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Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonment. Punishment was often meted out in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but sometimes abuse was performed to re-assert the dominance of the master (or overseer) over the slave.[24]

They were punished with knives, guns, field tools and nearby objects. The whip was the most common instrument used against a slave; one said “The only punishment that I ever heard or knew of being administered slaves was whipping”, although he knew several who were beaten to death for offenses such as “sassing” a white person, hitting another “negro”, “fussing” or fighting in quarters.[25]

Slaves who worked and lived on plantations were the most frequently punished. Punishment could be administered by the plantation owner or master, his wife, children (white males) or (most often) the overseer or driver.

Slave overseers were authorized to whip and punish slaves. One overseer told a visitor, “Some Negroes are determined never to let a white man whip them and will resist you, when you attempt it; of course you must kill them in that case.”[26] A former slave describes witnessing females being whipped: “They usually screamed and prayed, though a few never made a sound.”[27] If the woman was pregnant, workers might dig a hole for her to rest her belly while being whipped. After slaves were whipped, overseers might order their wounds be burst and rubbed with turpentine and red pepper. An overseer reportly took a brick, ground it into a powder, mixed it with lard and rubbed it all over a slave.[25]

A metal collar was put on a slave to remind him of his wrongdoing. Such collars were thick and heavy; they often had protruding spikes which made fieldwork difficult and prevented the slave from sleeping when lying down. Louis Cain, a former slave, describes seeing another slave punished: “One nigger run to the woods to be a jungle nigger, but massa cotched him with the dog and took a hot iron and brands him. Then he put a bell on him, in a wooden frame what slip over the shoulders and under the arms. He made that nigger wear the bell a year and took it off on Christmas for a present to him. It sho’ did make a good nigger out of him.”[25]

Slaves were punished for a number of reasons: working too slowly, breaking a law (for example, running away), leaving the plantation without permission or insubordination. Myers and Massy describe the practices: “The punishment of deviant slaves was decentralized, based on plantations, and crafted so as not to impede their value as laborers.”[28] Whites punished slaves publicly to set an example. A man named Harding describes an incident in which a woman assisted several men in a minor rebellion: “The women he hoisted up by the thumbs, whipp’d and slashed her with knives before the other slaves till she died.”[29] Men and women were sometimes punished differently; according to the 1789 report of the Virginia Committee of the Privy Council, males were often shackled but women and girls were left free.

The branding of slaves for identification was common during the colonial era; however, by the nineteenth century it was used primarily as punishment.[30] Mutilation (such as castration, or amputating ears) was a relatively common punishment during the colonial era and still used in 1830. Any punishment was permitted for runaway slaves, and many bore wounds from shotgun blasts or dog bites used by their captors.[30]

In 1717 Maryland law provided that slaves were not entitled to a jury trial for a misdemeanor, and empowered county judges to impose a punishment of up to 40 lashes.[31] In 1729, the colony passed a law permitting punishment for slaves including hanging, decapitation, and cutting the body into four quarters for public display.[18]

In 1740, South Carolina passed a law prohibiting cruelty to slaves; however, slaves could still be killed under some circumstances. The anti-cruelty law prohibited cutting out the tongue, putting out the eye, castration, scalding, burning and amputating limbs, but permitted whipping, beating, putting in irons and imprisonment.[32]

Rape laws in the south embodied a race-based double standard. Black men accused of rape during the colonial period were often punished with castration, and the penalty was increased to death during the antebellum period;[41] however, white men could rape female slaves without fear of punishment.[41] Men were also sexually abused by slaveholders.[42] Thomas Foster says that although historians have begun to cover sexual abuse during slavery, few focus on sexual abuse of men because of the assumption that only enslaved women were victimized. Foster suggests that men may have also been forced into unwanted sexual activity; one problem in documenting such abuse is that men did not bear mixed-race children.[43] Both masters and mistresses were thought to have abused male slaves.

Children (especially young girls) were often subjected to sexual abuse by their masters, their masters’ children and relatives.[47] Similarly, indentured servants and slave women were often abused. Since these women had no control over where they went or what they did, their masters could manipulate them into situations of high risk (for instance, forcing them into a dark field or making them sleep in their master’s bedroom to be available for service).[48] Free (or white) women could charge their perpetrators with rape, but slave women had no legal recourse; their bodies legally belonged to their owners.[49] This record has also given historians the opportunity to explore sexual abuse during slavery in populations other than enslaved women.

