>White slaves pre-dated black slaves in America. As early as the Jamestown experiment, England emptied its jails of white slaves, sending them to America and Australia. Black slaves came later.
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But did you know that there were some 50,000 white slaves working on America’s tobacco plantations in the fifteenth century? Many of these were released after they served their time of servitude. As soon as a white slave arrived in America, he was placed on the auction block — probably in irons — and wealthy farmers bid on them just as you would bid on a piece of property.
Most of those white slaves, once emancipated, moved to the southern states and made up a large part of what we now consider the “Red Necks” of the South. The South during the Civil War consisted of many of these so-called
Red Necks or descendants of slaves, along with landed gentry. When you understand this piece of American history, you better understand why the people of the south are far more conservative, and suspicious of a black president and attorney general, than those people living north of the Mason-Dixon line.
No, the Reverend Jeramiah Wright, Obama’s good friend, did not grow up as a son of slaves. He lived in Pennsylvania and blacks up there lived as free men, even during the Civil War.
The “Red Necks”, or fliers of the Confederate flag, have served in every war, have been patriotic to the U.S. Constitution, and have not rioted in the streets of Chicago, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as have the blacks of this country. Generally, they are far more literate and peace loving than blacks. But there are many descendants of “Red Necks” who are poor in America.
How did they assimilate better than the Blacks in American traditions and society. Because they came from Great Britain where English was spoken and mores, religion, and customs which Americans adopted were taught. For this reason, it has been far more difficult for American Blacks to merge into the melting pot. They came from Africa and their standard of living was far behind that of Great Britain and other European Countries from whence came most of our White Americans.
People like Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barak Obama would disagree with this position, however. Holder has an article in the Wall Street Journal today that points out that although Blacks have the vote, the Whites do not totally accept Black people as they do Whites. I don’t think that is true, but even if it were it is probably very understandable. People are exclusive animals by nature, both Whites and Blacks. That doesn’t make it right.
There may be some substance to this remark by Holder, but times are not half as tough on Blacks, or on White former slaves, as they were in the 1960s in America. I would honor and appreciate any conflicting views. Click the comment key below and sound off!