Is slavery a big issue?

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    I was in Ghana last month and visited a few of the massive slave castles built by the British, Duth and Portuguese and used to ship slaves to the Americas.

    The numbers are fairly staggering - the Portuguese alone shipped 4.65 million people. Even tiny Denmark shipped 50,000 slaves. Ghana alone saw 1.5 million people exported from their coastline.

    What got me thinking is that slavery doesn't seem to have received a huge amount of media coverage over the years.

    I can think of one movie (Spielberg's Amistad) and one TV series (Roots) and a couple of books which refer to it, but not a great deal when one considers how important the trade was to the history of the US.

    Even Amistad was made by a Jewish director rather than an African-American one!

    Is slavery too sensitive to discuss, or is it just so long ago that no one cares anymore?
     
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    Let me look in my garden. Hmmmm, a tractor, a hoe, some yellow tape to scare the deer away .... Mmmmmmmmmmmm nope, slavery doesent appear to be an issue. Wait, do my kids count?

    Roots was highly plagerised and the story was mostly false. However, I talked/read about it extensively in my Southern Culture class in college a few years back. Not to mention that black history class I had to take to get my BA in history where I learned how white and black Marxists/socialists filled and exploited the void in the black community left from the exclusion by American whites. Which is why today they still vote to stay dependent on "massuh democrats" plantation.
     
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    Oh dear.

    I somehow doubt you have gay people marrying in your back garden either, but somehow I think for many Americans that is a big deal.

    And yes, your kids do count if by that you mean educating them on the history of the country they live in.
     
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    Slavery is only a big deal if used as a modern bargaining chip to bring historical sympathy to an modern political ends. And a weak one at that. What's with the gay marriage comment. I don't know a single place in the US where gays can't get married. do you? Marriage is between a party of two and their God. Huh? They want tax deductions and benefits you say? Then that issue isnt about marrage is it? It's about money and tax Write offs.

    With a BA in History Id like to think that I am better equipped on the subject of history than most. A meager degree, I know, but the Masters will come at a later time.
     
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    What IS a big deal is the confused masses who seem to believe that America was the only nation built on the backs of African slaves or even that America was somehow the worst offender.
    Anyone interested in the slavery issue would do well to remedy that bit of confusion first and foremost.
     
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    The same could be said of the Holocaust, and yet I can think of a dozen major movies (Sohpie's Choice, Schindler's List, The Reader) to have touched on specific elements of that during the past 20 years or so.

    I agree that slavery, like the Holocaust, can be used as a bargaining chip, but on the other hand, it remains a crucial aspect of American (and African & European) history.

    I'm surprised African-Americans don't focus more on it - not as a means to screw more welfare out of the state, but as a means of informing both black and white people as to the history and what that history means for the US.
     
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    First - You lucky bastard. I'd love to get over there and see some of that history.

    On topic.
    Slavery of old only needs to be an issue for history and part of learning not to repeat the mistakes of old.
    Sadly, we don't.
    Slavery is still strong in many western countries including the US and UK.
    Much is now sex slavery from Asian to Asian or Asian to western countries.
    (probably other poorer countries as well)

    Hardly anyone seems to be aware of the scale of the problem and no one seems to give a shit.
    It's just happened to my wife's doctor's niece. She was forced to work as a prostitute but managed to escape after just a few days.
    However, multiple rapes over several days is bound to have a serious effect on a girl of only 15 years old.
     
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    I totally agree.

    I thought the local museums did a good job of mapping the slave trade, making it very clear the role France, Denmark and Sweden etc played, and also looking at countries like Brazil, Haiti, Jamaica.
     
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    Ghana was terrific, and quite easy travel. I definitely recommend it.

    I totally agree about slavery today. Perhaps because most of us in the west never see slavery anymore, we seem to have forgotten it as an issue. And yet how many of the products we buy were produced by slaves? My guess is - a lot.

    We have a lot of work to do to end slavery, but most of it needs to be done in Asia and Africa.
     
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    I knew it would be impossible for this thread to run without mention of 7 million assholes living on stolen real estate and their beloved(send money) HoloHoax.:cuckoo:
     

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