Senator Tim Kaine (VA-D) demonstrated unfathomable stupidity on the Senate floor in June 2020 with this pronouncement:
“The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody, we created it.”
That would be news to Moses, as well as those of ancient cultures:
- 30% of Ancient Greece were slaves
- 40% of Ancient Rome were slaves
- Numerous ethnic groups have been slaves
The 1619 Project claims that America was founded to protect and preserve slavery. Its curriculum also says that America’s constitutional system is the source of our society’s ills, foremost among them being racism.
So, in order to qualify as opposed to racism, you have to get rid of America’s constitutional system. That’s why they favor tearing down statues even of America’s slave emancipator, Abraham Lincoln.
Facts About Slavery
(primary source: David Barton, https://youtu.be/q1hNbRcV9Fc?t=364)
- Slavery is inhumane and barbaric. It is shameful that anyone was ever enslaved in this country. But it’s not exclusively nor primarily American.
- When Columbus arrived in America, approximately 20% to 40% of native Americans were enslaved by fellow Native Americans.
- Muslims operated the African slave trade from roughly 1501 to 1870
- 12.7 million Africans taken out of Africa to be sold as slaves. About 2 million died during the voyage, leaving 10.5 million sold into slavery:
- 43% went to Portugal/Brazil
- 24% to Great Britain
- 15% to Spain
- 11% to France
- 5% to Dutch
- 2.5% to United States
- 1% to Denmark
- 300,000 slaves sold into America (more added through birth within the US), see: https://www.statista.com/chart/19068/trans-atlantic-slave-trade-by-country-region/
- The first recorded slave owner in Colonial America was Anthony Johnson, a black man who had himself been one of the indentured servants arriving in Jamestown in 1619. After serving his servitude and receiving freedom and free land from the state of Virginia, Johnson began sponsoring other indentured servants to come and work for him for seven years, after which time they would get their freedom and land. But one was so lazy and unproductive Anthony Johnson went to court asking that he own the man for the remainder of the man’s life since the man’s work had not repaid for what Johnson had invested. So the first actual case of slavery in America was in 1651 when a black man sued to own another black man.
- The first slave law was enacted in 1672 and it allowed you to own black slaves, white slaves, Indian slaves — any race.
- Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1 of the Constitution banned the slave trade, taking effect in 1808. This made America the first nation in the world to ban the slave trade (meaning no more importation of slaves).
- The “3/5th’s Compromise” that counted salves as only 60% of a person was not to minimize their personhood, but to limit the seats in Congress – and thus the political power – of slave states.
- By the time the Constitution was ratified slavery had been abolished in PA, MA, NH, CT, RI, and in all the future states north of the Ohio River in the Northwest Ordinance.
- At the time of the drafting of the Constitution, Northerners who opposed slavery assumed (wrongly) that slavery would fade away. They did not know that slavery in the South would be revolutionized and re-energized by the invention of the cotton gin in 1793.
- Free Blacks owned Slaves. Carter G. Woodson (https://www.amazon.com/Negro-Owners-Slaves-United-States/dp/1508771820) — the “father of black history” – took the 1830 US Census and went back to look at free blacks in the southern states who owned slaves. Not that there were a lot of free blacks in these states, but significant percentage of them owned black slaves:
- 43% of free blacks in South Carolina owned slaves
- 40% of free blacks in Louisiana owned slaves
- 26% of free blacks in Mississippi owned slaves
- 25% of free blacks in Alabama owned slaves
- 20% in of free blacks Georgia owned slaves
- In March 1854, the Republican Party was formed with a stated purpose to stop the spread of slavery into the western territories.
- The Civil War, a bloodbath that claimed 600,000 lives, and subsequent ratification of the 13th amendment ended slavery in the United States in 1865 – just the fourth nation of 124 in the world at that time to do so (following Great Britain, Denmark and France)
- There are approximately 40 million slaves in the world today. There are no laws against slavery in 94 United Nations member countries.
- The Democratic Party Democratic Party were the supporters of segregation, instigators of the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crowe Laws and slavery.
- Even the civil rights and voting rights acts of 1964-65 received a greater percentage of support from Republicans in Congress than from Democrats.Source: The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party
https://youtu.be/g_a7dQXilCo and https://youtu.be/OURy5WFp0zk
There is no looking at history through rose-colored glasses that ignores the inhumanity of slavery and racial discrimination but the history of God and race in America is, as Mark Noll puts it, a ‘tangled history’ filled with “moral complexity.” – Mark A. Noll, God and Race in American Politics: A Short History
The 1619 Project, perhaps the backbone of Critical Race Theory, exploits ignorance of American history to construct an alternate universe the goal of which is to destroy the Judea-Christian heritage of America.