By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

exists in our culture.  It exists in
every culture.  There will always be
those who take so much pride in who they are that they either mistake it as
being the result of their race or ethnicity, or they do it because it is
culturally expected among their peers.  I
can’t count how many times I’ve come across folks that I don’t necessarily
consider racist, and then suddenly they break out the “black pride” or “brown
pride” slogan.  Of course, that is
usually not considered racist.  Our
current culture has largely come to the conclusion that those who have suffered
from racism can’t be racist, therefore, the only people capable of racism is
white people.
remember when I was in construction one of the new workers on a jobsite had
shorts on and on his calf was a tattoo that said, “white pride.”  A Mexican co-worker asked him during break, “are
you racist, or somethin’?”
young man with the tattoo said, “You have a brown pride bumper sticker on your
truck because you are proud to be brown, but you don’t think it’s racist, do
young Mexican kid replied, “No, I’m just proud of my heritage.”
blonde kid grinned.  “So am I.”
book, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, without any proof, or truly knowing
what you think inside your own skull, wrote that all white people are
racist.  If you deny it, that too is a
sign of your racism.  That attitude has
essentially become the conventional wisdom in the world, and especially in the
United States.  White people, after all, practiced
slavery, and nothing can be more racist than that.
suppose one can argue that reverse racism exists, also, and if anything, racism
against whites is more prevalent, but nobody would believe you.  You know, because only white people can be
anger of black society against whites for the advent of slavery continues to
burn, we are told.  Reparations must be
paid, it has been said by some radicals. 
White people, who in this era have never owned slaves, need to pay
restitution to black people, who in this era were never slaves, due to the fact
that white people used to own slaves in the United States between the time of
the first colonies all the way until slavery was ended in America after the War
Between the States.
to show pride in their African ancestry, we have seen the emergence of terms
like “African-American,” and in some cases blacks in America shrouding
themselves in African garb.  For me that
is very curious, because if the black community is so angry with white people
for owning slaves in the early part of American History, shouldn’t they be even
angrier with Africa for selling them into slavery in the first place?  It wasn’t like white slave traders showed up
and simply plucked the potential slaves out of the African population like a
shopper picking a product off of a shelf. 
The African tribes, chiefs, or somebody who was indigenous to the
African landscape, had to make the offer. 
The Africans sold the people picked up by slave traders.  Shouldn’t members of the black community be
mad at Africa for selling their ancestors into slavery?
about Islam?  Slavery has always been a
big part of the Muslim culture, and slavery is still practiced in Islamic
countries to this day.
to Jack Kerwick, writing for Townhall, July 21, 2016, in an article titled, Racially Incorrect Facts Regarding Race and Slavery, “the very first legal slave owner in America was one Anthony
Johnson—a black man.”
goes on to explain in his article (using a flood of links as resources), “Relative
to their numbers in the population (27 million according to the 1860 census), a
miniscule number of whites owned slaves. Eight million whites lived in the
South, but of these, fewer than 325,000 owned slaves. What this means is that only 1.4 percent of the total white
population consisted of slave owners
, and only 4.8 percent of the white Southern population did so.”
means that as we approached the War Between the States, less than five percent
of the whites in the Confederate States of America actually owned slaves.  Slave owners were also a minority among those
who signed the Declaration of Independence, and of those who signed the U.S.
Constitution, as well.
Kerwick provides a shocking revelation. 
He wrote, “In glaring contrast, in this same year, there were 4.5
million blacks living in America, and 500,000 blacks in the South. Over half of
these—261, 988—were freed men. In the city of New Orleans alone, more than 3,000
blacks owned slaves. That is, 28 percent of the free black population consisted
of slave holders.
1830, the Census Bureau notes that free blacks owned more than 10,000 slaves in
the states of Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina.”
am thinking a bunch of folks screaming in the name of Black Lives Matter may
not know these facts.
continues, “In some cities during some decades in the 19th century, more than
75 percent of the free black population was comprised of slave holders, and
some of these black masters owned property in slaves that rivaled that of some
of their wealthiest white counterparts while far exceeding that of most slave
owners. The widow C. Richards and her son, to cite the most notable example, owned
152 slaves.”
probably seemed normal to those black slave owners to own slaves, because to be
honest, slavery was a common practice in Africa, as well.  If anything, slavery was more rampant in
Africa, and the Muslim world.
addition to owning black slaves, many of those black slave masters also owned
white slaves.
to Kerwick, “The majority of urban black slave owners were women.  Virtually all of the black slave masters were
mulattoes who not only enslaved their darker brethren, but refused to marry or
even attend church with freed men of darker hue.”
among the black population based on darkness of skin continues to this
day.  When I was a young child growing up
in North Long Beach I can still remember some of the ramblings around me
talking about the “dark-skinned gangs” and the “light-skinned gangs.”  Both groups were black gangs, but hated each
other largely due to the shade of their skin.
didn’t get involved with African slavery until the 15th century—very late in
the game, historically speaking. For at least the preceding 800-900 years, Arab
Muslims had been trafficking in African slaves—all, of course, as even Obama’s
friend and black Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates is at pains to show, with
the cooperation of African leaders who had been enslaving their fellow Africans
for even longer than this.
their Peoples and Empires in West Africa: West Africa in History, 1000-1800,
George T. Stride and Caroline Ifeka show that while slavery was endemic
throughout the continent, there were several groups like, to note just some
examples, the Oyo, Kaabu, and the Imbangala peoples that were particularly
ruthless and brutal at enslaving. Some African slave holders, as the black
American thinker Thomas Sowell has noted as well, used their slaves as human
sacrifices in religious rituals.”

