The outrage is better directed at CBS for allowing this on our airwaves.
The main benefit of having slaves was not the thrill of ownership, it was the free labor. And the fact that not having to fill any pay envelopes meant that the plantation owners could keep the profits almost completely for themselves and become the wealthiest people in the entire Country.
No one disputes the necessity of a great deal of labor to produce raw cotton.
The alternative they had was to pursue a program of gradual freedom much like it was done with indentured bondsmen, while paying a wage to them from the cotton revenue, thus motivating the now free blacks to continue to work cotton. Former slaves who then had money to spend would have provided the beginnings of a strong, broad-based economy in the South, just because they would buy stuff; an economy where almost everyone participated, rather than just the one-percenters. But no, the plantation owners decided to pursue short-term greed for themselves rather than long-term, solid growth for all.
The poor-whites who were blocked from obtaining some 4 million farm jobs because of the free-labor slaves, were conned into accepting this economic situation by being told that they were intrinsically better than the slaves, and visibly too good to go out and work in those hot, hot fields, which is how racism got jump started.
The U.S. Army invaded the South? Remember, the Southern States attempted to secede and form a new Country, but since the secession attempts were illegal, that whole "splitting off" attempt was null and Void from its inception. Which means that the U.S. Army can not be said to be invading U.S. territories when it set out to quell a rebel insurrection after certain States had abandoned their Statehood.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I actually thought of something like that when writing my previous comment, but you point it out well.Since different people and different experiences are, obviously, different, I am not about to argue whose experience is worse then whose. No way I could know another's feelings, inner or outer. But I had to decide, for me. that being alive still gives one a chance to do the next thing. It has got me through some very long days.Forget hope. Hope is a deceiver and Pandora should have left it in the box with the rest of the evils of the world.
Remarks by President Barack Obama in the Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney
Quoting from Obama's remarks:
"Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate." (Applause.)
Well, Mr. President, what are the results of your examination, or are you all talk and no action when it comes to protecting children from the National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect that for decades has deprived untold numbers of American children of African descent from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood?
In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled "I", Kendrick Lamar writes, "I've been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent."
During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:
"Lamar's parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. "My mom's one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton," he says."
"I'm 6 years old, seein' my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin' dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, 'cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like 'Average Joe.'"
Mr. President, it seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy, safe Average Joe and Josie American kid childhood.
Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick's immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children's way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with...*nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.*
It seems evident to me these PARENTAL INTRODUCED obstacles and challenges cause some developing children's minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing OR NOT CARING ABOUT right from wrong...because as the mature, young victims of child abuse realize their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying. RESENTMENT
I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was raised in Kendrick's family I would most likely be silently peeved at my parents for being immature irresponsible "living wild" adults who deprived me of a safe, happy childhood.
Though like many victims of child abuse, most likely I would deny my parents harmed me, seeking to blame others for the pain my parents caused to me.
Mr. President, I wonder how little Kendrick and his elementary school classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents?
Barack, when you took office I had hopes for you being The Man. I had hopes you would become the paternal father figure for millions of young American children whose immature moms selfishly deprived them of a father figure.
I had hopes you would be the first elected official in more than three decades to openly and clearly address the issue of child abuse and neglect that fuels and perpetuates much of the fear and racial animosity many American embrace.
Instead you slap the faces of responsible American moms and dads who struggle with keeping their kids safe from, and/or succumbing to The Street culture when you release drug dealers who sell poison drugs to depressed people who everyday cause emotional and physical trauma to their peaceful neighbors when they rob, steal, murder and maim their neighbors to purchase drugs from the dealers you let go.
Mr. President, in your desire to be the "cool guy" you 'played to' depressed Americans while totally disregarding the peaceful Americans of African descent who fear many of their depressed neighbors and the frustrated, angry abused/neglected children their depressed neighbors irresponsibly introduce to many struggling American communities.
Mr. President, you asked why some American children of African descent "Hate."
I would like to learn your theory for why many "Hate" and what you are actively doing to end the "Hate?"
Decades ago many African American kids began writing rap lyrics characterizing our moms, sisters, grandmas, daughters and aunts as *itches and *hores.
Mr. Obama, why did my peaceful Motown musician friends from the 60s express nothing but love, respect and admiration for our moms, sisters, grandmas, daughters and aunts, yet for more than three decades many of their children and grandchildren compose music performances characterizing the maternal half of our population as less than human creatures, not deserving of respect?
This is a discussion about American citizens we elect to office, ignoring child abuse that emotionally and physically harms countless American children.
Do you believe our leaders are doing anything to end the abuse and neglect suffered by many of our nation's children?
Two examples of horrific child abuse that not only hurts my heart but also scares the hell out of me.
5-year-old attacked by 6-yr-old
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