Underclass View of American slavery

Political View from from the Underclass


I’ve seen lately on Hub pages an attempt to insult by inquiry black people in general and African- American in particular. “Why do blacks carry a chip on their shoulders about slavery?” “Were you ever a slave?” “How comes blacks in Europe never say a word about slavery?” Why do they kill each other? Why don’t they teach and educate their children? Why don’t they get a job during this recession? Why don’t they pull up their pants? Why do they blame slavery for everything? My question is why do people who blame African Americans for everything wrong with America and with African Americans ask African Americans such insulting questions. I have a question for the questioners, if neither you nor your forefathers were ever African slaves or victims of racism, what held you back, not blacks? Not even affirmative action, racism and slavery is the black man’s reasons, is the black man your reason, or the lack of free labor?


The Negro and American slavery are hard to separate like today’s liberals and minorities. Before I look back to that painful and shameful time I must look out at today. What is said about black people is painful and shameful to me. The way I see it, Negros don’t behave like any other people on earth. The majority of African Americans are poor unemployed and uneducated. They are mostly urban dwellers living in poor cities abandoned by white’s years ago, but now Regentrification is the word of the days and night. In an attempt to show the connection between slavery and today’s African American’s lack of advancement I must use a word I never liked, Negro.


Slavery in world history is different, and nothing like the brutality, inhumanity, and dehumanization of American Slavery. No indentured servants and slaves throughout history suffered the existence of the American Negro in and out of slavery in America. Now for those who really want to understand the connection between American slavery and today’s Negro and slavery, I want you to imagine that Negro didn’t mean black and your people were brought to America against their will. They were brought to America because they were hard workers. The black men and European

who stole them from all over Europe called them Negros. Now stick with me, these black men bought and sold your people for hundreds of years. During all those years there was no such thing as family life for Negro slaves. Education of a Negro slave could mean death to the teacher and student. Your forefathers couldn’t protect their wives and children from the black land owners. Those who choose death over dishonor die, most lived. After hundreds of years of the Negros being slaves they were freed. Your people were free to leave but had no place to go. They didn’t get no homestead, no 40 acres, no mule, so most of your people stay on the plantation and paid the black slave owner to work the land.


Many freed Negros headed to cities and towns looking for jobs. Slavery was over, and most European Negros were poor and ignorant. Racism replaces slavery And Negros were held down and held back until about the time you were born in the in the early 50’s. When you were 15 or so civil right, voting rights, desegregation and stuff like that gave you and your parents hope for Negros for the first time since 1865. Black people just left the cities and move to the suburbs and took their money too. For the first time in the south European Negros could drive city buses, be mayors, and city council persons. The police chiefs of most big cities were Negros, and so were the fire chiefs imagine that, a white police chief. The blacks move away and built schools, firehouses, and city halls away from the poor and uneducated European Negros. The Negros were calling for white power in cities across America as the city’s tax base suffered from the lost of the black tax payers. City services declined and education failed in most urban schools. The Negros didn’t want to be called Negros anymore; they wanted to be called Euro-Americans. Your parents didn’t know from where in Europe they came because they had no knowledge of their history prior to the end of slavery. As far as they could remember, you are the first family member to go to college since your forefathers arrived in America. The 60’s 70’s and 80’s were the best years for Negros as far as economy development and good jobs. Then came the 90’s and the southern strategy, next jobs began to disappear and move off shore. Crack came to the Hood just as the job began leaving. Those Euro-American got hooked from coast to coast and it was another blow to the Negro family structure. By the time Negros got over that introduction to Crack, the jobs were gone and we were in two wars. The door was open for about 30 years after being closed for hundreds and it closed tight again in the last 20 years. Only about 10% of all the millions of Euro-Americans were successful getting through the door in that 30 year opening. Today Negros have lost ground. Other Europeans don’t identify with Negros because neither they nor Negros know the nation they are from in Europe. The Europeans know Negro history better than Euro-Americans know their own. Europeans, Africans, Asians, Arabs, etc, they all do better in America than Negros who have been here since the beginning of America, Why is this true? Is it because white people just don’t want to live better lives? No, it’s racism and not slavery. It has been for over a hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Black Racism against White Negros has stopped the progress of Negros in America, their only known Nation.


