Yep, this was before America. So, stop with the guilty conscience when Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan Muhammed, Sr. (born Louis Eugene Wolcott) try to lay the slavery issue at your feet.
And, by the way, you may also find the below info interesting….
First Slave owner in the US was black and more history they don’t want you to know
How many Americans know that the first slave owner in America was a black tobacco farmer? How many Americans are aware that thousands of free blacks in the South were, themselves, slave owners?
Answer: Very few.
Embedded in the minds of Americans is a grand distortion of black history.
Our perception depends largely on activists in Hollywood and revisionists in academia. Add those who parrot Hollywood and academia and you have a broad swath of ignorance prevailing in America.
DailyKenn.com is here to set the record straight; at least in part.
Did you know the following about black history in America?
• The first slave owner in American history was black.
Anthony Johnson came to the American colonies in August, 1619 as an indentured servant. In 1623 Johnson had completed his indenture and was recognized as a free negro. In 1651 he acquired 250 acres of land in Virginia, later adding another 250 acres; a sizable holding at the time.
John Casor, a black indentured servant employed by Johnson, became America’s first slave after a legal dispute with Robert Parker. Parker was a white colonist who employed Casor while Casor was still indentured to Johnson. Johnson sued Parker in Northampton Court in 1654. The court upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as a slave on March 8, 1655. The court found:
The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.
Five years later, in 1670, the colonial assembly passed legislation permitting blacks and Indians the right to own slaves of their own race, but prohibiting them from owning White slaves.
Also the best known slave-trade areas were run by Africans & Arabs in the Middle East / North African areas… prior to the East African areas.
[Read More about Black Slave Owners in the South as well as the North, lynching victims, etc. HERE]
And, actually, at the time of the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, there were less than 50,000 slaves in America – – and the vast majority of them were white. The white slaves not indentured, who began to arrive here in 1618 (black slaves didn’t start arriving until the latter part of the 1600’s when there weren’t enough white slaves to fill the need), included hundreds of children – – waifs and strays – - who had been rounded up from streets of London to serve wealthy farmers in Virginia.
Other slaves came from the ranks of the homeless and the poor, whom King James I held responsible for spreading the plague, and from England’s swelling prison population.
The scheme was supported by James I, who believed the homeless and itinerant of London were spreading plague.
Of the first 300 white slaves to land in Virginia, only 12 managed to survive four years. The others died of ill treatment, disease, attack by native Americans or overwork.
Contemporary records show that one child victim, Elizabeth Abbott, was beaten to death when her master ordered her to be given 500 lashes for running away.
At least 70,000 white men, women, and children from England and Ireland were shipped to the colonies to be sold as slaves on the auction block during the 170 years of British rule.
The word slave originally was a reference to Whites of East European origin - “Slavs.”
So, now your revisionist addled minds can be somewhat put at ease. And, the next time Jessie, b.o., Al, black teacher union presidents, and etc. come around race baiting you tell them where to put it thanks to the fact that their ancestors started the African slave trade and American black slavery in the first place and white slaves predated black.
I don’t even see how modern black people can even pull the whole “slavery” argument anymore. None of them were alive back then to be slaves. None of the white people now, were alive to own slaves. How can this argument possibly translate to modern day? Answer: It can’t. It’s just a lame cop out. Your ancestors being enslaved does not entitle you to any sympathy or privilege.
Plus, white people were enslaved by Africans for hundreds of years. So, if we all get to play the your-ancestors-enslaved-my-ancestors-so-you-owe-me card, I think we have first dibs on it.
I will share this until people acknowledge that almost every race/ethnicity has been enslaved at one point or another and has also owned slaves at one point or another. It was not just a white-owned-black thing.
I also agree that none of us have ever personally been slaves or personally held slaves, so using past slavery as an excuse for anything is just plain stupid.