It’s also important to note that human sacrifice existed among the central American and South American tribes that the Spanish eventually wiped out.
his Black Rednecks, White Liberals, in a chapter titled, ‘The Real History of
Slavery,’ Sowell’s commentary on the brutality of Arabic Muslims’ treatment of
African slaves is particularly difficult to digest. Muslims, he says, ‘marched
vast numbers of human beings from their homes [in Africa] where they had been
captured to the places where they would be sold, hundreds of miles away, often
spending months crossing the burning sands of the Sahara.’”
adds: “The death toll on these marches exceeded even the horrific toll on
packed slave ships crossing the Atlantic.”
don’t think that the Muslim hordes stopped at enslaving Africans.  Kerwin points out in his article that “books
like Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, The
Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 and White Slaves, African Masters: An
Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives confirm, so too were
millions of white Europeans and, in the 19th century, white Americans.”
all, it’s not for nothing that the very word “slave” derives from the
experience of mass enslavement suffered by the Slavs, i.e. white people.”

The United States Constitution was the first document to work to stem the slave trade, with a clause in Article I, Section 9 that was designed to outlaw the Atlantic Slave Trade.  The “white” American Congress followed through in 1808, passing legislation banning the import of slaves into the United States.  The abolitionist movement began in the northern States as America was becoming a country.  Benjamin Franklin’s “Society of Friends” was the first organization to work on the abolition of slavery.  Thomas Jefferson was also a staunch abolitionist, despite the fact that he owned slaves.  In his case, he was the reluctant slave owner who had inherited most of his slaves, and could not afford to free them.  Of the slaves he bought, he did so to keep families together when he noticed the bidding at an auction was going to likely separate children from their parents.

For those of you who wish to argue that the Constitution is a pro-slavery document, Frederick Douglas, an escaped slave and ardent abolitionist, once said that he did not consider the U.S. Constitution as being a pro-slavery document.

As for the anger over racism we are seeing in today’s culture, you will notice that the majority of the Black Lives Matter protesters are white liberals.  That’s because Black Lives Matter has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with trying to tear down the American System through violence, and a deconstruction of our history.  Why?  Because the movement is a Marxist movement fighting to end liberty in America and to put us all into political slavery under an authoritarian socialist system.

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