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h3Slavery in 2009?  Absolutely!

There are still over 27 million people held in bondage today"

Rev. Gloria White Hammond, M.D.
Rev. Gloria White Hammond, M.D.
It's hard to believe that people are still being sold into slavery in the 21st century!  It's still happening in nearly every country, including North America.

Rev. Gloria White Hammond, M.D. of the Boston Black Ministerial Alliance said, "I went to Sudan. I understand that as I wake up each morning on this side of freedom, I have a gift that comes with a responsibility. That responsibility includes doing all that I can to make sure that all people have the opportunity to live out their lives in pursuit of the health and wholeness to which God has called them...This [human trafficking] is a test, and I pray that our nation and its leaders do not fail this test."

                                        Charges brought against Long Island couple for slavery


Immediate Release - May 25, 2007

Case is typical of modern-day slavery in U.S., American Anti-Slavery Group says former slaves and slavery experts available for interviews.

Boston: Federal charges have been brought against a wealthy couple for keeping two Indonesian women as slaves in their home on Long Island. The women were abused for years, starved and forced to work without the pay that had been promised to them.iAbolish- American Anti-Slavery Group

In our experience working with survivors and cases we have been involved with, this case is typical of modern-day slavery in the United States of American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) Executive Director Janie Kiser said.

One such case, in 2004, involved an Indian woman being held as a domestic slave in Brookline, a wealthy neighborhood of Boston.

In both cases, it was the action of ordinary citizens who made the calls that allowed the victims to escape their enslavers...a concerned neighbor in 2004 who made a call to AASG; and, in Long Island, a man who encountered one of the women outside a Dunkin Donuts wearing only pants and a towel.

In both cases, also, both physical and psychological violence were employed to maintain a hold on the victims. Their passports were taken for safekeeping and they were never paid the wages they were promised.

We are often asked why enslaved people do not just run away. The answer is in the extreme violence they experience, and in their very human need to maintain their dignity by convincing themselves that they will eventually receive compensation. The shame associated with toiling under impossible conditions to realize that they will reap nothing from their work could destroy the spirit entirely according to Kiser.

Beatrice Fernando was held as a domestic slave in Lebanon. I turned into a machine, she said. My body no longer registered pain; I had no more tears left to cry. I got used to sleepless nights and visions of food rather than the real thing.

Fernando eventually escaped by jumping off the fourth floor balcony of her employer.

Kiser says there are two important lessons to be taken from this recent case, as it is not isolated. The first is that slavery is a problem all around us, even in upscale neighborhoods. The other lesson is that ordinary people can make a phone call and rescue someone in need.

For more information on how to recognize the signs of slavery, or to set up an interview with Janie Kiser or Beatrice Fernando, please contact the American Anti-Slavery Group at 617-426-8161 or toll free at 1-800-884 0719.

An inscription on a monument by, Dr. Maya Angelou; Poet and Author

Dr. Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou contributed this inscription on a bronze slavery monument of a black family with broken chains at their feet in Savannah Georgia that reads, "We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others' excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy."



Slave Shackles

The Speech

By Willie Lynch 1712: Instructing the slavemasters on how to control their slaves.

From Clyde LeGlide: cleglide@sbcglobal.net (diaspora2000@yahoogroups.com)

Gentlemen:

I greet you here on the bank of the James river in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you the Gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problems are not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its old highways in great numbers you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.

.I caught a whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed, gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate, I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them.

In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling your Black Slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method is simple, any number of your family or any Overseer can use it.

I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. This simple little list of differences, and think about them. On top of my list is "Age" but it is there only because it starts with an "A"; the second is "Color" or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, status on plantation, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, or on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action - but before that I shall assure you that distrust is stronger that trust, and envy is stronger than adulation, respect or admiration.

The Black Slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self re-fueling and self generation for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.

Don't forget you must pitch the old black vs. the young black male, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs, the dark skin slaves.

Whipping Slaves!
Whipping Slaves
...and people wonder why the Black man is so angry.

