Only by understanding slavery, and its cost to the enslaved, does the status of their descendants make perfect sense. Want it quantified? The following numbers are approximate:
In 1800, the average life span of a white person was about 48 years. The average life span of a slave was about 32. Post-emancipation, that life span increased to about 44 years, similar to that of Kalihari hunter-gatherers today. That's about twelve years of life stolen from every black man and woman, and the value invested in the community that owned them. Multiplied across the three hundred years or so slavery existed in America, and that comes to hundreds of millions of years stolen, along with the attendant labor. There is no conceivable way that this could have happened, and not have massive effect on descendants who have been free about 1/2 the time they were enslaved. Takes a wound longer to heal than it took to inflict, folks. There are many elements who would like to ignore statistics like this. Justifies their world view.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Obama Hits Bob McDonnell: Omission Of Slavery 'Unacceptable' In Confederate History Month Proclamation
Posted by Steven Barnes at 7:32 PM