Institutionalized Racism: Blacks are -still- treated as slaves in Iraq
Following are excerpts from a TV report on blacks in Iraq, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on February 6, 2009:
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“People Call Me ‘Slave'”
Reporter:Â “People still call them slaves in an age in which the world’s loftiest palaces have collapsed. Their great suffering includes many forms of oppression of men by their fellow men, who use them as tools. They were not permitted to own land, and used to work for the feudalists. They constitute a substantial percentage of Iraqi society. Most of them live in Basra, in south Iraq.
Obama Election Gives Hope to Iraqi Blacks Who Are Still Treated as Slaves
Following are excerpts from a TV report on blacks inÂ Iraq, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV onÂ February 6, 2009:
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“People Call Me ‘Slave'”
Reporter: “People still call them slaves in an age in which the world’s loftiest palaces have collapsed. Their great suffering includes many forms of oppression of men by their fellow men, who use them as tools. They were not permitted to own land, and used to work for the feudalists. They constitute a substantial percentage of Iraqi society. Most of them live in Basra, in south Iraq.
Jalal Diyab, Secretary of the Iraqis’ Free Movement: “The blacks were, and still are, marginalized and excluded from society and politics. Blacks are still viewed as inferior slaves. This view has been passed down through the generations. A black person is viewed as someone of lesser value, of lesser importance, as if he were a useless object, which nobody considers important. Even politicians, writers, and researchers pay no attention to black people and to their issues.”
Iraqi: “People call me ‘slave’ or ‘black.’ There is no respect, no appreciation. Who is responsible for this? The large families. Take, for example, those children. They chase you, calling: ‘You black,’ and whatever. It’s not nice.”
Interviewer: “What do white people usually call you?”
Iraqi: “They always call us ‘slaves.'”
Interviewer: “They still do that?”
“When Obama Won The Elections, We Began To Hope That One Day, We Would Have… A Black Official in Any Position”
Iraqi: “The most common thing – and I get it all the time – is that when there is an argument with them, they immediately say: ‘Go away, you slave.’ We are all slaves of Allah. The only thing they know how to say is: ‘Go away, you slave.’ Yesterday, I came from Baghdad, and when it was my turn to get in, the driver said: ‘Not only are you black, but you are also trying to push ahead.’ What is this? Is your God white and mine black? I’m surprised people use such terms.”
“When Obama won the elections, we began to hope that one day, we would have a [black] president – not necessarily the president of the country, but a black official in any position.”
Al Sharpton’s America has other priorities:
Thanks to the Patriot Room
WeÂ have to pay for this?Photo creditÂ Doug88888Â
So is none of Obama’s $1 trillion pork bill going to African-Americans – his primary voting block? Last I heard, Obama was a black guy (at least I seem to recall the MSM saying something about that during the campaign). Do blacks need something extra? Did their guy leave them off his Christmas list?
Congress seems to think so.
Looks like we are going to have a Blue-Ribbon Commission investigate slavery and decide how much more free government money blacks should receive as reparations.
Note that the Commission will not only investigate the damage caused to African-Americans by slaveryÂ while there was slavery, and during Reconstruction, they are going to look for damage from slavery caused to blacks livingÂ today.
FromÂ Old Glory Radio. The bill is H.R. 45.
(b) Duties- The Commission shall perform the following duties:Â
(1) Examine the institution of slavery which existed within the United States and the colonies that became the United States from 1619 through 1865. The Commission’s examination shall include an examination ofâ€“
(A) the capture and procurement of Africans;
(B) the transport of Africans to the United States and the colonies that became the United States for the purpose of enslavement, including their treatment during transport;
(C) the sale and acquisition of Africans as chattel property in interstate and instrastate commerce; and
(D) the treatment of African slaves in the colonies and the United States, including the deprivation of their freedom, exploitation of their labor, and destruction of their culture, language, religion, and families.