Slavery Was Always Unconstitutional Even Before The 13th Amendment

"Too often I get criticism on these matters!" Pointing out the otherwise-little-known abolitionist viewpoint, and the rampant voting fraud-disenfranchisement that occurs, is not popular in certain circles. (That abolitionist view is generally suppressed out of most history books, censored out as though it never existed, as thought the pro-slavery interpretation of the Constitution was the only one.) But the message on that different view (one I feel more accurate), and on voting corruption, is a message that needs to get out, as articulately as possible.

Yes, there are "ignorant bigots", and yes, there is a conspiracy of media silence. The public-at-large are not informed in any meaningful way of these basic issues.

Nor are they informed of the underlying aspect in slavery, that it was always unconstitutional, even before the 13th Amendment, as abolitionist writers repeatedly pointed out, for example, Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Shaw, Joel Tiffany, Alvan Stewart, Lysander Spooner, George Mellen, etc.

Nor are they informed of the continuing vestige of slavery, the massive disenfranchisement of would-be African-American voters, - so as to obstruct elections by denying the right to vote, en masse. For example, in Florida, it was a Gore landslide in 2000, but by massively denying would-be black voters the right to vote, and by not counting votes that were cast, the election outcome was fraudulently reversed. Instead of the elected President, the "ignorant bigot" vote won, aided and abetted by "ignorant bigotsQuot; who control the voter lists and election process.

It will be hard to obtain Reparations until and unless the public-at-large is better informed of the abolitionist viewpoint above cited (that slavery was always unconstitutional); and of the resultant legal doctrine, that people are ALWAYS entitled to damages when constitutional rights are violated).

It will be further hard to obtain Reparations until and unless we can have honest elections where our right to vote is not massively obstructed by "ignorant bigots" in charge of elections and voter lists; and when a landslide for our preferred candidate is not obstructed by massive fraud and corruption." Leroy J. Pletten, Human Rights Activist, and Black Reparations Activist.

Why are whites so savage and diabolical towards non whites?

By: Clyde LeGlide: cleglide@sbcglobal.net (diaspora2000@yahoogroups.com)

Folks,

To answer your question as to what makes white people so savage in their thoughts and actions towards non white people, I give you this interesting information.

This comes from David K. Shipler, a brilliant white author. If we look at his book "A Country of Strangers-BLACKS AND WHITES IN AMERICA", VINTAGE BOOKS, Copyright 1997, page 176-179, Mr Shipler quotes from writings of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson was as complex as the society to which he gave direction. He abhorred slavery but never abolished it, not as governor, not as a president, not as a plantation owner.

The slaves he inherited came with the thousands of acres of land that embedded him in the slavery-dependent economy of eighteen century Virginia.

Although he did not engage in commerce in slaves, he was so devoted to keeping families together that he sometimes bought or sold a slave rather than allow a couple to be separated. Still, he displayed a lack of foresight in writing his will, which granted freedom to only five slaves. As a result, families were split up as slaves were sold to pay Jefferson's debts. Joe Fossett, a blacksmith, was freed by the will, but his wife and children were not, and they were divided among at least four different buyers.

Fossett spent the next decade scraping together enough money to reunite his wife and five of their children by buying them himself. Such was Jefferson's contradictory legacy.

Most searing though are Thomas Jefferson's observations on the supposed inferiority of blacks. Writing in Notes on The State of Virginia, he endorsed virtually every stereotype-positive and negative- that today characterizes the system of prejudices about black people physically, mentally, sexually, and emotionally.

Observing blacks' "unfortunate difference of color," Jefferson constructs a hierarchy of physical beauty, with whites at the top, apes at the bottom, and blacks in between.

