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  • Reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
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    BLACK LIES MATTER - The Truth About Slavery - Michael Walsh


    BLACK LIES MATTER


    I can understand the bad feelings black people have about the Atlantic slave trade. I have similar feelings about the White slave trade. From 1530 to 1780, slave markets were operating on the North African Barbary Coast where captured Europeans were bought and sold as slaves. Whites were highly valued and fetched a good price. But although there was no shortage of horrors in the White slave trade, it would be absurd to now demand reparations for its cruelties. It was a long time ago. The time for reparations is passed.



    This appears not to be the case with the black community, where the call for reparations grows ever louder. Why can’t they put it to one side like the White community has done with White slavery? The White slave trade lasted for about 250 years; the Atlantic slave trade lasted for about 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th Century. In respect of the White slave trade, it is estimated that over one million Europeans were sold and bought at the Barbary Coast slave markets.




    The black community’s argument is that the White slave traders and White slave owners made fortunes from the capture, sale, purchase and labour of black slaves. And that these fortunes eventually filtered down through White societies and in doing so, benefited all of society and not just those with a direct interest in the Atlantic slave trade.





    You can see the logic in it. But the well-documented misery that was the lot of ordinary Europeans during the years of the Atlantic slave trade casts doubt on the idea that they were beneficiaries of it.The Atlantic slave trade began in earnest in 1480 and it was led by the Portuguese for the next 150 years. By the mid-1600s however the Dutch had taken over as prime actor and they played the dominant role until the early 1700s when the British took the lead. It’s interesting but certainly not surprising to note that whilst Britain’s ruling elites made fortunes from slavery, Britain’s working classes were left to cover the cost of ending it.


    Royalty and aristocracy and big business were the ones who made the money from this heartless trade, just as they made money from its abolition, how very typical then that this same class of despicable people in the mid-19th Century was doing everything it could to turn China into a nation of opium addicts.




    The issue here is not the validity of the black reparations argument, but the logic underpinning the emphasis blacks place on the Atlantic slave trade relative to that which they place on the Arab slave trade. It is as if blacks have suffered only at the hands of Whites and that only the Atlantic slave trade is worthy of consideration.




    This would be understandable if the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on blacks had been more devastating than that of the Arab slave trade, but the facts prove this not to be the case. Bad though the Atlantic slave trade was for the lives and development of blacks, the Arab slave trade was even worse. If Whites have a debt to pay, why don’t Arabs? The Arab slave trade operated for approximately 1400 years, from the 6th to the 20th Century, the Atlantic slave trade for approximately 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th Century.



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