by S.A. Prince @PhiSammaJamma
“Man’s rights may only be violated by the use of physical force. It is only by means of physical force that one man can deprive another of his life, or enslave him, or rob him, or prevent him from pursuing his goals, or compel him to act against his own rational judgment.” –Ayn Rand
American chattel slavery was one of the most horrific periods in the history, not only in America, but within the entire world. Many nations had a hand in the profitable business of the slave trade. Slavery began in 1619 when Africans, whom were forcibly removed from their African nations and tribes, were brought to work on the tobacco fields of Jamestown, Virginia. (History Channel)
Slavery took the lives of somewhere between 22 to 55 million Africans (see Professor Peter L. Patrick, University of Essex), while leaving a lasting psychological effect on the descendants of those who survived, a people of which are still disenfranchised to this day.
It is painstakingly obvious that the progenitors of the Atlantic Slave Trade and American Chattel Slavery are to blame. BUT are they the only ones?
I would beg to differ.
The slaves and the slave masters are BOTH to blame for the institution of slavery.
It’s never popular to give the victim any blame, and in the case of slavery, the mere suggestion of such a preposterous theory appears like a severe case of Stockholm’s Syndrome (Don’t know what that is, CLICK HERE). Or self-hate in my case.
But that is exactly what I’m suggesting. Slavery is a relationship. In order for the relationship to remain intact, one party, that of the slave, must be complicit in their role. Without an agreement of complicity from the slave, there can be no slavery.
To drive this point home, let’s look at another master and “servant” relationship.
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” Deuteronomy 10: 12-13
As a Christian, God requires and commands things of us, and he would have us do these with ALL of our heart and ALL of our soul. These are things God would like us to do as his servant, yet, he gave us free will and the ability to choose whether to obey, prostrating ourselves to His will and choosing to serve Him.
If you do not choose to serve God, then you are sentenced to eternal damnation, an existence of suffering apart from God.
All slaves, including those who suffered as a result of American chattel slavery, have a choice. They can choose to be a slave, or choose to resist. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the resiliency of those who suffered through slavery, and had they not suffered, many Black Americans would not be alive today. Still, bondage was a choice.
There are many Africans who resisted slavery. Some we know, like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, but many more are forever forgotten. They are the nameless black faces, the mothers, fathers, brothers, and best friends who refused to choose slavery. They died on the sandy beaches of Africa, at sea on monstrous slave ships like The Good Ship Jesus, and at the hands of slave masters that could not bend their will.
Refusing to compromise, they rose up against their oppressor in the face of certain death. They are heroes and should be recognized as such. All slaves had that same choice. They were the only ones brave enough to make it.
In America we are at a crossroad. Black and White Americans are oppressed by a system hell-bent on keeping us from allying. It is a system that tells you what to think, what to believe in, how to act, and what you should strive to become. It is a system built on money rather than brotherhood, where women and men sell out for security offered by corporate America. It is a system of oligarchs who have consolidated everything that has been built on the back of the less fortunate. These are the same oligarchs (the same evil)who enslaved blacks. These are the same oligarchs that chose genocide, when dealing with the indigenous Indians. They would sell crack to their mother and whore out their daughter if it meant profit. What do you think many arranged marriages were?
This is what we now face. And so I ask you, what choice will you make, slavery or resistance?
- There are many forms of slavery. The main one we now face is mental slavery. Everywhere you look, the media and popular opinion look to mold and shape our mentality. There’s a reason for everything, and we must always be cognizant of the message they’re attempting to deliver.
- I appreciate the sacrifices my ancestors made. They did everything they could to survive, even though they did so on their knees. If you’re black and you’re reading this, it may have upset you and rightfully so. But I think that there is a feeling of pride that can be taken from America chattel slavery, both from those that chose to be slaves, and those that chose to resist. Still, if you look at the facts, Blacks did not give Blacks freedom in America. Freedom was given to us, not taken. That should make you cringe a little bit.
- SO what’s the solution? Small business. Every dollar you spend either liberates us, or drives us further into bondage. “Every. Dollar. Matters.” I think we should substitute that slogan for “Black Lives Matter.”
- As always, I love a good discussion and am interested in your feedback.