This story was created to illustrate that any race or people under the same conditions would be in the same position today as African Americans. American slavery through breeding turned Africans into Negros; it could have been any people. In honor of Negro history month, my next hub will be about Racism and its impact on the advancement of Negros in America. You can see much more of what blacks experienced through American brand of slavery. @http://innercity.org/holt/slavechron.html

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31 comments

ShortStory 5 years ago

Absolutely no offense meant, but this is kind of rambling and all over the place. It also seems to be based on many unsupported claims and assumptions.

To start with, who exactly do you see blaming African Americans for everything wroing in America? What percentage of the total population do those casting such blame represent? What proof do you have upon which to base this claim?

Similarly, what evidence to you have that no other instances of slavery at any other times or places in history were as brutal and dehumanizing as that which took place in the US?

I don't ask out of any defense of the evil of slavery and prejudice and oppression, or in dispute of the facts of US history, but if you are going to construct an argument you need to solidify the foundation.

Again, the above is posed with all due respect.


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junko 5 years ago Author

Ok ShortStory this is an illustration and opinion by junko, you don't have to agree, nor do you have to disagree. With all do respect, you were to observe the cross reference of crack and slavery. Looking forward to your first hub, thanks for the comment.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Well, I understand you point entirely. Sadly, people seem to forget that an attempt to give African American some semblance of equal rights only took place in this country in the 60's. Because the law passed, doesn't mean attitudes changed.

What will be the results of taking people from their home, taking their language, customs, name and separating them from their family members? Oddly white people can understand and connect the greatest misdeeds in the world to someone's past experience or neglect, all of a sudden when it comes to Blacks, they are totally in the dark...what is the difference.

They are ignorant Junko.

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junko 5 years ago Author

They are ignorant because they are too lazy to think for themselves, they tune in to find out what they should think each day and night. Understanding the unique experience of African American in America is easier for the common man then understanding the constitution. Most White Americans want to forget about slavery, and most African Americans can't forget about slavery because of Racism. I'm glad you can understand where I was coming from in this hub, that means a few million white people understand and since reparation is out of the question, understanding is positive. Thanks Fay.


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imjustmusing 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I understand where you are coming from, but I have to disagree when you say no white person understands the black person.

Was slavery bad? Absolutely. Should we forget about it? Absolutely not. But you make several erroneous assumptions. First, not all whites were slave holders, nor did they think slavery was good. Yes there was the 3/5 th rule in the Constitution, but that was fought over extensively before the document was ratified, and that is the main reason the amendment process was written into it.

Do I understand what it means to be "black", nope and I don't pretend to, but your second erroneous assumption is that because I am white, I am the same as every other white, and you think I look at blacks as being all the same.

The third, and in my mind the most important point is all we hear is the argument of how blacks have been held back, etc. etc. If that is true, then how exactly do you explain Barack Obama? He says he is African American, ie black. Do you dispute that? Is he not successful? How much higher can he go? If I were black and I saw on the tv everyday about how we now have a black president, I think I would finally be able to say to my kids "Look kids, you truly can be everything you try to be."

Finally racism is the belief that inherent traits of a race make one race superior to the other. If you believe that all whites are racist, then are you not yourself so?


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junko 5 years ago Author

Imjustmusing, In this hub I never made an assumption or an insertion that all whites were were slave owners. (The Civil War) I didn't assume because you are white all whites are the same or ever were the same. (John Brown and his son would never join the tea party) I explain Obama as a willing worker, the Nation was on the brink of economic collapse and no strong White candidate wanted to follow behind Bush from the Conservative right wing. If bush had not messed up so bad Obama wouldn't be President. Because he was able to reverse the recession Republicans are trying to make him a 1 term president and a failure. If the right is successful what than should be the story told to black children. Racism is not just a belief, it's a way of life and I never said all whites are racist.


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imjustmusing 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I will have to disagree that the recession has been reversed.


Wayne 5 years ago

junko, imjustmusing only disagree with the recession being reversed, that's interesting. I will come back to read more of your articles soon.


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junko 5 years ago Author

Thanks again, Wayne. Come back anytime. The door will be open.


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

interesting hub.....however is slavery over for most of us...? a different century however the same tactic..


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junko 5 years ago Author

Darknlovely, That brand of slavery is over for most of us. Today slavery is voluntary for a small stifen for most of us. Thanks for your time, and comment.


