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May 21, 2011, 06:31 AM
Originally Posted by ScottGem
Boy are you going to be in trouble with unless you eliminate the attitude before you mature.
First, I don't need a heart what I need is a brain. You know nothing about me so don't make assumptions about what I'm buying into. Your middle school teacher was right about history being written by the winners, but that doesn't mean you can discount that history without proof. And that's what you are doing. Simply because you don't want to believe historical fact, you make up your own version that is not supported by fact. You have to understand that opinion is worthless unless its supported by facts.
What I explained about history is not only from American Textbooks. I minored in History in college and my research is thorough. Slavery existed long before the Americas were populated. Enslaving conquered peoples goes back to the dawn of recorded history. This is not a justification for it, because I abhor the institution, but one needs to view it in its historical context. It is fact, from more than American historical records, that African tribes enslaved people from other tribes. It is fact that often these slaves where sold to white slavers. It does not paint the slave trade in a better light to note that fact. And what do you think Africans in the 18th century could have made? The African economy was in no way geared to producing what was needed. Nor was it "free" labor. While it was cheaper to use slaves, they were not free.
As to citing Rosa Parks, I find your use of her example ludicrous. Rosa Parks stood for NON-VIOLENT protest. And yes, she did not report anyone, because IN HER TIME there was no one to report to. And, if you think use of violence to be "efficient", you are further gone then I think you to be.
Oh and this is the first time you mention the user of the word was younger than you. Someone else asked if you had made any attempt to educate him as to how wrong it was to use that word?
Sorry, my friend, but you are wrong on so many levels. But I can see that you are close minded and will not listen to facts. You have formed your opinions because they suit you, not because they are based on fact. And that means there is no further point in trying to educate you.
This is 2011. People understand how bad it is to use the n-word.
The african tribes didn't see slaves the way people from the New World did. Some of them treated them as "just people that worked for them". Had they known how cruel the New World would be to slaves they wouldn't have "sold" slaves just to be able to feed themselves.