Some moron is always asking or commenting, "The Africans sold their own people into slavery !"

I guess some people don't realize that just like there are different nationalities in Europe, there are different nationalities within the African continent. And not just different races. Different nationalities, ethnicities, tribes among black Africans.

Consider in Europe, historically, what happened among the English and the Irish, Scottish, French, Spanish etc.; does anyone ever bemoan, "Look what the Europeans did to their OWN people ?"

Bet you they don't.

Slavery existed in Africa, but generally the slaves taken of members of defeated tribes from intertribal and international battles were the people sold to Americans and Europeans. The sellers didn't sell their own countrymen, and certainly not their family members.

Ironically, American slaveowners often sold their own CHILDREN from the rape of their female slaves---because "mulattoes" brought a higher price in some markets. THOSE were the folks actually "selling their own people".

Let the bigots wrap their minds around THAT.
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Just another way bigots justify their beliefs and behaviors. If Africans were complicit in the slave trade, then their descendants have only themselves to blame.

Henry Louis Gates, the Harvard Chair of African and African American Studies, has stated that "without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred."

Bravo!! Si bien dit, mon cher ami! :-) Malheureusement, peu importe combien de faits que nous avons à votre disposition, ces bigots continueront ignorant et belliqueux.

Bravo! If well said, my dear friend! :-) Unfortunately, no matter how many facts we have at your disposal, these bigots will continue ignorant and belligerent

the above is what hippleronin said

J'ai pris le Français au lycée. très peu de choses


Ce est sûr, mon cher ami. Je ai appris à un point où je économise à la fois mon souffle et mon énergie. Discuter avec des gens comme ça est une cause perdue. Ils ne croient pas dans la raison, la compréhension, ou la vérité d'ailleurs.

Ils croient que dans leurs points de moins parler ignorants et de fait. Ce diffamation et toute personne qui ne partage pas leur point de vue.

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One of my american ancestors was an Irish boy, sold in the US aged 11. He was playing on the docks in Dublin and the sailors asked him if he wanted to come out and see the ship. He stupidly hid, playing some game, and they cast off. When discovered he was sold as an 'indentured labourer' to 'pay' for his passage. He never went home. Standing there up for sale, a passing Quaker saw him and felt sorry for him. He bought him but allowed him to eat with the family and treated him as a son. As he grew he fell in love with their daughter 'the love of his life'. They married, but she died in childbirth. He survived the Fort Henry Massacre. During the revolutionary war he was a pacifist due to his Quaker principles. They treated him badly and he died in prison, refusing to fight.
I read that by 1775 there were 500,000 European migrants of which 55,000 were indentured labourers, most of whom never got their freedom due to manipulation of their debt, etc. Another 300,000 were african slaves who had no chance of freedom.

Just to balance out the views , it was essentially 'societies' of enlightened christians in England, much like the Quakers in this story, who fought for and eventually achieved the abolition of slavery, under the leadership of Wilberforce. The resistance was from commercial interests, not surprisingly. I'm so tired of the simplistic-minded generalisations about christianity without any acknowledgement of the contributions to the way we think today, particularly on issues of social justice. Wilberforce and co also set up the colony for returned slaves in Sierra Leone, where the Mende are from.

Sounds like the plot to, 'Slave Dancer.'