Slavery: don’t blame Whites

How Islam breathed new life into slavery and the slave trade in Europe

I recently bought the book White Gold, a true account of Europeans enslaved in the Ottoman Empire. It got me curious, and on further digging, I learned that the African slave trade was run by Arabs for 1400 years. (European involvement in the African slave trade lasted 300 years. Do the math.) Years ago, somebody told me that the reason more and more American blacks were converting to Islam was that the majority of black people worldwide were Muslims. Now I know why: Arabs converted Africans at the point of a scimitar. Islam is no more “native” to them than Christianity. Both religions were born in another part of the world and were forced upon them.

So who gets the blame for slavery? THE JOOZ, of course! Black nationalist nutbars, along with lumping Oriental people in with teh ebil white oppressors, like to claim that a majority of American slaveowners were Jewish, when in fact Jews were only a tiny percentage. (Considering the strict rules in the Torah regulating slavery, it’s too bad that Jews weren’t the main slaveowners. Among other things, after seven years a Jew has to set his slaves free. Also, if he injures his slave, he has to free him. Antebellum Gentiles, when using the Old Testament to justify slavery, sort of ignored those trifling details.) Heck, I once came across a forum where someone declared that of course he wasn’t a racist, he believed that “American blacks could have a much better life if it weren’t for the Jews.” Never mind that historically, Jews were fighting segregation and similar laws all along. There are still a lot of people who seriously believe that Jews live to persecute Gentiles in one way or another. Yep, all 13 million of us keeping the other 6 billion people down.

Meanwhile, American and European blacks convert to the faith of the people who began and perpetuated the African slave trade.

Who Killed Slavery?

But slavery pre-dated Christianity by centuries and even millennia. As we read from sociologist Orlando Patterson’s work, all known cultures had slavery. For centuries, slavery needed no defenders because it had no critics. Atheists who champion ancient Greece and pre-Christian Rome somehow seem to forget that those empires were based on large-scale enslavement.

Atheist Michael Shermer says Christians are “late comers” to the movement against slavery. But if this is true, who were the early comers? There weren’t any. Shermer probably thinks the Christians only got around to opposing slavery in the modern era.

By Selwyn Duke
February 24, 2009

This philosophy imbues school textbooks. While featured prominently are the sins of whites, others’ sins are whitewashed. For instance, due to special-interest-group pressure – such as that applied by Moslem activists – examples of slavery perpetrated by non-whites are in short supply or are sanitized. This, despite the fact that Moslem North Africans did at one time capture young boys of both the white and black races, castrate them and sell them into slavery. And this bias is a continuation of decades of anti-white propaganda of the kind embodied in Susan Sontag’s famous 1967 line, “The white race is the cancer of human history.” It’s an idea that has taken hold.

Thus must I mount a defense of the white race. But I want to preface it with a few remarks. First, don’t ask why I undertake such an endeavor. When the president has a preacher talking about the black, brown, yellow, red and white, it’s silly to ask why I speak of race. I’m not initiating such a discussion, I’m responding. I’m not throwing punches, I’m blocking.

Second, because of this – since I’m refuting those who assign blame by highlighting the sins of whites – it’s necessary that I trumpet whites’ accomplishments. Unlike those I’m refuting, however – who often ascribe the evils they feature to something inherent in whites – I don’t claim there is an innate quality in the race that should be credited with all these triumphs. On the contrary, I believe the force primarily responsible for Western civilization’s glories is Christianity, but that is grist for a different day.

It’s not hard to figure out where a defense of whites must start: Slavery. It’s the most odd of issues, in that we all thoroughly agree on the wrongness of it yet it is thoroughly divisive. It is the defining grievance of black America, something that imbues millions of black psyches. As an example, I attended a gathering a few years ago at which there was a certain guest, a rather emotive and outgoing black fellow who was very good at relating every topic of discussion, from the meaningful to the mundane, to America’s slavery. It was as if he could channel Kunta Kinte in every conversation.

Yet the reality of slavery is that, along with prostitution, it is one of the world’s oldest institutions. It is mentioned in the Bible and Koran, and, to the best of my knowledge, every major civilization has practiced it. And, if we’re to believe history and Afrocentrists (and I suppose you cannot believe both), the ancient Egyptians were black and enslaved Jews.

Moreover, the Islamic slave trade took at least as many Africans into bondage as did the European variety, and African tribes themselves had slaves and sold them to both civilizations. Additionally, while the word “slave” conjures up the image of a black person in the typical American mind, the term itself is derived from the word “Slav.” This is because great numbers of Slavs were once sold into slavery by conquering peoples. In other words, no group ever cornered the market on slavery – it touched ever corner of the Earth.

Yet, in the history of involuntary servitude, something else should be noted. It is a startling fact:

While whites weren’t the first ones to practice slavery, they were the first ones to abolish it.

Let’s be clear about this. Slavery was accepted. It was the status quo. It was an institution whose origin was shrouded in the mists of time. It was unquestioned.

That is, until Europeans said “No more.”

It was not Asians who effected this bold and unprecedented social change. It was not South Americans. It was not Africans. It was not American Indians. It was not Aborigines. It was Europeans, that cancer of human history, and they were just as white then as they are today. They gave the world change you can really believe in.


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