Slave breeding was the attempt by a slave-owner to influence the reproduction of his slaves for profit.[50] It included forced sexual relations between male and female slaves, encouraging slave pregnancies, sexual relations between master and slave to produce slave children and favoring female slaves who had many children. [Blog Editor Note: Jewish Nobel Economist Robert Fogel tried to put a positive spin on slave master treatment of black slaves, which is ridiculous].

By the 19th century, popular Southern literature characterized female slaves as lustful and promiscuous “Jezebels” who shamelessly tempted white owners into sexual relations. This stereotype of the promiscuous slave was partially motivated by the need to rationalize the sexual abuse of female slaves by white males.[41] Edward Ball, in his Slaves in the Family, noted that it was more often the sons than the senior planters who took advantage of slave women before their marriages to white women. The stereotype was reinforced by female slaves’ working partially clothed, due to the hot climate. During slave auctions, females were sometimes displayed nude or only partially clothed.

Many female slaves (known as “fancy maids”) were sold at auction into concubinage or prostitution, which was called the “fancy trade”.[41] Concubine slaves were the only female slaves who commanded a higher price than skilled male slaves.[56]

During the early Louisiana colonial period, French men took wives and mistresses from the slaves; they often freed their children and, sometimes, their mistresses. A sizable class of free people of color developed in New Orleans, Mobile and outlying areas (such as Isle Brevelle). By the late 18th century New Orleans had a relatively formal system of plaçage among Creoles of color, which continued under Spanish rule. Mothers negotiated settlements (or dowries) for their daughters to be mistresses to white men. In some cases, young men took such mistresses before their marriages to white women; in others, they continued the relationship after marriage. They were known to pay for the education of their children (especially their sons, whom they sometimes sent to France for schooling and military service).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatment_of_slaves_in_the_United_States

 

In 1851, Louisiana plantation doctor Samuel Cartwright tried to explain the tendency of black slaves to flee captivity by proposing a psychiatric diagnosis that he called “drapetomania.” The term was derived from the Greek drapetes, or runaway, and mania, or madness. Cartwright suggested in New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal that slave owners could treat and cure this “medical disorder” by whipping slaves and amputating their toes.

http://www.understandingrace.org/history/science/measuring_race.html

 

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30 thoughts on “Slaves Were Often Tortured to Death! Examples…

  1. As a black person this is heartbreaking reading how my ancestors were abused.But its important to know this as generally this gets hidden by the media. This makes me think that we should be compensated as their are a lot of wealthy families out their because of the slave trade..

    • As a white person, i have traced my family ancestry back and they too were slaves in the south (treated the same as black people). Do I deserve compensation too?

      • You’re right, wihites were indentured servants at that time. Not slaves. Blacks were born a slave and died a slave. Whites had the opportunity to either buy their freedom, or get “released” once their servitude was over. After Nathaniel Bacon’s attempted revolt during the 1670s slaves in America were then strictly black. Whites did not want another freed white slave to attempt such a thing again. So my answer is no, they don’t. They probably committed a crime, blacks were enslaved simply because of the color of their skin, and the thought process of the colonists at that time, that they were subhuman and had no rights to equal treatment.

      • Black people face this crap all the time – constant attempts to minimize slavery. You forget Black people have relatives who pass their stories down within their families. Great-grand and grand and parents tell their Black children how they were treated like animals as they tried to live like any other Americans, but the KKK, the Federal Government, local governments, the school systems, the medical system, banking and finance, all not only shut their doors and made it impossible for Black people to thrive, but continued the vile conditions previous generations suffered in slavery. Going in the back door, being called Nigger in front of your children and family, not being able to live in the neighborhood you want, not being hired even though qualified, not having access to the same medical treatment that other “citizens” had access to, not being able to try on clothing even though you had money to buy it, not being able to stay in a hotel or eat in a restaurant or use the bathroom or take a drink of water from a fountain LIKE ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING. If your white ass ancestors went through these and other atrocities Black people did, then you need to write a history book cause the rest of know it never happened. Read a book and talk to some Black folks before posting this crap Archie Bunker!!!!!

