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White people DID NOT start slavery. Education 101

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

That was in a book of fiction.
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

Not sure who you think you are arguing with or why you are arguing the point. As far as white people not starting slavery, that may well be right. I've read historical accounts that many, maybe most but not sure, slave purchased out of africa were being sold by other africans that they enslaved from another tribe/nation/group etc. As for the white trash thing, I'm not sure. There were I'm sure many different sentiments and ideologies and emotions at play. I know most southerners didn't own slaves but still supported the civil war because they viewed it as an attack on the southern way of life and also the fear that if the slaves were freed then that doesn't just mean that the former slaves would all be shipped back to africa but would rather instead live amongst the white folk as equals, which I'm sure did not sit well with most in those days. I know that was a big sticking point for even northerners who didn't believe in slavery to a certain extent. The thought was "slavery is immoral" but at the same time the question of "what do we do with these former slaves afterwards? They will be angry and uneducated and uncivil, so we would need to find some way to keep them separated from civil society etc". Which is probably the very beginnings of segregation and Jim Crow to some extent.

All of that is interesting parts of the history of the country. I'd strongly encourage people to read historical accounts, or books like 7 years a slave by frederick douglas. But it seems like your argument is gearing towards "white people didn't start it, therefor there's no need to address the lasting implications or legacy of it." I'd be interested in your explanation of what the implications of what you're saying are. Do you think everyone thinks the white man is evil because of slavery and you are saying that's not true? Are you saying that as a country we should ignore the lasting impacts of slavery, and afterwards things like segregation and Jim Crow, because we didn't start it?
 

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That was in a book of fiction.

You are not aware that it's a fact that slavery was practiced in Africa long before Americans started buying them?

Slavery has been practiced all over the world, in most cultures. It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.
 

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You are not aware that it's a fact that slavery was practiced in Africa long before Americans started buying them?

Slavery has been practiced all over the world, in most cultures. It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.

Not so.
 

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You are not aware that it's a fact that slavery was practiced in Africa long before Americans started buying them?

Slavery has been practiced all over the world, in most cultures. It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.

Not quite
In 1588 the third Statute of Lithuania was signed, which finally completely abolished slavery.
 

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You are not aware that it's a fact that slavery was practiced in Africa long before Americans started buying them?

Slavery has been practiced all over the world, in most cultures. It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.

We weren’t the first to outlaw slavery. I know that France and Brazil at least beat us to it.
 

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You are not aware that it's a fact that slavery was practiced in Africa long before Americans started buying them?

Slavery has been practiced all over the world, in most cultures. It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.

I was referring to the fictional book. Is Gone With The Wind history?
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

Nobody was clean in the United States in regards to slavery except for the slaves themselves......got it?
 

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It was the white Americans who first had the idea to make it illegal.

No..

In 1833 in England a bill was passed abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire...

For you to make such a mistake like believing Americans were the 1st to make it illegal really kinds of makes the rest of this thread moot.
 

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No..

In 1833 in England a bill was passed abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire...

For you to make such a mistake like believing Americans were the 1st to make it illegal really kinds of makes the rest of this thread moot.

He makes lots of mistakes in every thread he participates in.
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

Perhaps I missed it, but who claimed that slavery was started by Europeans?


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Where does the education come in?
 

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Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years.

Way of life in other countries as well.
 

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That was in a book of fiction.

Actually not true. Roots was the life history of Alex Haley. The Africans lost trade with countries that told them to stop trading slaves.

The Africans were wedded to slavery as a part of their lives.

Slavery appears in the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi (c. 1860 BC), which refers to it as an established institution.
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

This is true. But whoever suggested that white people started slavery? They are the ones who practiced it here in this country while they were here for a few centuries. But the institution of slavery itself was a near-universal feature of all human societies for all history.

What's the debate topic here? That others have practiced slavery, so white-against-black racism and discrimination today is OK?
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

Who claimed that white people started slavery?

Nice false premise you're tossing around there.
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

Genes are still thriving in our trumpies
 

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Read some history guys. In fact do you remember the scene in Roots where Kunta Kinte gets captured... by other Africans!?

Slavery was an established institution and way of life in Africa for thousands of years. White people came along and took advantage of it - started buying slaves from Africans.

It all became a race thing once they were in the US. The white trash liked having someone to look down on so they rallied behind the slave owners when it came to war.

You are a very sensitive white person for even posting this. Slavery existed before America. History doesn't teach white people or America started slavery.
 

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So what? Fiction is often based on fact. Are you denying the OP thesis?

Another person who feels victimized by their skin color
 

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Another person who feels victimized by their skin color
And you know my skin color, do you? Or are you going for the irony implicit in the topic of slavery construed as skin-color victimization?
 

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You are a very sensitive white person for even posting this. Slavery existed before America. History doesn't teach white people or America started slavery.

Which kind of renders the whole "Education 101" portion of the thread title as being a tad ironic.


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