White Cargo The Forgotten History of Britains White Slaves in America
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Recently I wrote of the failure of white liberals to realize the consequences of their good intentions toward preferred minorities.
The cost of this miscalculation rises by the day. Now white people in America are to be stripped of their history, because white history traumatizes preferred minorities. At George Washington High School in northern California an historic mural depicting the school's namesake has been declared offensive.
You can read the mural's history here.
This means that history itself is offensive as are the Founding Fathers as some of them, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves. Al Sharpton says the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., is "an insult to my family." He demands that the funding for the national monument cease. Next Antifa, or some other collection of violent morons, will vandalized the Jefferson Memorial and then agitate for its removal. We will also have to burn the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as they are "racist documents." And take Washington's picture off of the one dollar bill and Jefferson's off of the two dollar bill, which has already disappeared from circulation.
The lack of any historical awareness is testimony to the complete failure of American Education at every level.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are not responsible for slavery. Slavery was an institution that existed in the English colonies a century before Washington and Jefferson were born. For them it was an inherited institution. It was all they could do to free the colonies from the British. The reason there was slavery in the new world is that there was no work force with which to develop the resources. With no labor to hire, labor was purchased as chattel.
The first slaves brought to the North American British colonies were white. As Don Jordan and Michael Walsh document in White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America (New York University Press, 2007), the first slaves were white children. Beginning in 1618, the authorities in London began sweeping up urchins from the slums and shipping them to the colonies. "They were sold to planters to work in the fields and half of them were dead within a year. Shipments of children continued from England and then from Ireland for decades."
Undesirables -- convicts, prostitutes, beggars, Quakers, Catholics -- were pressed into slavery and sold in the colonies.
The Irish were a large source of slaves. Under Oliver Cromwell's ethnic-cleansing policy in Ireland, unknown numbers of Catholic men, women and children were forcibly transported to the colonies and sold as slaves.
Kidnappers snatched people from English streets and sold them to planters' agents. "London's most active kidnap gang discussed their targets at a daily meeting in St Paul's Cathedral."
And there were "indentured servants," many of whom remained indentured for their lifetimes.
Jordan and Walsh report that today in the US there are tens of millions of white Americans who are descended from white slaves. If the tens of millions are more than 47 million, there are more white descendants of slaves in the US than black descendants.
White slaves suffered all the horrors, if not more, that the subsequent black slaves suffered, but their story is not part of the educational curriculum. Blacks and their white advocates would never stand for it, because white slavery detracts from the racist image that black studies has created, an image that conveys special victim status to blacks just as the Jews have acquired by the holocaust. But the facts are, report Jordan and Walsh, that black slavery emerged out of white slavery and was based upon it. They quote the African-American writer Lerone Bennett Jr:
"When someone removes the cataracts of whiteness from our eyes, and when we look with unclouded vision on the bloody shadows of the American past, we will recognize for the first time that the Afro-American, who was so often second in freedom, was also second in slavery."
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