WSJ: When the Slave Traders Were African

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    abu afak ALLAH SNACKBAR!

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    Somehow all the Revisionist history has been about how bad us 'White Colonialists' were.
    Nothing about untold Milennia of genocide and slavery in Africa.
    Sorry but can't post whole artilce. Alas No exception is made for subscription sites either.

    When the Slave Traders Were African
    Those whose ancestors sold slaves to Europeans now struggle to come to terms with a painful legacy
    By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
    Sept. 20, 2019 - Wall Street Journal
    When the Slave Traders Were African

    This August marked 400 years since the first documented enslaved Africans arrived in the U.S. In 1619, a ship reached the Jamestown settlement in the colony of Virginia, carrying “some 20 and odd Negroes” who were kidnapped from their villages in present-day Angola. The anniversary coincides with a controversial debate in the U.S. about whether the country owes reparations to the descendants of slaves as compensation for centuries of injustice and inequality. It is a moment for posing questions of historic guilt and responsibility.

    ...Africans are now also reckoning with their own complicated legacy in the slave trade, and the infamous “Middle Passage” often looks different from across the Atlantic......The organization of the slave trade was structured to have the Europeans stay along the coast lines, relying on African middlemen and merchants to bring the slaves to them,” said Toyin Falola, a Nigerian professor of African studies at the University of Texas at Austin. “The Europeans couldn’t have gone into the interior to get the slaves themselves.”

    The anguished debate over slavery in the U.S. is often silent on the role that Africans played. That silence is echoed in many African countries, where there is hardly any national discussion or acknowledgment of the issue. From nursery school through university in Nigeria, I was taught about great African cultures and conquerors of times past but not about African involvement in the slave trade. In an attempt to reclaim some of the dignity that we lost during colonialism, Africans have tended to magnify stories of a glorious past of rich traditions and brave achievement..... But there are other, less discussed chapters of our history. When I was growing up, my father Chukwuma Nwaubani spoke glowingly of my great-grandfather, Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku, a chief among our Igbo ethnic group who sold slaves in the 19th century. “He was respected by everyone around,” he said. “Even the white people respected him.” From the 16th to the 19th centuries, an estimated 1.4 million Igbo people were transported across the Atlantic as slaves.

    Some families have chosen to hide similar histories. “We speak of it in whispers,”....
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    not true--blacks are perfect/inhuman
     
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    this history is FULLY AVAILABLE to any person interested in reality----the revisionists were -----guess who-----the MOVERS of the NOI-----the very
    ARABS of Arabia who dominated the slave trade for MILLENNIA (ie long before and
    after the birth of the BIG MO-----decided that the way to RECAPTURE the black
    persons of the world to the "CAUSE FOR ALLAH" was to convince them
    that THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL MUSLIMS (gawd help us)
     
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    No money for you!
     
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    Half of African countries still practice slavery even today
     
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    Slave traders --- which existed everywhere --- in Africa, were still not cramming their human commodities into vessels to send them to another continent where the victims would have no connection with the land or the culture. What you're trying to refer to here without saying it, because it's inconvenient, is TransAtlantic slave traders. That --- the bold part --- was what made this particular slavery different from all others. That, and the concept of "slave for life" by simple virtue of one's race. NONE of that was present in previous slavery systems in Africa, Asia, Europe or Native America.

    To be transported in chains to a foreign shore that may as well have been another planet, utterly unfamiliar in climate, culture, language, etc, was the ultimate control-freak subjugation of human chattel. Slavery over the millennia of human history derived from the spoils of war, not from cockamamie ideas of "race". That latter idea began with Columbus (who tried to enslave Indians and sent them back to Europe as "specimens") and left the launchpad of reason with the Spanish, French, British and Portuguese merchants dealing in human lives --- in other words, it derives from the greed of profit.

    And by the way this part here:

    >> This August marked 400 years since the first documented enslaved Africans arrived in the U.S. In 1619, a ship reached the Jamestown settlement in the colony of Virginia, carrying “some 20 and odd Negroes” who were kidnapped from their villages in present-day Angola. <<​

    ... is off by 93 years. The first enslaved Africans were brought to (what is now) the US, South Carolina specifically, in 1526. The happy ending is that this particular group revolted and escaped to live among the Native Americans. Needless to say, the US did not exist in 1526 or 1619, so it's erroneous on that basis as well.
     
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    Linky-link?
     
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    So the Spanish started this whole mess here. Let them pay somebody something.
     
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    wrong again POGOID ----the slave trade monopolized by Arab slave traders for
    MILLENNIA supplied chattel slaves THRUOUT north Africa, and ASIA ---and parts of Europe for MILLENNIA -------true the slaves were rarely kidnapped---but MOSTLY they were purchased from African chieftains FOR MILLENNIA ----some slaves were non Africans------kidnapped by arab slave traders on the high seas or even from the BALKANS-----learn some history-------CHATTEL SLAVES -----with
    -----very few if any rights at all-------and SKIN COLOR was a big issue thruout
     
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    So it was not the American's fault, right?
     
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