Last week I ruffled a lot of feathers with my blog Yes, Racism Plays A Roll. However, politics aside, we all know that racism is a two way street. I don’t like bigots of any color, and I have met quite a few black, Hispanic, and other racists in my time. Some have been very vocal about their hatred of whites.
I think that Al Sharpton is probably one of our best known black racists today. I saw him on the news a while back, threatening to organize a march to protest some real or imaginary injustice, and ranting about how the white man had oppressed his people for over 300 years. I wondered once again how so many in the black community can fall for his nonsense.
He tries to masquerade his work by claiming to be an advocate of minorities, organizing marches and protests whenever some white police officer shoots a black person in the line of duty, or a gang of white thugs assaults a person of color. But I’m curious why I never see him climbing up on his soapbox when black people are the aggressors, either against their own race, or anyone else.
Of course, Sharpton is more self-serving than anything else. To me he’s kind of like a black version of Rush Limbaugh; he makes a lot of noise but most of it is hot air intended to get attention for himself.
The high school I went to had more black students than white, and during the late 1960s I experienced a lot of hostility directed at me because I was the minority. That was when I first heard the tired old claims that the white man had enslaved and oppressed the black man throughout history.
Later on, as a squad leader in the army, I served with many good black men that I came to love; but I also had to deal with black soldiers who bitched and whined because they were forced to fight in a “white man’s war.” They never seemed to notice all of us white kids stuck right there in the mess with them.
Even today the old resentments linger, and some (too many), people expect a free ride because of something that happened hundreds of years ago. Get over it!
I’m sorry that the ancestors of black Americans were enslaved. It was a terrible thing. But history is filled with terrible events and practices. Nobody can move forward if they refuse to let go of the past.
And I didn’t do it! From all of my genealogical research, none of my ancestors, who all lived in northern states, did it! In fact, according to what I have been able to learn, several of my family members served in the Union Army to free enslaved blacks.
Let’s look at the numbers. There were four million slaves in America when the Civil War began. Of the total southern white population of 8,099,760 in 1860, only 384,000 owned slaves. That is less than 5%.
However, many blacks don’t want to acknowledge that hundreds of free Southern blacks also owned slaves! Some claim that this only happened when a free black man bought his family members out of slavery, but that is not true. There are many records showing black slave owners who owned dozens of slaves. Some black plantation owners in Louisiana, for example, owned as many as 100 slaves. A Duke University report on black slave owners in New Orleans reported that over 3,000 (over 28%) of the free blacks in that city owned slaves.
Keeping in mind that there were 384,000 white slave owners in the South, we need to consider that over 2.5 million men served in the Union Army to end slavery, and that over 112,000 of those men were killed in battle, and another 250,000 died from other causes. That is over 364,000 mostly white soldiers who died in the struggle for freedom. Almost as many as whites who owned slaves! If we throw in the number of Union soldiers wounded in the war, the number of casualties rises to almost 640,000! Why the hell isn’t Al Sharpton organizing a parade to thank us?
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