      • Are you saying you’re white and when you discuss your family history with other people you actually tell them your white ancestors were denied every human right they were entitled as American citizens just like every Black person in this country, and they believe you? They couldn’t eat at a restaurant or stay in a hotel? Were they called white niggas? Your ancestors were relegated to all the menial jobs such as maids, porters, cooks, janitors, chauffeurs, shoe-shine “boys”because they were white? They couldn’t rent an apartment because they were white? They got stopped by the police, taken to that “special spot” they had for whites and beat the crap out of them just like they have done to Black people for decades? They were followed when they went into a store to buy stuff? Your white relatives couldn’t get a cab to stop and pick them up even if they were wearing a military uniform representing the United States military? Your white relatives had to sit at the back of the bus? Your white relatives though qualified were denied promotions in the military, private sector? Your white relatives couldn’t get bank loans and if they did were charged higher interest rates because they were white? You’ve sat at the dinner table while your white mother or father or grandparents recount how all throughout their lives they had to navigate being treated like dirt every day as you watched tears in their eyes as they relive what it meant to live in this country as a “white” person? You tell people this crap and they believe it? I don’t believe it you know why? Because when white people have a dinner reservation and are kept waiting they go crazy – they feel absolutely disregarded. If you have a meltdown cause your table ain’t ready on time, how could you possibly survive the scourge of people hating you based on your skin color and demonstrating it every day everywhere you go. Black people are amazing – they survived.

    • THERE are a lot of wealthy families out THERE because of the slave trade. Their is used for possession. No. Nobody alive today owns a slave. You were never enslaved. You are owed nothing. I am YOUR slave now, because my tax money goes to support all the big, fat welfare mammies with 8 children from as many different fathers. Any time there is a shooting in Chicago, it is on the south side, where all the negroes live. You are all violent. primitive lazy apes.

      • If Blacks are so vile, even though it was your great great granddaddies that did all the rapin and killin and castrating and child molesting, why do you people always get in boats and go looking for Black folks. Have Black folks EVER gone looking for you. Hell no. You steal everything from Blacks – music, art, fashion, inventions, and make a fortune by lying and cheating yet Blacks are the problem. You people are animals. You leave your half breed kids all around the world yet label others as subhuman when you are the experts at killing, creating extinction, poisoning the water and land. Your history is filled with nothing but violence and destruction. You swill never pay back the hundreds of millions of Black people you murdered and enslaved to enrich yourselves. You pay more to the Robber Barons, give corporate welfare to white collar tax cheats. You lie and steal all the time yet want to blame a few Black people on welfare because you continue to discriminate and deny employment. Go try and save the next white mass murderer instead of sharing your racist, barbaric views with people who just don’t care what you think!!!!

      • Additionally ignorant racist animals like you obviously don’t bother read – just spew the racist rants like your ancestors did making excuses for your vile, animalistic actions. Slavery was an extremely essential economic engine in the building of America. Not only did it enrich murderous raping white plantation owners, your great great granddaddies, but slavery remains to this day THE BIGGEST MONEY MAKER THAT COUNTRY EVER HAD!!!!!! Their diamonds and real estate and palaces and businesses (shipping, banking, insurance, hotel, tavern) all made possible by their barbaric, vile, animalistic treatment of African people. You’re animals with an unnatural propensity for violence – Your founding fathers were lying rapists, Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Robber Barons, your “outlaws” which is a nice word for thieves and killers, your presidents that allowed drugs to be sold in the Black community to finance YOUR wars, Nixon, the Kennedy family (Ted Kennedy killed a woman and didn’t spend one day in jail), Ed Gein, the list goes on and on, hundreds of examples of your animalistic nature. Yeah, Black people are the problem. Simpleton!!!

