The Slavers and the Rest of Us

Whenever slavery is brought up, I tend to roll my eyes. Why you may ask? Because, I never owned another person. No one from what I can gather in my family owed slaves or even parlayed in the trade for that matter. However; whenever I am lectured about racism, bigotry and slavery, I feel as if by default I am somehow incorporated into the slavers and their trade. Simply due to my skin color.

Then I wonder, what about the families that were slavers. How come they get a pass? You can’t help who your family is, but then again, why am I always included on the list? Let’s take a look.

Anderson Cooper: From what I gather, his great great grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt, who owed plantations and owned slaves.

Ben Affleck: Apparently he had family members that owned slaves.

The Royal Family (U.K.): Now, for as far as their “royal” blood goes back, you’re gonna tell me that they never owned slaves?!?!?!?

President Barack Obama: Turns out, ole Barry’s kin George Washington Overall owed slaves.

The Catholic Church: Over 2,000 years old, I bet if you look lazily, you’ll be able to find proof easily enough that the Pope and the church participated, encouraged and probably even enjoyed slavery.

Between the Pope, the Catholic Church, Vatican City and the Royal Family, I would think there would be plenty of money to pay reparations. Yet, they couldn’t care less. The rest on this short list have money and assets in the billions possibly trillions, depending on how encompassing your calculator is. They always wanna lecture us on slavery, racism and everything else, when their own blood is culpable.

I grew up a poor white boy, but at the time I didn’t know that. My parents never whined to me about how unfair life is. They were mature, responsible adults that loved me.

Slavery can never be taken back, it was wrong and horrible. I just wanna know why I am blamed for what I did not do, why I am blamed for a skin color that I cannot control and for the actions of others that I have no blood relation to?

Why do those with the closest relations to the slavers get to lecture the rest of us on how bad and horrible we are for things we did not do? They look down their nose at us, they don’t care about slavery, why should we?


30 thoughts on “The Slavers and the Rest of Us

  1. Anonymous

    Hi bottomlesscoffee, I completely understand what you mean. I’ve also Always been annoyed by this fact of recalling slavery all the time and continuously blaming the descendant of those who committed the crime.
    I really think the time to stop positionning ourselves as victims has come a long time ago. I never understand why some people go on bringing up the past, making it an excuse for not succeeding, for not having a chance, etc. It’s the same thing in Cameroon where I grew up. The mentality still puts the “white” people on top of the social scale, people even go as far as Calling you “boss” just because you have white skin. And there is Always this discourse which says “you enslaved our ancestors (hundreds of years ago), so you must repair, and repay us”. Eventhough I’m half African, I disagree with that kind of mentality and really hope that someday it will be behind us all for good.
    Heigh years ago I visited Senegal, there was a woman who was begging in the street, her speech was “your ancestors exploited my people, you should repay us” !!! wtf* Yeah.

    I’m not denying the existence of racism or whatever, I just think that a mature position would be to start aknowledging that if slavery was possible in the first place, it’s because the Europeans where helped by the natives. Who ran after the most fit of their people? Who knew where they hid and caught them ? I’m not sure some foreigner would have been able to run in the forest and find the Young and strong men and women who were taken as slaves. That part is never reminded (strangely).
    And nowadays a sort of axploitation (of men and soil) continues by the Chinese, the Africans are letting this happen, and in a few years, they will be the first to blame them for taking what they willingly gave them without further thinking.
    Thank you for giving me the Opportunity to express myself on this subject, I’ve Always wanted to do so.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly. I compare it to infidelity. If your spouse cheats on you, you find out, yet you tell them you forgive them and vow to repair the relationship with them. But whenever you get mad or jealous, you throw it back in their face to shame them into doing whatever it is you want them to do.

      It’s a money making tactic for sure.

      1. Like you said…one more topic to exploit money from shaming. And, you expect the elite to roll off their high horses and admit wrong doing? Who are you? Just the hired help…

  2. The English and their pompous royal family have a lot to answer for here in Australia, convict slavery, Aboriginal slavery, and aboriginal slaughter, along with their stolen children…..

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly, yet they blame the regular folk rather than look in the mirror. The regular folk are made to pay for the rest of their lives for what the crown committed. The sad part is from the media to education, they enable this blame shifting. Meanwhile there might be another royal baby on the way. Must be nice to receive nothing but fanfare and love after your family ravaged the globe.

      1. mmm, though I agree with you in general, I think the crowm members of today deserve the same treatment as the rest of the people : forgiveness and oblivion. Ok maybe not oblivion, but those who are alive today did not personnally commit the crime either, just like you 😉
        I’m here to push the button LOL.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          For sure, then why do they continue to lecture the rest of the western and only the western world about it? They force their guilt upon us. They blame us for what they did.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              I will say though, I think it’s unfair to monolithically blame the English. I believe it was the crown and solely the crown. At the very least, I tend to believe that orders were simply followed. If you didn’t follow orders, by default you opposed the crown. Certain death for whom ever defined the crown.

              1. Probably my underlying disgust of the English government and crown of that era, my great great grandfather was a Port Arthur convict, arrested in Glasgow fleeing Ireland where the Irish were being persecuted by the British……

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  I can understand and empathize. I think words, phrases and nouns have been hijacked to the extent that simply referring to the British everyone may assume you mean the people when in fact you are referring to the crown and the ruling class exclusively. This is what I understand from your comment.

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Well, I am horrible at poetry, but that’s why we talk it out to attempts to understand rather than simply slander. Thanks for your comments and time. I appreciate your participation and openness.

  3. I would not be surprised if the Pope, the Royal Family, etc., did get involved at one point or another with slaves, considering all the other stuff they’ve done.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly, yet they get a pass every time. That’s the problem with all of this nonsense, from slavery to sexual assault and rape allegations. All of us are made to pay for the criminal activity of others. If they ever expect to get anything fixed or done, they must take it up with the appropriate people. Blaming everyone else, only allows this stuff to continue happening.

  4. I understand what you mean. As a White Australian, the propaganda here from Labor and the Greens and other lefties is ridiculous. Recently, a 9-year-old schoolgirl in Queensland became (for a short time) the poster girl of the left by refusing to stand for the national anthem, claiming that Advance Australia Fair means Advance White Australia. Even though it’s a simple case of a BRAT in need of discipline, the Aussie media made a spectacle of it. The Left and the Aborigines (well, certain vocal left-wing Aboriginal groups) have been campaigning for the last few years to change and/or abolish Australia Day, claiming it disregards Aboriginal history. What date are we to celebrate then, other than when the British colonised us (the best thing to happen to us, frankly)? The date we became a Federation? That’s actually not a bad idea (perhaps as a SEPARATE holiday), but the problem is… we became a nation on New Year’s Day (January 1st), 1901, which is already a holiday all over the globe.

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