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January 29, 2014

"A lukewarm bubble bath of historical guilt"

Barbarians at the Mall Entrance: While Americans continue to slosh around in a lukewarm bubble bath of historical guilt,
few probably realize that roughly ten times as many African slaves were transported to Brazil than to what is now the United States. They also likely aren’t aware that Brazil actually came close to having a slave system for the oft-quoted timespan of 400 years, whereas Americans abandoned the whole shebang after a comparatively piddling two centuries.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 29, 2014 8:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"Americans abandoned the whole shebang after a comparatively piddling two centuries"

Two centuries?? America, The United States, started in 1776 and slavery was over by 1865. Thats less than 90 years

Posted by: bgarrett at January 29, 2014 9:07 AM

Also conveniently kept out of the story is the African end of that supply line. Almost all of the slaves captured and shipped were provided by Black slave traders. A few Whites, ship owners, would meet them at the auction yards and docks but all the hunting and gathering was done by their own kind. A form of cannibalism, eh?

Posted by: chasmatic at January 29, 2014 12:38 PM

There were more white slaves in Africa then there ever were black slaves in the U.S. Just another one of those facts conveniently unspoken. One of the black women from ACORN stated in a public forum that all Americans owned slaves. It is likely that no more the 5% of Southerners ever owned any slaves and for the most part slavery was not allowed in the North. She stated that it was a "white disease" to own slaves and it is ironic that owning slaves was endemic in black Africa. Her heritage is from a slave owning society while probably 99% of the whites in the U.S. have no historical or ethnic tradition of owning slaves.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at January 29, 2014 4:17 PM

In the US today what is the ratio of caucasian tax slaves and negro tax slaves?

People that dredge up this ancient slave shit need to be bullwhipped. LOL

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 30, 2014 6:55 AM

If only Brazil had given up slavery. While they abolished slavery in 1888 (the last country in our hemisphere to do so), debt bondage and other forms of indentured servitude live on to this day, with an estimted 200,000 people still enslaved http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/01/29/268200235/brazils-slaves-are-being-freed-but-slaveholders-go-unpunished

Posted by: Fausta at January 30, 2014 8:05 AM

It was amusing to be standing in front of a huge world map 7 or 8 years ago in the Ellis Island Museum. Next to me were about a dozen Columbia University students in shock and awe over the trade routes of slavery and the overwhelming majority of slaves in Brazil and the Caribbean Islands compared to the United States. They were completely unaware of slavery existing anywhere but in America.

Posted by: Kimmon Johnson at January 30, 2014 8:22 AM

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