Jefferson states and I quote: "The first difference which strikes us is that of color....And is this difference of no importance? Is it not the foundation of a greater or less share of beauty in the two races? Are not the fine mixtures of red and white, the expression of every passion by greater or less suffusions of color in the one, preferable to that external monotony, which reigns in the countenances, that immovable veil of black which covers the emotions of the other race? Add to these, flowing hair, a more elegant symmetry of form, their own judgment in favor of the whites, declared by their preference of them, as uniformly as is the preference of the Oranootan for the black woman over those of his own species." End of quote

Now that's pretty deep!

Jefferson goes on to engage in pseudo science. I quote from page 177 paragraph 4, "They secrete less by the kidneys", he writes, "and more by the glands of the skin. which gives them a very strong and disagreeable odor. This greater degree of transpiration, renders them more tolerant of heat, and less so of cold than the whites." Jefferson goes on to suggest a "difference of structure in the pulminary apparatus" as an explanation. "They seem to require less sleep," he continues.

"A black after hard labor through the day, will be induced by the slightest amusements to sit up until midnight, or later, though knowing he must be out with the first dawn of the morning."

He ascribes to blacks markedly less ability than whites to anticipate consequences. "They are at least as brave, and more adventuresome." he writes. "But this may perhaps proceed from a want of forethought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present. When present, they do not go through it with more coolness or steadiness than the whites.

In his favorite example, recorded from conversation with a British diplomat in 1807, Jefferson described slaves carelessly misplacing their blankets as summer approached, in apparent thoughtlessness about the future turn of seasons. But another interpretation seems more plausible. Jefferson had noted that for five years, an overseer at Monticello had "failed to distribute a single blanket," Lucia Stanton found. Knowing this, the slaves may have pretended to lose blankets that they were actually squirreling away, accumulating them in "the very opposite of what the master saw.-an effort to prepare for an unpredictable future.", she concluded.

An image of primitiveness runs through much of what Jefferson had to say about the sexuality, emotional capacity and creative powers of black people. He writes, "They are more ardent after their female; but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation.

Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt and sooner forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection. To this must be ascribed their disposition to sleep when abstracted from their diversions, and unemployed in labor.

An animal whose body is at rest, and who does not reflect, must be disposed to sleep of course. Comparing them by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me that in memory they are equal to the whites; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid; and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous."

Thomas Jefferson struggles with the question of whether these imagined traits are innate to blacks or imposed by their servitude, a forerunner of today's muted and self conscious debate over the role of racial genetics versus discrimination and poverty in shaping people's lives.

Jefferson excuses black people's supposed "disposition to theft", attributing it to "their situation", and not to depravity of the moral sense." He adds, "We find among them numerous instances of the most rigid integrity, of benevolence, gratitude, and unshaken fidelity." But in other matters, he oscillates between the two poles-the inherited and the acquired-as decisive for black people, asserting at one moment that "their inferiority is not the effect merely of their condition of life," then modifying his words to say that he puts forth this view "with great diffidence" and "as a suspicion only." In the sphere of intelligence and creativity, however, he tilts decidedly toward inborn characteristics as the explanation for what he observes.

Dere it is!

Now remember that this man was a governor, and then went on to become our president. In the late 1700's and early 1800's, he was spewing out this kind of garbage about African Americans.

Nearly all of America adopted those beliefs and taught them to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and on down until present day.

White people have been feeding themselves and us all of this totally incorrect, stereotypical bullshit for nearly two centuries.

That's why today they feel comfortable dragging us behind trucks. Most of them still don't regard us as full human beings as they do themselves. The whites who say they don't feel that way don't do anything to stop this type of behavior.

It is also thinking like this that gives whites the advantage over us in this country in nearly every area of life. This is how whites who didn't own slaves still benefit and have a better life simply by virtue of having white skin. Remember the white skin privilege posts from sometime ago.?

That's why i liked Danielle saying that she works with other whites. White people control most of the banks, the guns, the bombs, the educational institutions, the wealth, So if things are going to improve for us and for them it will require strong intelligent , decent whites wrestling with other whites until they change their thinking to something more accurate, and more Christian.

White started white supremacy in this country and only whites can end it.

Does this clear it up for everyone?

It certainly does for me.