On the Soapbox…Again

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For those Americans who do not understand what slavery is (like Bill O’Reilly), slavery is the owning of one human being by another. The slave owner could beat, rape, abuse, sell the slave, his or her family or children, or kill the slave at will, and many did. Slaves had no say over their own lives, they were considered chattel. They were stolen from their homeland and sold (for money) to greedy plantation owners in order to continue their extravagant and luxurious lifestyles without having to actually pay for work. Slaves toiled at difficult tasks such as working in the fields, emptying chamber pots, building their plantation houses, and otherwise enriching the lives of their owners. They had very little free time, clothing or conveniences and THEIR LIVES WERE NOT THEIR OWN.

This is what it means to own another human being, no matter how well fed (though most were not). So when our First Lady says she is proud to live in a house built by slaves, applaud her, don’t criticize and say, well, they were fed. They were still SLAVES. I for one a proud to have had a President and First Lady who are Black and probably having had slave ancestry in a country that is obviously still steeped in blatant racism.

Please take a moment to think and feel what it would be like to be a slave before you start criticizing. Think about what it would be like to have your child wrenched from your arms and sold to someone where you could never see them again. Think about what it would be like to be beaten, raped and killed at the will of your owner. Please, just think about it.

 

Love and Light, Georgia

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