    • When do any problems go away? When they are thoroughly discussed and those involved identify the problems, come up with solutions to the problems, and implement those solutions. Black people are constantly encouraged to forget their history. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. I think they should – when the Jews forget their history. The Japanese. The Italians. The Irish. When all these groups are told daily as Blacks are to forget who they are and where they come from, then everything should be alright. But that will never happen because that a stupid thing to suggest someone do. Whites need to do what the South Africans did after Mandela took over. They proudly admitted they hated Africans. Admitted they exploited them. Admitted they saw them as inferior and had no problem taking their land and resources. And that makes sense because they did it on the world stage. How could they deny it. Yet America continues to trivialize her animalistic participation in one of the world’s most vile institutions – slavery. Until America says yes – we did the wrong thing and we are ashamed that our forefathers displayed the most base, barbaric, animalistic behaviors for centuries but we pledge to do better and we acknowledge as we have with other victims of our violence you should be made whole, this issue won’t go away.

  2. Compensation? For what? Are any of you slaves now? Of coarse not.Everyone who is alive today had nothing to do with slavery in america.Why should Americans of today have to pay for some thing that happened 150 years ago and all people involved are dead. Its ridiculous.Seems like a whole lot of people want to get some thing for nothing.I don’t see the Indians complaining and they were treated far worse then black people were.How about africa sharing in the compensation since they sold slaves to slave traders and to my knowledge still have slavery in some parts of africa

    • Slavery was the biggest economic Great Britain EVER had in its history. Killing and murdering and raping Black people all over the world provided GENERATIONAL wealth for that country. So when you see that whore queen Elizabeth wearing all those diamonds and visiting all those palaces and buying all those thoroughbreds and setting up businesses that her children and grand children and now her great grandchildren continue to benefit from, your argument appears to be baseless. Slavery was the economic engine that built these white monarchies all over the world, that’s why they got in their boats and went all over the world killing and stealing from people of color because of all the money to be made – tobacco, cotton, rum, sugar cane, Don’t you people read your own history? Ask the Hawaiian about your barbarism, the Jamaican, the African, the Native American who you murderous people tried to wipe off the face of the earth but like the Black American, too strong, too smart. Generational wealth includes discriminating against people of color so you keep the well paying jobs and careers for yourselves. You’re not smarter than anyone, you’re just more violent, you’re strategic with your barbarism, you see cheating as no big thing, lying is the same as telling the truth, you have no respect for anything that is not you so killing is no big deal and your history past and present supports your absolute comfort with being an animal. Killing all the animals, poisoning the water and air, poisoning the soil, your eugenics, on and on. You call it progress (because it benefits you). The people you kill call it the mark of a white beast.

    • American Indians still have their language and culture. Who are you to determine that the Native American had it worse than Blacks? What measure are you using? Why are you even discussing someone else’s experience in this country? What qualifies you to do that? Why do whites do this all the time. They just interject themselves and make decisions about other people’s lives. It happens with your neighbors, you child’s teachers, at the work – always trying to be in charge cause they elected themselves to the position. It’s like you’re talking to children who need to be directed. How can Africa share in anything you people are over there too!!!!! Everywhere Black people are there you are. You’ve killed off the wildlife, stolen all the oil, diamonds, and other natural resources, you’ve put Africans on reservations while you steal from them as you always do. Blacks can’t go home until, as usual, you get out!!! What are you talking about????? And speaking of getting something for nothing – wasn’t slavery your ancestors getting a whole lot of something for nothing? Lazy raping thieving forefathers and “pioneers”. Always looking for somebody to work for you yet Blacks are lazy. This is the kind of double speak, illogical crap that whites are always spewing. Makes absolutely no sense!!!! We’re lazy but you have people in Africa, in Hawaii, in America, in the Caribbean, all cleaning your homes and raising your children and building your businesses. Same propaganda used by whites during slavery to justify it- Blacks like to be exploited, sexually abused, maimed, castrated, raped, having their families dismantled, cheated, kept ignorant and in poverty, never having rights or being allowed to own anything or have self-determination like everyone else, being directed through life by people that don’t even consider them to be human beings – they love it and we’re making sure they remain in their condition as we make huge profits. Really???

