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blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#1New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 16:16:51
Is slavery just something that happened to African Americans or is it a part of their culture?

I think it?s both. But I don?t understand why some African American still say whites oppress them because they were once owned by whites.
Yes, African Americans are in the minority. They will always be. What does that have to do with slavery?

Blacks owned black slaves.
They were free blacks in the South.

I watched this and loved it. Have you seen it?
PBS African American Lives
https://www.shoppbs.org/sm-pbs-african-american-lives-dvd--pi-2187368.html
jonnythan On August 02, 2014
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Here and there,
#2New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 16:21:42
I don't see anyone say "whites oppress us because we were once slaves."

Slavery is a horrible part of our history. The legacy of slavery still affects us today. Racism is still rampant, and oppression is still rampant.
Spinkiegirl On August 18, 2018




Chicago, Illinois
#3New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 16:53:01
@blondieblue227 Said

Is slavery just something that happened to African Americans or is it a part of their culture?

I think it?s both. But I don?t understand why some African American still say whites oppress them because they were once owned by whites.
Yes, African Americans are in the minority. They will always be. What does that have to do with slavery?

Blacks owned black slaves.
They were free blacks in the South.

I watched this and loved it. Have you seen it?
PBS African American Lives
https://www.shoppbs.org/sm-pbs-african-american-lives-dvd--pi-2187368.html



Can you prove ANY of your statements? And how do you know blacks will always be a minority? What proof do you have of that? And who cares if african blacks ownend slaves...IT DOESN'T make it right...come on, do you know anything about your american history?
blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#4New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 17:46:52
I feel African Americans will always be in the minority. Remember from my other posts a minority isn?t a negative thing. Everybody has purpose and worth regardless of what social class you?re in. Minority and majority. The majority will have more simply because they?re the ones making the decisions. Big group has more than the smaller group.

Because African Americans are the minority will they always use the ?slave card? to explain why they feel oppressed?
I?m in a minority too but don?t have an easy excuse to explain my feelings. (I?m disabled)

Will slavery continue to be tangled up with what it means to be in the African American minority?
jonnythan On August 02, 2014
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Here and there,
#5New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 17:49:46
@blondieblue227 Said

I feel African Americans will always be in the minority. Remember from my other posts a minority isn?t a negative thing. Everybody has purpose and worth regardless of what social class you?re in. Minority and majority. The majority will have more simply because they?re the ones making the decisions. Big group has more than the smaller group.

Because African Americans are the minority will they always use the ?slave card? to explain why they feel oppressed?
I?m in a minority too but don?t have an easy excuse to explain my feelings. (I?m disabled)

Will slavery continue to be tangled up with what it means to be in the African American minority?


You seem to be arguing that blacks are not actually oppressed, and that blacks don't actually experience racism.

They don't talk about slavery simply because they're in the minority. They talk about slavery because they experience the racism and lingering fallout of being enslaved on a daily basis.
Asme251 On December 21, 2017
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Boston, Massachusetts
#6New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 17:54:59
@blondieblue227 Said

I feel African Americans will always be in the minority. Remember from my other posts a minority isn?t a negative thing. Everybody has purpose and worth regardless of what social class you?re in. Minority and majority. The majority will have more simply because they?re the ones making the decisions. Big group has more than the smaller group.

Because African Americans are the minority will they always use the ?slave card? to explain why they feel oppressed?
I?m in a minority too but don?t have an easy excuse to explain my feelings. (I?m disabled)

Will slavery continue to be tangled up with what it means to be in the African American minority?



I doubt being a minority affects your production level. If you are referring to African Americans, then maybe decades of oppression might have had something to do with their ignorance, but even so, they should at least be able to see what they're weaknesses are and try to improve on them. Look at other minorities like Asians; they're mostly successful and ambitious. I have never seen an African American use the "slave card", maybe it's because of where I live or maybe it's because they don't. I don't think you've met a lot of African Americans because your view of them seems to be limited.
blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#7New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:01:43
@jonnythan Said

You seem to be arguing that blacks are not actually oppressed, and that blacks don't actually experience racism.

They don't talk about slavery simply because they're in the minority. They talk about slavery because they experience the racism and lingering fallout of being enslaved on a daily basis.


I do feel African Americans are oppressed.
Every minority group is oppressed.
Yes in a sense it is like slavery.

But when I hear the word ?slavery? my mind jumps to early American history and it makes no sense to equate that to what type of oppression African Americans face today. I fail to see the connection.
blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#8New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:05:14
@asme251 Said

I don't think you've met a lot of African Americans because your view of them seems to be limited.



