…Those [Negroes] who remained sufficiently healthy to qualify for the overseas slave market, in stark contrast, once transported, enjoyed much better personal security, ample food, adequate housing, medical attention, much longer lives…
August 26, 2017
Removing monuments – The fallacy of purported White exploitation and Black suffering
In recent articles you appear to condone the vandalism of statuary reminiscent of slavery in the Confederate States. You now look at the possibility that similar measures be taken to rid Canada of similar blots on our escutcheon.
The problem with the argument for removal of Confederate Era symbols in America on the grounds that slavery and its proponents were Politically Incorrect, thus inherently bad, is the fact that the alternative of remaining as a tribal prisoner in Africa in the Slavery Era was infinitely worse, especially when held by carnivorous enemy tribes. Even when not held for sale to foreign slavers, life in the jungle almost invariably came to an early and often ugly end, whether from warfare, famine, infections, barbecues, disease, parasites, crocodiles and other hazards.
Those who remained sufficiently healthy to qualify for the overseas slave market, in stark contrast, once transported, enjoyed much better personal security, ample food, adequate housing, medical attention, much longer lives and, even if underpaid in cash, were no worse off than in the jungle when money, and all other amenities of civilized society were nonexistent.
Today’s descendants of the slaves are living, and abundant, evidence that their life in America was good, enabling them to increase in comfort from 2 million to 40 million, while those left behind during the slavery era would have been lucky to produce even a fraction of the number – and even those few survivors would have had no prospect of leading the life of comparative munificence offered by the U.S. welfare system.
Blacks in America should count their blessings, and cease criticizing the Southern statesmen and plantation owners without whose enterprise, productivity and benevolent custodianship they would not exist, let alone enjoy a level of unearned affluence available to no more than a small elite in the remainder of the Third World.
Ian V. Macdonald
Who brought the blacks to the USA?