavery, and to a lesser extent of the 150 years of Jim Crow laws and discrimination, they were also handed a quality of life that was 5,000 years in the making. That is, 5,000 years of blood, sweat and tears.
Also, with the physical relationship between whites and blacks, African Americans benefited from European genes. Consider the number of multi-race African Americans and their achievements in U.S. history, Fredrick Douglas not the least.
Added onto the benefits the decedents of slaves received in America are the fruits of the industrial revolution, which inventions African Americans use on a daily basis. These (white) inventions include musical instruments (except the drums), TV, electricity, the automobile, the printing press, the computer, and the smart phone.
In addition, African Americans are handed — often free of charge — 5,000 years of intellectual history, mostly created and sustained by great work and sacrifice by white intellectuals. Granted, many African Americans refuse this gift, but it their’s for the taking.
Let’s compare the quality current American life for African Americans with the quality of current African life — even with the current level of (micro and unconscious) white racism in the U.S. A good measure of this comparison is an estimate of the number of African Americans who emigrate to Africa each year, where there is no white racism.
Then compare the current quality of life of the average African American with the quality of life of tribes in Sub-Saharan African if the Europeans had never invaded, colonized, and finally freed these tribes.
(The black con neurotic demand is that European settlers in America should have been morally transcendent – far above all Africans and all peoples of the world in that historical era. They should have gone to Africa and hired people at an acceptable wage and then granted these workers full citizenship rights.
This probably would have been financially, as well as politically, impossible. But in the creation of neurotic demands, the sky is the limit.)
Some philosophers say everything has a purpose. Some theologians say everything works out for the good. Some saints say ingratitude is the greatest of sins.
Perhaps racism is not the greatest of sins, but rather ingratitude is the greatest of sins. Or perhaps asking forgiveness for one’s moral failings and then not forgiving others is the greatest of sins.
For African Americans, slavery is the best thing that could have happened.
Hi RG, This is a good read. I must admit it has a lot of concepts and points that I would need time to ponder on, but overall it’s an interesting article.
Tx for your comment. I anxiously await your thoughts after contemplating these unorthodox ideas!
Hi RG, one point that I’m getting is that the justification of slavery of Americans (which resulted in importing African slaves) are what made the Africans,…actually African American..
Rachel Moss says
Hi RG, these are very unorthodox concepts and like David, I’m kinda weighing on how I align and relate it to my own personal perspective.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.