The African Americans I know don?t feel like this.
I?ve come across a few thou and it bothers me. So much so I want to talk about it here.
Asme251 On December 21, 2017
Area Man





Boston, Massachusetts
#9New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:07:43
@blondieblue227 Said

You?re right. The African Americans I know don?t feel like this.
I?ve come across a few thou and it bothers me. So much so I want to talk about it here.



Maybe they need something to excuse their current situation. But I think they should probably look at the more successful African American and aspire to be like them...
lets_see On May 17, 2009

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Alabama,
#10New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:08:32
hold on, if we all go back in history you will see that the first slaves were WHITE. slavery was began as a way for people to pay off their debts. not to mention that blacks sold each other into slavery. I don't feel its right but I have often heard black people say "we deserve (welfare, scholarhips, etc) because my ancestors were slaves." if they believe this, then everyone should be able to get these benefits, considering ALL of our ancestors were at one point slaves. I also feel that blacks are no longer the minority. look at schools these days, the white students are the minority. just some thoughts. take it or leave it, but don't argue with me cuz I won't put up with it. facts are facts.
lets_see On May 17, 2009

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Alabama,
#11New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:13:42
@jonnythan Said

You seem to be arguing that blacks are not actually oppressed, and that blacks don't actually experience racism.

They don't talk about slavery simply because they're in the minority. They talk about slavery because they experience the racism and lingering fallout of being enslaved on a daily basis.


what about white people who deal with it on a daily basis. people don't realize that BLACKS are racist too. they discriminate against whites constantly. and as far as their ignorance, its a lifestyle choice. they have more opportunities than most. The UNCF and the other organizations give ONLY to black students. the kids choose not to take advantage therefore its their fault that they live the way they do, just like its a white persons fault for choosing not to use the scholarships available to us. its not because of slavery.
blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#12New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:15:52
@lets_see Said
but I have often heard black people say "we deserve (welfare, scholarhips, etc) because my ancestors were slaves." if they believe this, then everyone should be able to get these benefits, considering ALL of our ancestors were at one point slaves.


Ok, you got me.
When I?ve seen an angry black person they won?t come out and actually say my ancestors were slaves. I feel the unspoken oppression thou. No doubt. I feel it in the air.
Asme251 On December 21, 2017
Area Man





Boston, Massachusetts
#13New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:16:10
@lets_see Said

hold on, if we all go back in history you will see that the first slaves were WHITE. slavery was began as a way for people to pay off their debts. not to mention that blacks sold each other into slavery. I don't feel its right but I have often heard black people say "we deserve (welfare, scholarhips, etc) because my ancestors were slaves." if they believe this, then everyone should be able to get these benefits, considering ALL of our ancestors were at one point slaves. I also feel that blacks are no longer the minority. look at schools these days, the white students are the minority. just some thoughts. take it or leave it, but don't argue with me cuz I won't put up with it. facts are facts.



Ehem. You are thinking of indentured servants. Yes, they did experience hardships somewhat similar to slaves but they could eventually obtain freedom. Plus you might notice that indentured servitude declined in the late 1600's and early 1700's when enslaving blacks became more profitable.

Africans sold other Africans to slavery but it was the whites' decision to treat them the way they did. Plus the African view of slavery is quite different than the American one. In Africa, a slave could buy his freedom, integrate into the other tribe's society and even marry. In America, a slave was a slave until s/he died. And blacks are in no way a majority.

There might be some schools in black neighborhoods where whites are a minority but overall, America is still overwhelmingly white.

And next time, please cite where you found your "facts".
Asme251 On December 21, 2017
Area Man





Boston, Massachusetts
#14New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:19:01
@blondieblue227 Said

Ok, you got me.
When I?ve seen an angry black person they won?t come out and actually say my ancestors were slaves. I feel the unspoken oppression thou. No doubt. I feel it in the air.



Yep, there is probably some unspoken tension. It's hard for me to know what they might be thinking, however, because I have no idea what African Americans go through.
blondieblue227 On January 08, 2012




, Virginia
#15New Post! Oct 19, 2008 @ 18:24:12
@asme251 Said

Yep, there is probably some unspoken tension. It's hard for me to know what they might be thinking, however, because I have no idea what African Americans go through.



this is true.
it's why i asked on this board.
each time African Americans are opressed do they think about their ancestors that were slaves? i hope not.
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