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Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

Regarding slavery today: The slaveowners created a situation where over 50% of the population of the south were slaves. Ending slavery was not enough to offset the deep and far reaching effects of slavery. Winning the civil war was so divisive that the issue that it was all about was still never completely resolved. Good hub.


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junko 5 years ago Author

Thank you Anne for stopping to read and commenting. The effects of slavery has truly been far reaching in space and time to the present. You make a difference.


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feenix 5 years ago

Brilliant hub, Junko, absolutely brilliant. You effectively pointed out a problem that is quite prevalent today, and that is a whole lot of whites do not accept they must pay for the sins of their fathers. And ShortStory needs to learn some manners.


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junko 5 years ago Author

Thanks Feenix, Shortstory changed his handle.


Mary Wells 5 years ago

Junko, I must admit you gave me a view of slavery in America that pointed out the difference of slavery at any other time or place. Thank you!


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junko 5 years ago Author

Thanks you Ms Wells I'm glad you found it interesting


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Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

Much of the racism in America is passed down from one generation to the next. American slavery devastated any hope of immigrants from Africa making their way other immigrants did on their way to the American Dream. In a land where the rules of the game aren't equal, where underlying racism still exists today, many black residents of larger cities started their own game. Now how does America address this problem? It's not going away, and it's not acceptable to look the other way forever.


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junko 5 years ago Author

Jason, The foundation of American Slavery was racism. That said, one can say America was built on racism. Today it is said that racism is dead, we are post-racial. Nobody really believes that, these days anyway. Greed may trump racism soon as public enemy #1. Thanks for your comment.


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Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

In this day and age there no longer exists blockades in business, schools, or society for African-Americans. Everyone is giving equal chances. We are no longer living in the 50's or 60's. Everyone has equal opportunity to continue their education, succeed in the business sector, and make their lives as fulfilling as possible. The only thing holding back any type or class of people are the people themselves. There is no excuse for anyone not to better themselves. There is no excuse for anyone to come up with excuses. We are in a different age and era with a better mentality, with less bias, less racism, more acceptability, more tolerance, more respect for all nationalities.


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junko 4 years ago Author

Gulf Coast Sun, In this day and age,even after more Whites than Africans Americans voted for President Obama, racism is alive and well in America. At this time and space all but the upper classes is being discriminated against and the only thing thats holding back any type and class of people is politics and the hatred of the President. I wish I could agree with you,but I can't,because reality has a different view. I thank you for your view and comment and I hope things will someday be as you see them today.


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Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

Being born and raised in NYC we were always under the impression that there was a profound amount of racism in the north but much more in the southern states. It wasn't until I moved to Florida sixteen years ago that I found that to be completely untrue. The people here are less racist and more tolerant of inter-racial relationships and marriages. There are more biracial children here in Florida and the majority are from good marriages. And yes, there are racists all over the country, but the younger generation, teens, 20's, 30's, and 40's do not have the mind-set of racism that I saw growing up during those years. Regarding the number of white citizens who voted for President Obama, I cannot vouch for, but is it just because more white citizens showed up to vote than African-Americans? I do know positively that the college students from all the colleges throughout the US did help President Obama win the vote. Hands down.

I am a realist and write what I see. I also live it. You see my son-in-law is an African-American and he is our wonderful, compassionate son who we love and adore. We have many conversations on this issue. And they have blessed us with twin grandchildren who do not feel different - because society has changed.

We see good and bad in all nationalities. I also see racists among Italians (me and my four brothers are first generation Italian-Americans), between the Sicilians and the rest of the Italian country. These people are older generations who are stupid and ignorant.

I also see bias among the Canadians and the British who visit our town every year. They hate each other.

So lets not over emphasize racists with only one type. Yes it among all but not as prevalent and much less so with the younger generations.

It's been great hubbing with you. Lets keep in touch. Kathleen


Sheep 4 years ago

I strongly feel that the president was given a bad hand, but he has been able to keep it and protect it without selling it to China. The question is, are we still enslaved, yes to some degree. Remember caucasian were not the only race of people who owned slaves, Blacks were slaves owners as well. As a rule of thumb in my life, I must always remember that all caucasians are not racist.


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junko 4 years ago Author

How could you forget, all caucasians are not racist? Sheep, if all caucasians were racist Obama would not be President.


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blenus 4 years ago

Great points, thanks for the unique way of looking at it....


