Understanding What Was Unthinkable

Years ago, when reading history, I came across what looked like an untruth.  What I read made it seem that Africans sold other Africans to Europeans as slaves.

I thought that this couldn’t be true.

Despite reading how Europeans did not go into the interior of Africa, but remained on the Coast, it still seemed strange to me that Africans would capture other Africans and sell them. They knew there were ships that would take these Africans somewhere far away. And no one ever returned.

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Recently, a Jamaican friend of mine, who is currently in America, has become a die hard Trump supporter. At first I thought it was a joke, he was being sarcastic.  But post after post, defense after defense made me realise that this Black Man supported Donald Trump.

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When the ‘protest’ about the ‘removal of statues’ began, and anyone could see the protesters holding Nazi flags, some dressed as Ku Klux Klan supporters, and know, this wasn’t an argument about a statue that was commissioned when Wilson was President and built and elected in 1924; it was about the mentality behind the erection of that statue.

The Civil War ended in 1864.  During the years following there was a push to get rights for ex-slaves. There was a push for citizenship.  This ended when Woodrow Wilson, an unapologetic white supremest became President.

Wilson’s parents moved to the South so as to own slaves.  They supported the South. Robert E. Lee was a personal hero of Woodrow.

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Before he became President of the United States, he was President of Princeton College. During that Presidency, he insure that no Black student was admitted.

When he became President he enforced segregation, fired many African Americans who held position. During his Presidency, lynching became common, Jim Crow was in full force, because the White Supremists knew they had a defender in the White House.

Many of the statues of Confederate ‘heroes’ were built by White Supremists. They were built to commemorate the wonderful days of slavery.

For a Black man, who would have been a slave when the subject of the statue was alive, to support Donald Trump. To speak against those people who made up the anti-racism group, proves to me that yes, Black people did sell Black people into slavery.


What do you think?

Written by jaylar


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  1. It’s not news to me about how the slavers got their slaves – I thought that was common knowledge. The Africans in question did not see themselves as united with others by virtue of the colour of their skin – they only distinguished between friend and foe, and men who offered them money (in the form of cheap goods from Europe such as metal pots and pans) to dispose of their foes were definitely friends.

    My problem with the Confederate statues is that they are of men who were traitors to the nation and sought to destroy it. I know of no other country that would tolerate the celebration of its enemies in such a way.

    • Yes, that is another point, on top of all the points which make a picket fence. These men would have been, (if you look at countries like Turkey or Syria or even those in the IRA) executed by the state. Many were pardoned.

      If they erected statues in 1870 to commemorate the defeat of the Confederacy or made the statues tragic as a failed attempt… but these statues were erect to celebrate White Supremacy. Even me, living way out here in Jamaica can do the research and learn when the statues were built, why.

      So it is really odd that so many Americans don’t know.

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