“Inconvenient truths” about slavery reparations.

Cherokee expel descendants of their slaves from the tribe

Truth knows no color. Larry Elder is known as the “sage from South Central” (L.A. that is). He is also black, and would presumably benefit from reparations. But here is what he says: Many of today’s non-black Americans are descendants of post-Civil War immigrants, as few as 5% of today’s whites have a “generational” connection to slavery. University of North Carolina historian Joseph T. Glatthaar estimates that 4.9% of the population, or 24.9% of households in slave states, owned slaves. Of the free blacks living in the South, some were slave owners. Famed historian Carter G. Woodson found that in 1830, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves. Those we call “Native Americans” also owned black slaves. McGrath writes: “Accompanying the Cherokee on their ‘Trail of Tears’ were some 2,000 black slaves. They were put to work on Cherokee farms in the new tribal home, raising cotton, corn, and garden crops, and tending hogs and cattle. … During the antebellum decade, slavery reached its peak among the Five Civilized Tribes. The Cherokee, numbering only about 20,000 themselves, owned nearly 5,000 black slaves; the Choctaw 2,500; the Creeks 2,000; and the Chickasaw and Seminole about a thousand each. To protect their slave property, the Five Civilized Tribes, except for a few dissident factions, sided with the Confederacy when the Civil War erupted.”

“The government did not own slaves; people did. Conservative Dinesh D’Souza estimates that no more than 10 Republicans, out of tens of thousands of slave owners, owned slaves. The Ku Klux Klan was founded by Democrats. Congressional Democrats were overwhelmingly opposed to the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. As a percentage of their party, more Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did Democrats. Maybe the Democrats should sue themselves to pay for reparations.”

Dynamite stuff, the truth. Needless to say, Ta-nehisi Coates, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Cory Booker, Danny Glover and other black (+ tan, cafe au lait, brown, mocha, etc) proponents of slavery reparations will never acknowledge such truths. The picture above was printed in the U.K. Daily Mail. The idea that individuals in the most favored intersectional group owned other individuals in the next most favored intersectional group is too unacceptable to today’s U.S. publications. Just try to find an old photograph of a black slave owner, given that former black slaves became slave owners. The following is a blurb on Amazon about a book called Black Masters: “In 1860, when four million African Americans were enslaved, a quarter-million others, including William Ellison, were “free people of color.” But Ellison was remarkable. Born a slave, his experience spans the history of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In a day when most Americans, black and white, worked the soil, barely scraping together a living, Ellison was a cotton-gin maker―a master craftsman. When nearly all free blacks were destitute, Ellison was wealthy and well-established. He owned a large plantation and more slaves than all but the richest white planters.

Wouldn’t you like to know where the word slave comes from? The English word slave comes from Old French sclave, from the Medieval Latin sclavus, from the Byzantine Greek σκλάβος, which, in turn, comes from the etymon of the ethnonym Slav, because in some early Medieval wars many Slavs were captured and enslaved. An older interpretation connected it to the Greek verb skyleúo ‘to strip a slain enemy’. The application of Slav to slave occurred most directly in the wars between Christians and Muslim Turks, and derives from the mind boggling numbers of women and children who were forced to be sexual slaves or be killed. In conquering Hungary and Serbia, around 1440, Turkic Muslims under Murad carried off 400,000 to slavery, much of it sexual. The conquerors were driven by a desire for plunder, which included sexual slaves. The Turkish word “kiz”, which meant girl or slave girl, was also applied at the same time to denote a Christian woman. While slavery is outlawed in the world today, it is still practiced, mainly sexually, in many parts of Asia and Africa, especially where Islam is ascendant. (However, India has the largest number of slaves, over 14 million.) Around 1520, Sulieman enlisted the most notorious of the Barbary pirates into his service for “sea jihad.” By 1541, Algiers teemed with so many Christian captives that a common saying was, “a Christian slave is scarce fair barter for an onion.”