Re: Apologizing for slavery and segregation
Dear Mr. Laumann,
Sir, in regards and response to your letter referenced by the above link and heading, I take exception to a few of the things you write about. I will admit I am not a "History Major" but then anyone with a little book learning would easily know that some of which you write is way to the left of the truth.
You say "So, why the silence here in the U.S., where slavery continued for nearly 50 years after the British Parliament passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in March 1807?"
You well know that America passed the same exact anti slave trade legislation that the British did in January 1808. You chose for some reason to leave that part out of your piece. You also did a disservice by excluding the fact that English Slaves were not emancipated there until 1834 – some 26 years AFTER America passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act! You wouldn’t perchance be frightened of the truth now would you?
Then you say "When Bill Clinton tested the waters by suggesting slavery was wrong during a 1998 trip to Uganda, then House Republican Whip Tom DeLay lashed out at the president and the discussion abruptly ended."
Possible, more likely however is the fact you carefully avoided (habit?) that during that same trip, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni stated he blames "black traitors" more than white Europeans for the 17th and 18th century slave trade. "African chiefs were the ones waging war on each other and capturing their own people and selling them," he said. "If anyone should apologise it should be the African chiefs. We still have those traitors here even today." (March 1998)
Wow! Who knows more about the slave trade? The NAACP, a freshman democrat from Tennessee, and a 2-bit associate professor of Africa History, or a real life African living in Africa and ruling over an African Nation?
This statement was baseless and illogical "And while several states now have passed bills apologizing for slavery — most recently, Alabama, where the resolution expresses “profound regret” — the Confederate flag still flies across parts of the South as a reminder that many politicians deny the crimes of slavery and the Jim Crow segregation which followed it until about 40 years ago.
No sir, the United States flag flies over every nook and cranny of the entire United States as a reminder of the slaughter of Indians, Abortions by the millions, and a whole host of stuff. Slavery was legal in America for nearly 250 years – don’t you dare try to pin that crap on a Confederate Flag. Oh, and you are very knowledgeable that Brown Vs BOE happened in Topeka KANSAS (see: North)
What do you suppose was going thru Anthony Johnson’s mind (Black man, 1655 Virginia) when the local Judge granted him "Lifetime Servtitude" of John Casor (Black man) and established LEGAL precedent for slavery in America?
This statement "Marxists understand that the surplus from slave labor, performed over hundreds of years by Africans in the most institutionalized and violent system of slavery in history" tells me that those poor souls under the whip and work till they dropped dead for the Romans, or the Egyptians, or the Chinese, or the Japanese to the Chinese and USA POWs in WW2, or even the Germans to the Jews must surely have thought they were having a day at the fair compared to the poor blacks in America.
Why don’t you share with your few readers that slavery is still thriving in Africa, and neither Cohen nor yourself have lifted a finger to stop it. All you care about is spreading lies, obfuscating the truth, and seeking 15 minutes of fame.
I would really like to hear your rebuttal.
Thanks and God Bless