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junko 3 years ago Author

blenus my bad, I haven't been here in the last few months. You're welcome


Mike Washington 3 years ago

Junko, all I can say is WOW! and I will return to read everything you wrote. Its been my pleasure to read your work,but I must hit the highway now. I'll be back, trust me, its been great.


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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Junko,a big hello from Liverpool. Luis Suarez just been named footballer of the year with his team mate Steven Gerrard as 2nd.Cheers for you! Best from jandee....(sorry about it being in the wrong section)


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junko 2 years ago Author

jandee, Thanks for the shout out. Hope that all is well with you, congrats to Luis. I don't know how I got two comment sections. Best to you from New Orleans.


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junko 4 months ago Author

We must try to understand each other's position in society today and how yesterday's cause and effect effects the lives of the majority of African American in negative ways in 2016.


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junko 4 months ago Author

When ever did "Blacks Lives Matter" in America to any other than African Americans.

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    Mary 5 years ago

    Very, thought provoking, and a different way to view American Slavery.


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    junko 5 years ago Author

    Thank you, Mary for the encouragement and comment.


    www777 5 years ago

    Slavery throughout it's history have always been an oppressing, demoralizing, humiliating, brutalizing, inhuman and unfair experience for everyone who suffered under it's affliction. And people of all different races have been enslaved at one time or another in history. American slavery consisted of all the aboved. The biggest difference in American slavery is that many of us living today have been directly affective by it. But I feel we must somehow also look at other side of Blacks-Negros-African Americans in America's history. You will find that not all Blacks-Negros-African Americans were slaves, they were not all uneducated and they were not all poor. The insult is that many; of all races in America belive that. Junko I hope you keep writing we need that kind of uplifting for all Americans.


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    junko 5 years ago Author

    www777, you are encourageing always, let me encourage you to join hubpage today. You have been commenting on my hubs a long time. C'mon join and become junko partner.


    Ground-hog 4 years ago

    Well i think this story that you are talking about is very true an i agree. it time for someone to step up an take in charge an tell it like it is. we all don't stick together anymore. it like we done lost faith in ourself. Thi story is very inresting please don't stop writing Junko you are on top of our history as a black afican man. I am pround to have you represting me keep up the good work - Ground-Hog


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    Thanks you, Ground -hog Iam glad you feel that way about this post.


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    Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

    People who read the Bible as well as history books know that slavery existed with ALL races, ALL nationalities, in ALL countries since the beginning of time. All under-class, lower class, uneducated peoples were bought and sold over the centuries as laborers for the rich. The people who sold them were from their own countries. No one is to blame for slavery. Now if you really want to see who the oppressed were in the beginning of US history then read about our native Indians who were mass-murdered by Europeans and white settlers who came to our fine land prior to and after Columbus. Those natives who did survive were removed from their land that their ancestors lived on for centuries before we made of mess of what it is today. Talk to the descendants of those natives who live on reservations, or read their books. They are truly the oppressed people. They should be the ones screaming racism. Kathleen (writer of Florida history)


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    Yes slavery existed in the bible days and even today People were brough and sold then and now. Enslaved people in other lands and time were enslaved after being conquered, they were allow to live, worship, marry, and live together as a family. Their history and culture was not breeded out and their spirit were not broken by the dehumanization as was practice in American slavery for over 400 years, followed by 200 years of racism. American slavery was unque to mankind, millions of African were packed like sardines, brough to the Americas, not as many Native Americans suffered and died as African Americans. Thanks again for your comment


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    Thanks for the encouraging words, blenus. Iam glad you found this unique.


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    junko 3 years ago Author

    Mike, Thank you again for reading and commenting about my writings. I missed this comment because I got two sets of comments on this hub. It didn't show up on my notifications, because it was posted in the first, not last set of comments


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    S Leretseh 3 years ago

    blacks carry a chip on their shoulders about slavery=JUNKO

    You, Junko, were NOT a slave. I give this hub's content a D-

    You do have some writing skills...but you don't persuade.


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    S Leretseh 2 years ago

    After the Civil War "Racism replaces slavery"

    Typical black re-creationsim of American history i.e. guilt-tripping.

    After the Civil War and the COMPLETE emancipation of the Negro race, White people expected the black males to become leaders and providers FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE. This expectation from white people was grounded in human history - a distinct people must become a self-reliant people. The construct of human history DEMANDS this.