(2) Examine the extent to which the Federal and State governments of the United States supported the institution of slavery in constitutional and statutory provisions, including the extent to which such governments prevented, opposed, or restricted efforts of freed African slaves to repatriate to their homeland.
(3) Examine Federal and State laws that discriminated against freed African slaves and their descendantsÂ during the period between the end of the Civil War and the present.
(4) Examine other forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed African slaves and their descendantsÂ during the period between the end of the Civil War and the present.
(5) Examine theÂ lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery and the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) on living African-Americans and on society in the United States.
(6) Recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the Commission’s findings.
(7) Recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission’s findings on the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4).
And here is, literally, the money provision.
In making such recommendations, the Commission shall address among other issues, the following questions:Â
(A) Whether the Government of the United States should offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of the United States for the perpetration of gross human rights violations on African slaves and their descendants.
(B) Whether African-Americans still suffer from the lingering effects of the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4).
(C) Whether, in consideration of the Commission’s findings,Â any form of compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted.
(D) If the Commission finds that such compensation is warranted,Â what should be the amount of compensation, what form of compensation should be awarded, and who should be eligible for such compensation.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I personally have never owned a slave, and to my knowledge, nobody in my entire clan, stretching back to the mid-19th century, when we arrived in America, has either. But I am going to have to pay more money to the government so it can be given to people who were never slaves, whose families may never have been slaves (how does one accurately prove that anyway?), and who have benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars in welfare payments, affirmative action, racial preferences and set-asides, and anti-discrimination laws?
If we are going to investigate this issue going back hundreds of years, why don’t we take a good look at the African slave merchants who rounded up prisoners from neighboring tribes, sold them to slave traders, and pocketed the cash?
FromÂ WikipediaÂ (citations omitted).
The Atlantic slave trade peaked in the late 18th century, when the largest number of slaves were captured on raiding expeditions into the interior of West Africa.Â These expeditions were typically carried out by African kingdoms against weaker African tribes and peoples. These mass slavers included the Oyo empire (Yoruba), Kong Empire, Kingdom of Benin, Kingdom of Fouta Djallon, Kingdom of Fouta Tooro, Kingdom of Koya, Kingdom of Khasso, Kingdom of Kaabu, Fante Confederacy, Ashanti Confederacy, and the kingdom of Dahomey.Â Europeans rarely entered the interior of Africa, due to fear of disease and moreover fierce African resistance. . . .Â
The kings of Dahomey sold their war captives into transatlantic slavery, who otherwise would have been killed in a ceremony known as the Annual Customs. As one of West Africa’s principal slave states, Dahomey became extremely unpopular with neighbouring peoples. Like the Bambara Empire to the east, the Khasso kingdoms depended heavily on the slave trade for their economy.Â A family’s status was indicated by the number of slaves it owned, leading to wars for the sole purpose of taking more captives. This trade led the Khasso into increasing contact with the European settlements of Africa’s west coast, particularly the French.Â Benin grew increasingly rich during the 16th and 17th centuries on the slave trade with Europe; slaves from enemy states of the interior were sold, and carried to the Americas in Dutch and Portuguese ships. The Bight of Benin’s shore soon came to be known as the “Slave Coast”.
And these guys were very proud of their business model and defended it fiercely.
King Gezo of Dahomey said in 1840’s:
The slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and the glory of their wealth…the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery…
In 1807, the UK Parliament passed the Bill that abolished the trading of slaves. The King of Bonny (now in Nigeria) was horrified at the conclusion of the practice:
We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself.
Let’s see if we can have these reparations paid by the descendants of these villains in Africa without whom there would have been far fewer slaves brought to America in the first place. We could start in the numerous places in Africa whereÂ slavery still exists.
If the Democrats like punishing corrupt CEO’s of big business, those Africans might be a good place to start.
World Headquarters of Slavery, Inc. – Cape Coast Slave Castle, GhanaPhoto creditÂ Julius