    • And for you to suggest that Native Americans have not been vocal about America’s continuous attempts to wipe all tribes off the face of the earth is crazy and not reflected by this country’s treatment of Indian tribes. They complained plenty about the killing of the buffalo by the U.S. military which was designed to starve/kill them. They complained about the countless broken treaties which were supposed to protect their people land and resources but as usual, the American government screwed them. They complained about their children being taken off the reservation and taken to schools where they were systematically deprogrammed to forget everything about being Indian, and as usual with white folks, it was learned these children were sexually abused as well. Native Americans complained for decades about the Bureau of Indian Affairs which, according to them, worked with the American government to reinforce their suffering instead of helping the Native American nations. They complained about the high rate of alcoholism resulting from high unemployment, racism, poverty, betrayal by American government, on and on. So yes, tribes like most oppressed people fought and challenged white people and fought hard to keep them from, as they have proven they do so well, wiping them off the face of the earth and destroying and stealing all they could from this group of people. Just another example of white folks suggesting that people of color are happy being abused (No complaints from Indians so why can’t you accept slavery, jim crow, segregation, the KKK, redlining, separate but equal, substandard education, pipeline to prison, killing of your leaders, medical experimentation, not having the vote, eugenics, drugs we allow to be transported to and sold in your neighborhoods, etc.). Racist!

  3. Why would Africa share in the compensation? Yes, it’s true Africans sold others into slavery, but it was the Britains who took over America and began to demoralize the Africans and treat them like property and second class citizens. African slaves (in Africa) and other parts of Europe at that time were merely indentured servants. Either prisoners of war or criminals serving out a specific. It was on the backs of Africans that this country was colonized. I’m not asking (as an African American) for any reparations, because I believe it is too late. And as far as the Indians not complaining, some still do. Don’t forget that Oklahoma is primarily a protected refuge for the native Americans. And you’re wrong about them being treated far worse. They were treated same. Killed off by British born disease, and worked to death for the good the new colonies being formed. They were enslaved and made to feel less than human just like Africans. I won’t even begin to discuss the start of the Cotton Kingdom, for I fear you won’t know much about that either.

    • Whenever (usually) whites say well Blacks sold each other into slavery, it’s just another attempt to minimize the absolute horror of slavery. The selling of Blacks by Blacks who had a miniscule role in the slave trade doesn’t exist compared to the absolute barbarism that was displayed by the American system. It boggles my mind how any human being could wake up every day and rape women and children, starve people, deny people food and medical care, work people to death for their own benefit, keep their half breed children out back in shacks like they’re dogs, kill people for wanting to be free. It was a Black Holocaust, but to admit that is to admit great-great granddaddy was a beast, not the loving “farmer” these people want to portray these animals as. They are ashamed of their base nature and try to hide it by deflecting problems they caused on the victims (Blacks). Even the Statue of Liberty is a lie. Whites claim she represents freedom and welcomes everyone, yet the chains that represent this country’s reprehensible participation in centuries of bondage is hidden under her robes barely visible. What message does that send to the Black people that built this country literally with their blood. You don’t count. You’re insignificant. You are invisible. We have no responsibility for what happened to you. Guess again.

  4. Faifatha please read up on your history, hun.

    Rastas
    The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves

    The Slaves That Time Forgot
    By John Martin

    They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

    Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

    We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? After all, we know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade. But, are we talking about African slavery?

    King James II and Charles I led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.

    The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

    Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.

    From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.

    During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.

    Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.

    As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.

    African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African.

    The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude.

    In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves.

    This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company.

    England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia.

    There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.

    There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry.

    In 1839, Britain finally decided on it’s own to end it’s participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery.

    But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong.

    Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where are our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed?

    Do the memories of hundreds of thousands of Irish victims merit more than a mention from an unknown writer? Or is their story to be one that their English pirates intended: To (unlike the African book) have the Irish story utterly and completely disappear as if it never happened.

    None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books conveniently forgot.

    http://afgen.com/forgotten_slaves.html

    We all know that black slaves were treated badly, sometimes by a black overseer, but NO ONE seems to want to remember the treatment that groups endured as slaves (i.e. Indians, white people, Chinese people etc…) Oh wait, we’re not screaming for handouts 200 years later after NO ONE is left from that time and we have advanced so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed if they want to and NOT expect a free government handout!!!