    White people did everything they could to encourage self-reliance on the part of the American black man. Blacks were free to - and expected to - build their own towns, cities, industries, tax bases, educate their own children, create their own political environments & status environments. Or, if they felt they were oppressed, colonize a place in America (like the Mormons did).

    No people had ever in human history allowed another distinct people into THEIR status environments. White people protecting THEIR status environments from another people was not only completely normal behavior, it was entirely expected. In other words, prior to forced integration (euphemistically referred to as civil rights)...blacks were NOT wronged in any way by white Christian males who insisted on a color line. Blacks invented his "great wrong" after they received - from white Christian males- their compulsory integration.

    Over time we've learned that black males are non-occupational ranking males. Males create social stratification systems (societies) and historically these status environments hv been based on race , language and religion. Occupational ranking male status environments generate wealth, which generates occupations and a tax base. As we can all plainly see since the dawn of industrialization (circa 1900), black males failed to create industries and, therefore, no tax bases in America. Consequently, virtually no jobs emanated from this male group. In order to get jobs they needed to encroach on the status environments of the occupational ranking male group (white Christian males). INCREDIBLY (!) white Christian males gifted the black man integration rights into HIS status environments with LBJ's integration rights laws --AKA civil rights.

    African Americans are the only people in human history to NEVER have achieved a state of self-reliance. Unfortunately, very, very few blacks have any problem whatsoever with this fact. If Booker T. Washington were alive today he would hang his head in Shame at what blacks did to get their integration - just slavery of another sort.


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    junko 2 years ago Author

    S Leretseh, Now this is the most ignorant comment i've ever recieved on hubpages. What you wrote express the same ignorance Sterling and Bundy expressed this week. They are rich enough to be ignorant and successful as Capitalists. Your ignorance is worthless to you and I and anybody that hear or read your words. You have no knowledge of American History. I won't respond to the nonsense you wrote because your ignorance is too painful.


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    junko 2 years ago Author

    "Typical black re-creationsim of American history i.e. guilt-tripping"

    S Leretseh, Your comments is more ignorant under the light of day than they appeared last night when I first read your ignorance. You should read American History and study the relationship of White Christian Males and all other Males of color and Women in America History.


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    S Leretseh 2 years ago

    I have a VERY extensive & comprehensive understanding of American history and human history. My blogs on Hub pages and google and Wordpress pretty thoroughly explain my ideology i.e. blacks were NOT victims of racism by any measurable number of white people prior to forced integration (1964). A color line WAS NOT RACISM!

    From 1965 to 1964, White people's efforts were to try to make blacks a self-reliant people. That is, have blacks -- a distinct people -- provide for themselves within the structure and confines of their own male group. Yes, the effort failed. Nevertheless, this effort was consistent with American history & human history. What white people actually practiced was Historical Group Recognition (HGR). Nothing inherently wrong here. HGR is non-pejorative discrimination --e.g. 'white only' swimming pool, 'white only' restroom, etc.. Blacks also practiced HGR prior to 1964 --e.g 1) all Negro- owned business typically only employed Blacks; 2) Negro baseball only employed Blacks; 3) Pullman Porters (96% Black); 4) Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (1925 to 1964), all Black leadership. HGR BUILT AMERICA. In 1964, at the insistence of the democratic party, HGR was made illegal - and blacks got their integration PRIVILEGE. And WOW!!!! What a PRIVILEGE it is!

    American White Christian males are the only people in human history to allow - to surrender - THEIR status environments (political & economic arenas) to another "distinct" people. White people prior to 1964 were breaking NO LAWS by maintaining a color line. Black man's non-occupational ranking nature drove him to the white communities.

    BTW junko, how do you feel about 'Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths' ? just curious.


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    junko 2 years ago Author

    S Leretseh, your idealogy may be thoroughly explained in your blogs, hubs, wordpress, etc , and you may be proud of yourself but, all that adds up to is your opinion.

    Its your opinion that maintaining a color line isn't racism. That opinion lack consideration of cause and affect of maintaining a color line has on those on the wrong side of the track. "...Blacks were not victims of racism by any measurable number of White People prior to force intergration (1964)" You ovious didn't read what you disagreed with in my hub, I also wrote that racism replaced slavery but In my opinion racism didn't start in 1964. In my opinion American Slavery was rooted in racism with Slavery on one side of the color line and Indentured Servant on the other side of the color line.

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