A commentary regarding
Slavery – Segregation – Abolition …
Think of the rivers of blood spilled by slave holders who became financial emperors
White lives and Black lives –
Years of degradation
Privileges and Power
Men with whips
–Terror and violence –
Men in chains
Black life… Matters
Think of the cruelties inflicted by distinguishable inhabitants on places on a map.
Slavery – Segregation – Years of degradation –
Terror and violence –Chains and whips
Stolen Lives – White lies
Black life –Matters
“To be a slave is to be owned by another person. A slave is a human being classed as property and who is forced to work for nothing. An enslaved person is a human being who is made to be a slave. This language is often used instead of the word slave, to refer to the person and their experiences and to avoid the use of dehumanizing language.”-*
It means that every aspect of your life is owned by another person. Your sweat – your tears – your breath is owned and owed. It means that your body- and your skills-talents can be traded – sold like merchandise on a whim or a choice. It means the roof over your head belongs to another; the food you eat is what is given; and the time you rise, eat and sleep are set by another.
It means that those you make friends with – establish a family with – can be taken away… uprooted without notice. An educated slave was esteemed, but considered as a threat –
“Fearing that black literacy would prove a threat to the slave system — which relied on slaves’ dependence on masters — whites in many colonies instituted laws forbidding slaves to learn to read or write and making it a crime for others to teach them.” Sourced: Excerpt from South Carolina Act of 1740
A slave was … Branded: Marked permanently with a hot iron as identifiable property; traditionally used on cattle and livestock, as well as on some enslaved people, to show ownership.
Chattel slavery: A form of slavery, introduced by Europeans, in which the slave is treated as a piece of property, belonging to his or her owner, and has no rights; the slave is enslaved for life and his / her children are automatically enslaved too; chattel slaves can also be bought and sold just like cattle (from which the word chattel comes)
Emancipation: The state of being set free, or granted rights equal to others who already enjoy them; the freeing of slaves from slavery.
Segregation: Separating people, especially in the use of public facilities, employment, education, and housing; usually with a denial of political rights for the excluded group. – Information source: The Abolition Project.
It doesn’t matter if a slaveholder held one slave or a thousand… or if they were treated well or maltreated – they were still owned – and that person was unable to leave the property without a letter of consent.
The pictures below tell the story better than words how fervent hate was/is; and how eager many people are to degrade one another….
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Understanding what I’m saying…
The desire for segregation -discrimination is alive – alert and stalking us…
this is still a part of our combined American history
Yes… my life matters… your life matters… but the topic of discussion is Black life and Black Life matters… As a White person I have no business equating my white life to the Black life of my friend. Working with him for several years on his family genealogy… I discovered many things… Black life – matters; and there is so much work to yet to be done…
I feel the need to address and stress this point – Because freedom, liberty and justice is still tied to white power, and very few citizens understand the depth and breadth of our white privilege – our power – our white intolerance and injustice; and because we are gearing for another race war, and this frightens me.
Is Black Lives Matter a hostile group? Conceivably – I don’t know for sure, yet. Is it a group I want to form an alliance with? No, but I do share an empathetic understanding of the hostility and the cause of it.
When someone says yes… all lives matter – — in an effort to equate White life experience to Black life experience – only serves to deny the ongoing struggle and appreciation for their own Black identity and survival.
If I am wrong in what I wrote – speak to me about this …
Educate me… Please.