I had made a personal commitment to myself to blog on a daily basis in an attempt to confront the numerous daily articles, opinions, and comments made by the AIM/Peltier supporters.
Four plus decades of this are difficult to overcome, and though I haven’t always been able to blog daily I sometimes do with multiple blogs during the course of the day-this is one of those days and so I offer another one.
Some may think this to be off topic compared to the nature and history of this blog but I submit it is not-as everything that occurs in this country will impact us just as it does everyone else-and the farther down the socio-economic ladder you are the greater the impact will ultimately be.
I was talking with someone recently and the conversation took a turn to the topic of slavery-they offered the opinion that f it hand’t been for Northern banks not lending to Southern farmers and plantation owners slavery wouldn’t have existed.
A mea culpa of sorts that shifts the blame of the morally bankrupt to others-along with this I was told by their sibling that slaves were actually well cared for in the South, that any other claim is a misconception-that they had it better off than if on their own.
As a “proof” of this it was offered in defense that slaves were likened to essential equipment, an investment, so it could only follow that a conscientious upkeep would be in order-they would have been “well cared for”.
The reality for me without being from the South is that the facade of a cultured and civilized antebellum Southern aristocracy is little more than that- a facade whose intent it is to revise an horrific history predicated upon human degradation, greed, and the trafficking or human beings.
And while the North may have been the one to raise “concerns” about the practice of slavery it should be noticed that some Northerners also held slaves, though in the finger pointing that is seldom addressed. It should be mentioned as well that the North’s treatment of Irish immigrants allows them no moral ascendency from which to cast stones.
So, this version of the “essential” nature of slavery is one based upon economics- while ignoring the “essential” and inherent evil of it-ignoring that excerpt from the Constitution that asserts all men are created equal.
We are expected to believe the stories of the venerable and devoted old Uncle Tom devoted to his master-or the loving “Mammie” rearing the massah’s “chilrun ” as though they were her own and grooming them to take their place in an oppressive society are evidence of this concern for those held in bondage.
Not much of surprise is it? As the same mindset exists in the present, as in debt slavery and being held captive to corporate and banking interests- a captivity augmented by legislation that serves to insure it.
As a people the nations know more than we need to know about slavery from personal experience, beginning with the arrival of Columbus who needed slaves to advance the empire, and the “church” for doing it’s good works.
I saw a net comment not long ago that since the Supreme Court has ruled corporations are “essentially” people and as such entitled to the same “rights”, “privileges”, and “protections” when will one be executed for their crimes?
Crimes that impact an entire country and the world. That’s an excellent question-and though I’m not advocating for, nor do I think the author mean’t execution in the literal sense, the question remains when within the context of their “humanity” will they be held to to account?
When will they no longer be able to offer the mea culpa of economic facilitation as an excuse for slavery?
Idle No More? How about slaves no more-how about that all are equal thing? How about a judicial system and politicians that pursues the high and mighty as well and in equal measure as it does others? One that plays no favorites and can’t be bought with high priced attorneys and lobbyist money?