Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:43 AM
hack89 (24,769 posts)
They are now defending slavery at FR
9 replies, 954 views
They are now defending slavery at FR (Original post)
|The Magistrate||Oct 2012||#6|
Response to Drale (Reply #2)
Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:56 AM
Enrique (24,109 posts)
5. Walter Williams defending Jon Hubbard
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.” Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, “The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.”
My yet-to-be-learned lesson – and perhaps that of Rep. Hubbard – is that there are certain topics or arguments that one should not bring up in the presence of children or those with little understanding. Both might see that explaining a phenomenon is the same as giving it moral sanction or justification. It’s as if one’s explanation that the independent influence of gravity on a falling object is to cause it to accelerate at 32 feet per second per second could be interpreted as giving moral sanction and justification to gravity.
Slavery is widely misunderstood and as such has been a tool for hustlers and demagogues. Slavery has been part of the human condition throughout recorded history and everywhere on the globe. Romans enslaved other Europeans; Greeks enslaved other Greeks; Asians enslaved Asians; Africans enslaved Africans; and in the New World, Aztecs enslaved Aztecs and other native groups. Even the word slave is derived from the fact that Slavic people were among the early European slaves.
Though racism has been used to justify slavery, the origins of slavery had little to do with racism. In recent history, the major slave traders and slave owners have been Arabs, who enslaved Europeans, black Africans and Asians. A unique aspect of slavery in the Western world was the moral outrage against it, which began to emerge in the 18th century and led to massive efforts to eliminate it. It was Britain’s military might and the sight of the Union Jack on the high seas that ultimately put an end to the slave trade.
Unfortunately, the facts about slavery are not the lessons taught in our schools and colleges. The gross misrepresentation and suggestion in textbooks and lectures is that slavery was a uniquely American practice done by racist white people to black people. Despite abundant historical evidence, youngsters are taught nothing about how the Founding Fathers quarreled, debated and agonized over the slave issue.
Response to hack89 (Original post)
Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:20 PM
edbermac (11,686 posts)
7. Reminds me of Sammy Davis on All In The Family
At 6.25 talking about slavery, his response to Archie is classic. That's all you can do, ridicule these idiots.
Response to hack89 (Original post)
Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:34 PM
Zalatix (8,994 posts)
9. One freeper smacked that thread down like the Hulk did Loki in the Avengers movie:
John Milton wrote that it was better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. So how anyone can look at slavery and say that it was in any way beneficial to the slave passes all understanding. We are not meant to be someone’s property, no matter how much benefit to future generations are attributed to it. As humans, regardless of race, our natural state is to be free. To make our own decisions and be masters of our own fate, regardless of surroundings. And for someone claiming to be a conservative, a political theory whose guiding principles are freedom and liberty, to speak well of slavery is an absolute disgrace. He is no conservative, not in my book.
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