Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thomas Sowell on Slavery

"Just as Europeans enslaved Africans, North Africans enslaved Europeans-- more Europeans than there were Africans enslaved in the United States and in the 13 colonies from which it was formed," is but one of the truths he reminds us of — Filtering History.

"If American society and Western civilization are different from other societies and civilization, it is that they eventually turned against slavery, and stamped it out, at a time when non-Western societies around the world were still maintaining slavery and resisting Western pressures to end slavery, including in some cases armed resistance," is another.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Arab friends used to castrate their African slaves soon after capture, which accounts for the paucity of very dark skinned people in those parts.

One of the best known writers about European exploitation of Africa, Mazroui by name, was the scion of one of East Africa's famous slave trading families.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for posting this link to Sowell's article. An overlooked part of history -- one that provides necessary context to the entire tragic history of slavery. And one of the real tragedies of that history is that it isn't over yet...

8:23 AM  

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