It is demeaning to nation for Mrs. Obama to discuss slavery

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    Your opinion is very well stated and is 100% right on! I've always had the impression that Michelle strongly dislikes what she sees in her mirror and her utterly redundant and counterproductive little class field-trip confirms it.

    In addition to strongly calling attention to the issue of slavery, which unavoidably evokes major issues of racial disparity in the minds of those school children, I doubt that Lady Michelle's tour of a slave house included an advisement that there would never have been Black slaves in America were it not for the Black slave dealers in Africa who captured other Blacks and sold them to the Dutch, Arab, and Portugese traders who brought them here. And I wonder if she told the children about the many (rarely mentioned) free Blacks in the South who were, themselves, slave owners who also bought and sold Black slaves.

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    Several nations such as the Ashanti of present-day Ghana and the Yoruba of present-day Nigeria were involved in slave-trading. Groups such as the Imbangala of Angola and the Nyamwezi of Tanzania would serve as intermediaries or roving bands, waging war on African states to capture people for export as slaves. Historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. 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."

    Slavery in Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Save us from your "whites had it just as bad" comparisons

    You are embarrassing yourself
     
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    Ummmm

    How is this relevant to the history of how AMERICA treated its blacks for 250 years and how AMERICA created its own Constitution that permitted this hateful practice to continue?
     
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    Was Michelle talking about how she treats Barry like a slave?
     
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    Skye and MikeK run around in circles in denying the factuality of the incredible history and shame of American Negro chattel slavery, of the 250000 thousand who were shipped here and their tens of millions of descendants.

    Michelle Obama is correct to keep that history alive and others are un-American in attempting to minimalize that fact.
     
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    Naaaaah, Michelle just hates America. Apparently she goes to slave events whenever she can. Sheeeeesh, how tiresome.

    Note where you say we paid to ship a quarter million here: and now there are tens of millions of them. They have made out like bandits!! They should quit complaining while they open their welfare checks.

    They wouldn't be getting any welfare checks if they were still in Africa.
     
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    It wasn't only Whites who engaged in and profited from the practice of Black slavery. So if you're going to tell the story, tell the whole story -- especially to a group of impressionable school children. That is unless you're intention is to perpetuate racial antagonism.
     
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    I wonder if she told those children how the first slave in America was owned by a free black man. If not for that court case, who knows if or when we would have had slavery in America. Is that another example of black on black crime?
     
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    Nah, you are tiresome and un-American. Your nonsense is on the ash heap of history.
     
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    Who's denying the practice of Black slavery existed in America? I'm simply tired of hearing and reading what essentially is an oblique indictment of White people when the fact is Blacks had their hand in the practice, too. The problem is we never hear about that.

    Again, if she's going to tell the story, tell the whole story. There is nothing un-American about that. And unless the whole truth makes you uncomfortable, the following is excerpted from a book I think you need to read. It's published by the University of South Carolina Press and you can get it from Amazon -- if you're interested.

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    Most Americans, both black and white, believe that slavery was a system exclusively maintained by whites to exploit blacks, but Larry Koger's authoritative study portrays the small yet significant role that African Americans played as masters in the peculiar institution. By profiling South Carolina's diverse population of African-American slaveowners, he demonstrates that free African-Americans embraced slavery as a viable economic system and that they—like their white counterparts—exploited the labor of slaves on their farms and in their businesses.

    Koger sheds light on the rationale behind African-American slaveholding, reveals the caste system that existed within antebellum African-American society, and challenges the notion that African Americans purchased slaves primarily for humanitarian reasons.

    Larry Koger holds an M.A. in history from Howard University and lives in Washington, D.C.


    Black Slaveowners

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