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Human beings who live and work together are bound to form relationships of some kind, and some masters and slaves genuinely cared for each other. But the caring was tempered and limited by the power imbalance under which it grew. Within the narrow confines of slavery, human relationships ran the gamut from compassionate to contemptuous. But the masters and slaves never approached equality.


Conditions of antebellum slavery 1830-1860, Africans in America series

“..some masters and slaves genuinely cared for each other.”

Why are we still living in a time where people are still acting like people who are enslaved can ever truly be allowed to have real relationships with those who enslave them.

You would try to like the person who enslaves you but doesn’t rape, beat, maim, or murder you and your children, wouldn’t you? You may even like them as a person. But that doesn’t change the fact that you are enslaved. Your children are enslaved. Your family is enslaved. And white people are the ones enslaving you. Your entire race is slaves and are inferior as far as these white people are concerned.

Its not “masters” and “slaves”. White people are not and never have been the masters of my race or anyone else. The proper way to address this is the enslaved and the slavers/oppressors.

I don’t care how amicable a relationship an enslaved person and a slaver might have. Let’s dispense with this absolute bullshit about how they cared about each other. No one who participates in the enslavement of your entire race from then to now can really care about you. They are not your friend. Black people and white people DID NOT “work together”–whites were rapists, slavers, and torturers. This should be the standard in writings about slavery and educating children and everybody else.

The standard image of Southern slavery is that of a large plantation with hundreds of slaves. In fact, such situations were rare. Fully 3/4 of Southern whites did not even own slaves; of those who did, 88% owned twenty or fewer.


Conditions of antebellum slavery 1830-1860, Africans in America series

And if there were so few slaves in the South, since y’all love to bring that up, then how in the world is it still effecting Black people so heavily today??? Where did all these Black people come from? Answer me that. It’s been so bad and oppressive for Black people, y’all don’t even know, so you make stuff up.

Shame on you, PBS, for your lack of perspective and neo-liberal bullshit. I am scared, disappointed, and infuriated knowing that you are still trying to educate people.