bhallg2k wrote:The problem with your approach, Flabbio, is that it completely glosses over the violence of slavery and pretends that everything is all right now. You fail to recognize that the act of enslaving an entire race, beyond its initial wretchedness, pretty much permanently installed blacks as second-class citizens in the eyes of far too many people. Despite any positives, it's still a struggle.
I don't think you're racist. I just think that, like many people, you simply don't know what to do with "white guilt."
This is one of things you just have to take on the chin.
THER ARE NO POSITIVES(except in the mind of a racist)... he speaks as though being an american "citizen" have raised Africans in america to being some type of super African capable of things "normal" Africans are incapable of. He speaks as if education(or productivity) is impossible in Africa or by Africans, earlier he said that to this day they would be in "loin cloths chasing tonights dinner". He speaks as a racist does.
Name two of your ancestors that were enslaved, tell us their struggles, and tell us that you are thankful that their decendants now lead educated and productive lives. Instead of the negativity, how about you acknowledge the positive?
What he is saying is that without slavery no African would be capable of being educated, so therefore they should be thankful that their ancestors were enslaved. And that somehow any material possessions that Africans in america owned today could never have been acheived unless they were "saved" by the enslavement of their ancestors, and more than makes up for it.
When the reality is quite the contrary, slavers(and their ancestors) in america owe their material posessions, and even their survival to the help of the natives of this land(and its resources) and the forced labor of those slaves. Any rights(or so called privileges) that I have are because of the efforts of those who FOUGHT AGAINST SLAVERY(and for human rights), not due to those who wished to enslave. It is the enslavers and their ancestors who have benefitted from slavery not the enslaved. But the racist that he is could never understand that, he sees himself as automatically superior to the inferior African so Africans could never had as good a life in Africa as they have now in america.