I don't believe you can blame slavery in all of the problems black people have today. Slavery was wrong, don't get me wrong. I do not think in any way it was right or good. It was horrible. But black poverty today is not a result of slavery. I was born and raised in rural Louisiana. I see black poverty right along with white poverty. I see successful black people right along with successful white people. It's a mindset, a lifestyle, not a reprecussion from slavery. And reverse discrimination bothers me just as much as racism.
ETA: I see the ChocolateReign beat me to it and was much more eloquent.
Are you for real?!
A previous poster who wrote that one cannot compare what Hitler did to slavery and that person is correct. Although both were atrocious, slavery was MUCH worse.
The Holocost lasted 4 years and most Jews received reparations. Some Jewish people received reparations from us, Americans!
Slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, lynching, et al last over 400 years! And where are the reparations? The Japanese received reparations, Native Americans, Jews; just about all but black people.
Slavery was genocide. 10-15%+ of the slaves died during the middle passage. I am sure that many of those who survived the passage wished they had died.
After slavery, when blacks tried to better themselves over 800 THRIVING black neighborhoods were destroyed, Black Wall Street (Kansas), CHARLOTTESVILLE, just to name a few.
It was mentioned that the Civil War was not about slavery but about freedom. FREEDOM TO DO WHAT?
Well, let's look at a few articles of cessation shall we?
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sunn
Alabama: One section reads:
Section 1. No slave in this State shall be emancipated by any act done to take effect in this State, or any other country.
NO, slavery was not waning in the South before the Civil War.
The greatest producer of our white-black wealth gap, in modern times, was/is (and things snowballed from there):
1) The New Deal where 85-90% of blacks were barred from receiving benefits
2) GI Bill (after WWII) - The greatest white affirmative action legislated in modern times.
Yes, slavery and its aftermath is the primary reason for black poverty.
Edited by Taz007, 20 August 2017 - 10:43 AM.