American History: Slavery Revision Edition

This past week the First Lady addressed the Democratic National Convention and broke the news that slaves had built the White House.

Some historians and/or pundits countered that “others” also had a hand in building the White House.

Which is a true statement.

Yet the “others” comprised about 33% percent of the people who built both the White House and the Capitol.  The majority—slaves.

As a matter of fact, there are some folks in our country that believe that slavery wasn’t all that bad.

It would seem that a bit of revisionist history about the horrors of slavery is unfolding right before our eyes.


It’s as if they would have you believe that some well meaning colonist sailed to Africa and setup a table to recruit black people to come to America.

That was not the case.

In fact, in addition to European raiding parties, a number of Africans were sold into trans Atlantic slavery by other Africans.  None of this was voluntary.  Regardless of how the people got on the boat—they were on the boat.

Yet some would have you think that the most horrific and brutal period in American history provided a benefit to the enslaved.  I’m confident that if the revisionists had their way they’d “spin” American slavery in the following manner:

1.  Are you folks interested in a free cruise to an exciting new vacation destination?

2.  How would you like to travel to an emerging country to help the children of immigrants establish their new agrarian economy?

3.  …Yeah, it’s kind of like Habitat for Humanity but with a permanent live in option.

4.  Interested in reducing your student loan debt?

5.  You said you needed an unpaid internship?

6.  I think I have a way for your to fulfill your service hours requirement…

7.  Yeah—Semester at Sea…

Sounds a little silly doesn’t it?

Make no mistake, the capture, transport and bondage of 600,000 people in American was (and is) no laughing matter.  It happened.  It was brutal.  It is still an open wound upon the body of this country.

Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise clearly doesn’t know their history.


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