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  •  The fact that they have to use a disclaimer (6+ / 0-)

    "but he treated his slaves well" is proof that slavery was an abomination.  Look you don't treat people like cattle.  Believing that feeding and housing them in lieu of an honest day's pay while denying them the right to marry, raise their own children, own property (because they were the property), read, write and then as in the case of some breed them.  Breeding people as if they are livestock!

    All this Monday morning quarterbacking about how great slavery was is pathetic.  The highly esteem southern folks who founded some city or another, funded this college or that, started a particular organization ...if they were slaveowners that money, that legacy has blood on it.

    Instead of saying s/he "treated his or her slaves well" own it.  Parts of this country was built on the backs of slaves.  What makes it even more disgusting is that their descendents 100+ years after slavery enjoyed various opportunities denied to the descendents of those "well-treated" slaves.

    Now I have never sat around telling Jewish people to get over the Holocaust or trying to convince them that it wasn't as bad as all that.  And until now I never understood why some people felt the need to excuse slavery but thanks to this diary I get it now.  If I lived in a city built by slaves, where all the famous people were slaveowners and the statutes in the park were of Confederate soldiers, my school was named after dead generals who were on the wrong side of history and the house I inherited from my grandmother that is exactly the same "on the other side of town" yet is worth 5 times more thanks to redlining ...I would need a cover story too.

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