Yebbut, they were white.Never heard of him before this thread. I’m obviously spending too much time on forge of empires. I have got this little message for him though.
I’m getting a bit fed up with people hanging the blame for slavery around the necks of ordinary people.
If history was examined In even cursory detail, we would quickly establish that the huge majority of people didn’t own sugar plantations in the West Indies and the Caribbean or anywhere else etc. Neither did most of us own boats capable of packing in several hundred people in inhumane conditions and transporting them thousands of miles across oceans.
My family along with 99% of other ordinary people were absolutely nothing to do with the slave trade. We didn’t invent it, we didn’t work in it and we didn’t prosper from it.
Neither, given the social, economic and political conditions of the era when slavery was rife around the world, could people like my family do anything about.
Life back when slavery was in it’s heyday wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs for the majority of poor people in what went for “civilised‘ society back in those days.
many people lived day to day not knowing where their next penny or their next meal was coming from. Those at the bottom of the ladder were regarded as dross. They were actually treated only marginally better than slaves in many ways.
earnings were minuscule if you could find work. Most people who were lucky to find it worked in back breaking jobs for long hours every day and earned barely enough to feed their families and pay the rent on the hovel they had to live in. If it was a bad week, they didn’t eat because the rent had to be paid regardless.
No basic healthcare meant disease was prevalent everywhere and child mortality was commonplace. If a child lost their parents, they were often taken on by others as virtual slaves or just cast out onto the streets with nothing.
The judicial system was heavily weighted against ordinary people. Capital punishment was a common penalty for a large list of what must be regarded as really quite minor offences including petty theft. For example, if you were caught, you could be hung for stealing a loaf of bread. Capital punishment was also applied to children in the same circumstances as it was applied to adults.
Given what I’ve written here, you might guess that I won’t be walking around wearing a T shirt with I’m sorry written on it. I won’t be popping down to Uxbridge in the little semi circular forecourt in front of the tube station entrance for a public display of topless self flagellation with a cat of nine tails to signify my enormous regret for something that happened several hundred years ago.
My ancestors weren’t slaves but their living conditions and the regime they worked in and how they were treated meant that they lived in pretty much only marginally better conditions than slaves did.
As awful as slavery and everything associated with it was, stop blaming me and people like me!