    • I have one more question for you. Handouts suggests someone is asking for something they’re not entitled to. I have a question for you. Think of your mother, your grandmother, you father, the people you love. Think of witnessing your mother being raped every day. Beaten like an animal. Your sisters being raped and impregnated by her rapists for her entire life. Your family not being able to inherit money land livestock they worked their entire lives for. Think about having no protection under the law in the most democratic, free country in the world – no protection at all. Think about your aunts and uncles, your children waking up every day and realizing that no matter how hard they work, how loyal they are, how smart they are, they will never own or control anything as long as they live. Imagine waking up tomorrow and your two children are gone – sold to buy your neighbor a new car and you can’t get them back – ever. How much is your psychological trauma worth witnessing your father or uncles being castrated and hung from a tree for no reason? How much is your military service in every war defending a country that perceives you as an animal, underserving as you give your life in battle worth? The billions generated by your inventions, music, scientific contributions, farming methods yet going to your oppressor – what’s that worth? You tell me how much these atrocities are worth. What’s the dollar amount that would compensateYOU and YOUR loved ones for losing their language, their homeland, customs, family, family wealth, dignity, self-respect. What COMPENSATION, oh I’m sorry, how much of a HANDOUT do YOU think YOUR FAMILY would deserve?

  5. Wow, I’ve got to brush up on my American History. I don’t remember seeing Mrs. O’Grady when she went through Ellis Island standing naked publically with white men fondling her genitals and looking in her mouth examining her like she was a cow. I don’t remember seeing Irish women being raped by 3-4 men in the same family, having children by all those men which means her children were related (that’s so nasty!!!). I don’t remember seeing Mrs. O’Grady having her children snatched from her arms and sold never to be seen again. I missed those pictures during American History 101. I don’t remember Mrs. O’Grady not being allowed to practice her religion, marry who she wanted to, practice her cultural customs and pass them on to her children, etc. I didn’t know Mrs. O’Grady wasn’t paid for her factory work even though the wages were low. And if Mrs. O’Grady was treated like the animal your rant suggests, she could return to Ireland – she had a country to return to. but that didn’t happen. According to you, the Irish were slaves, but you know what, those bastards kept on coming. The ones that were here sent for their families. So if according to you the Irish were enslaved, they must have liked it because they stayed and are still here. People like you trying to re-write history make me sick and it’s just a blatant example of how racist the country still is. The Irish were slaves. All the Irish, the Polish, the Jews, all immigrants had to do was change their names and they were in – that white skin is the price of admission. If your last name was Greenberg, you changed it to Green and could get into the country club or college of your choice or buy in a good neighborhood and prayed that nobody asked about your family. Black people couldn’t/can’t do that because the white skin wasn’t/isn’t an option. Stop trivializing the blatant racism that continues to exist in this country. The subject has never been fully discussed (just pushed under the rug as your rant demonstrates) and encouraged to be forgotten. But like all problems, if they’re not resolved, they don’t go away. Actually they just get worse as this comment section proves.

  6. I just realised reading this, that until now I never knew that there were Irish slaves. Right now I am learning about African slaves in school but my teacher has never mentioned that there were Irish slaves. She has mentioned Chinese, Japanese and Indians etc but not Irish.

  7. There have been slaves in human societies for as long as there have been human societies. Sometimes slaves were even considered a food source. To this day slavery can be found in every city on earth. Do some more in-depth research. BTW, when was Harriet Tubman resurrected?

  8. Interesting how not a word was said about niggers being owned by other niggers. Or about how most of them loved their owners. My family owned hundreds of them and when the freedom came, they refused to leave. Up until just a few years ago some of the descendants of those slaves lived on land that was given to them by my family after the end of the war. Most even took the same surname as their owners. BTW, all former slaves were offered transportation back to their homeland by the US government. A few thousand took the offer and received passage and land in Africa. I’m not saying that every owner was as good to they’re slaves as my family was. Heck, slavery is never a good thing. It’s just like what happened to many of my ancestors when the white people came here. One thing is for certain, we all have stuff we need to both learn from AND get over. It’s about time.

  9. Liar. You are a bold-faced liar. America is terrible at history, because it is all revisionist nonsense, pushed by liars like you. Like how George Washington and the Founding Fathers were Christian men, and therefore this country is a Christian nation. No sir they were not. Your family plantation was a benevolent kingdom where the darkies were so grateful they stayed after they were freed. Lies again. The devil is a liar, and your statement is straight from the pit of hell itself, which you will see one day. I pray for your twisted soul.

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