On Flags, Slavery, and Racism

Confederate Flag

With all the talk about the confederate flag, slavery and racism, I’d like to offer a few thoughts to ponder…

1: The first documented [legal] slave owner in the US was a free black man…

“The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.” – Northampton Court March 8th 1655; Virginia.

Mr Johnson came to the new world as an indentured servant and after completing his service he went on to buy a total of 500 acres of land in Virginia and he owned black slaves. Which was perfectly legal and was, as shown above, upheld in court. Parker was another slave owner, a white one, and he was using Mr Casor without the permission of Mr Johnson. Johnson sued and the court upheld his claim.

By 1830, there were almost 3,800 black slaveholders in the south who owned collectively over 12k black slaves. Mostly located in Louisiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

In 1860 the largest black slave owner in South Carolina was William Ellison, a black plantation owner who owned 63 slaves at the time

I’m not trying to say that whites didn’t own black or that black slave owners were the majority, just that slavery and slave ownership didn’t know any color boundaries…

2: Currently around the world, Malaysia in particular, there still exists slavery. Of course we now refer to it as human trafficking, lest we confuse it for what it really is… This includes not only traditional slave labor, but also sex slaves, many of which are children. Lawmakers were pressured from dropping slave restrictions from the new Trans Pacific Partnership, the trade deal that Mr Obama is pushing to pass desperately.

3: In Greece, the IMF and EBC led mainly by Germany helped lead Greece into a financial trap and has since claimed sovereignty over the Greece. Sure, it’s more delicately worded than that, but essentially the Greek government under pressure from Germany and the rest of the EU has signed over ownership of Greece and it’s people in the latest twist of the ensuing financial war that is ongoing.

So… Tell me again how righteous you are for condemning a historical flag? What steps have you taken to understand slavery in the US and present it in a fair, accurate and historical prospective? What steps have you taken to expose and fight modern day slavery?

Yeah… I thought so…