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Catfish and Cod
Monday, July 14, 2003
Now that's a different spin.
(link path: King of the Blogs, Tacitus, allAfrica.com, New Vision of Kampala, Uganda)

First Leon Harris' documentary on modern Africa on CNN last night, and now this.

I swear, I honestly had never thought of slavery in the South in the terms used by the writer:

Well, someone could be quick to add that it was Americans who enslaved Africans in the first place. Granted. But we should not also forget that it was mainly under American masters that African slaves at least survived and eventually took their place under the sun.

African slaves were equally taken in huge numbers to the Arab world, but where are they today? Wouldn't black people in the Arab world be in millions? Where are the Arab Colin Powells, Condoleezza Rices, Rosa Whitakers, who would be walking the corridors of power? Is it true that male African slaves in the Arab world were castrated to deny them reproduction?

The survival of the African slaves to become part of modern America explains one key aspect in the strength of the United States. Sticking to its roots as a land of immigrants, the United States absorbs people from other parts of the world with ease as its citizens.

Whoa. Kind of puts a different spin on both the white and the black stories of the horrors of American slavery, doesn't it?

I'm going to have to go off and think now. A lot.