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The Jamaica Observer: “Slavery Was Good For The Black Man”

Blindie stumbled upon a Jamaica Observer , praising slavery as “our most important contact with modernity,” in which “blacks were able to understand some of the principles of global trade.” It seems to be written by a black man, as he uses the collective ‘we’ throughout his outrageous article.

The author Michael Dingwall argues that when Europeans came to Africa to buy slaves, they found “a society and people vastly inferior to theirs” because Africans “had not developed” the “concept of nation or government,” “science and technology,” and “as a people, we had no sense of self-identity…we were uncivilised.”

Had Dingwall done his research, he would’ve learned that the origins of politics, science, technology and civilized kingdoms originated in Africa and the colonization and kidnapping of its people divided nations and severely stunted her growth.

When Europeans were living in caves and dressing in animal skins, Africans were building kingdoms, mapping the stars, pondering life after death, and building pyramids of mathematical proportions.

Dingwall even overlooks the psychological repercussions of slavery and the institutionalized racism that went along with it, further claiming, “We blacks were changed, for the better, I might add, on account of slavery. We are a better race today because our ancestors went though slavery.”

One thought on “The Jamaica Observer: “Slavery Was Good For The Black Man”

  1. Wow. Good post, I agree that the writer of the article overlooks vast areas of what “good for the black man” should encompass. Ignoring the fact that Africans were “civilized” earlier, the argument that Africans are better off is weak. The whole process of slavery and its aftermath inflicted such enormous pain and destruction; morally degrading all involved, economically enhancing Europe and especially the US. Social stratification of crushing proportions, political disenfranchisement , and “keeping the black man down” economically up to this day is an enormous issue with implications for decades, even centuries to come. Whites CREATED racist judgements of laziness, ignorance, and heathenism, and brutally enslaved millions of people for chattel slavery, how is this good? There are many ways to look at this, and the advantages of “civilization” in the modern/industrial revolution/capitalist sense are practically a requirement of any people who want to survive in the globalized system are not to be overlooked. But slavery was fucked, straight up homey.

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