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slavery is not dead ...its just been re-packaged ...as an american dream .......



Slavery is not  dead ......its just been re-packaged ........

Slavery .........is not just a boatload of  ivory coast.......... people being bought and  sold .....no sir!!!!!!

Slavery is more alive today ........than it has  been at any other  time !!!!!!.......

It has been simply re-packaged........ and its not  an African American thing anymore .......its has  all races and cultures  in its evil grip ......

In  case your head is up your  ass!!!!!!!! .........illegal slavery is a multi billion dollar industry worldwide .......and a lot goes in in America ......no !!!!you say .....not  here ..!!!!!!

Well.......... there is  as  much slavery in  white colonized  Americans as there  are immigrants ..........

Slavery like most things....... can be  grouped  by perception .......like a  lot of things in life .......

for  example.......a girl fucking for $150  an hour........ is a  hooker........  by  a  lot of  peoples  perception ..........or a girl ......... pole dancing........  and making thousands  a  week .........or the flip side .......of a girl working for  a boss ......... who  is paying her  to  do all his  dirty  work ........so who is  selling their  soul........

Or someone who is working for a corporation...... and  is enslaved brainwashed  into a  corporate mindset .......to do a  job for  as little as  15-20 bucks and hour........

The days of slavery auctions have  sailed ....... way ........way ...yes we have to thank William Wilberforce.......but slavery is rampant......look at fast food corps .............just skimming the  surface  here 

In America  .........all the menial jobs ....... for example cleaning tables in restaurants .......concrete pouring .......roofing .......landscaping .......house cleaning ......so on and so forth ......a job that white Americans  would not  do  ....its  above them .......

I am not  disrespecting the American mentality ......i am merely pointing the  facts ..........i done a brief stint in the Hampton's .....new york ......and  as anyone  knows ......the Hampton's  is  a  prestigious  wealthy ......high end ....... rich  place riddled  with money .....lots of money.....

 My point is  .....when i was  there ........ all the people  that cleaned ......... and  mopped ....... were   either  Guatemalan or  Mexican .......they  even had a park  where they hung out...... and  got  picked up ......and it was  known .....

Americans  don't  wanna  clean shitters........ or  tables .......they are  indoctrinated  to do  jobs  that  is  level with their  mindset and  culture ........,.....

if you took all the  Mexicans ....and  Guatemalans  and  islanders  and Filipinos  and  deported  them .....America  would  simply implode ......financially .......its known............ its  needed   there are no  fucking fairy tales !!!!!!!!!!.......

The American dream .........used to be  a widespread  ideology........ now its  disappearing....... and being replaced  by slavery  of  a financial platform .......

if i am  wrong ......then why is the  average American......... one paycheck away from  bankruptcy ......and  one out of  two  not  even have  1000 dollars .....in cash liquid ......and so many student loans 

And 1 out of 3 children go to school hungry ........this is 2017 and  America  has  homelessness and hunger.........and poverty .......

Go to any fast food  restaurant....... and  see how many white Americans  are working in there.........  or wal -mart .......its full of  broke  single  struggling mums ........

there is no end to it ......... as long as  white  CEO's are looking for  a better  deal.......... there will always be  an immigrant willing to  work for  less..........  than a white  American .......not  a  poke at American culture  ....its the plain fucking truth .......

Sure .........there is no  large boats embarking onto docks ........and  harbours  with Africans all  singing ........cumbaya mah lod.............!!!!!cumbaya!!!!!...

No slavery is just  been  re-invented  that's  all.......with car loans ....credit  cards ....mortgages ......

And the  chains that's bind you........ is a  job .........you only have to go to a party in America  and  at least a  few  are   acting like  rock stars .......... but have no pot  to urinate.in........for  real!!!!!!....i have been to many .........many......... many parties  ....

and  someone  has kindly whispered in my shells (ears!!!!)...........these  people  are  fucked .....they are in foreclosure .......and you would never  ever  guess  by looking at them.....its the  American way ......

in Scotland.........  we  refer to this term as.............all fuck coat and no knickers !!!!!!.....

i have been to party in million dollar home.....in  parkland's  Florida.....a good friend of mine ........ only to be informed  by the owner  ...........that it was in foreclosure ......only a month or two.......  from being kicked out ......

And ultimately it happened ...they did lose their house .......but the party  was  amazing ........and it did not appear like it  they were in trouble .......you see image ...!!!!!!its everything in America ......

Student loans......... if they are not financial shackles..........  then i am a monkeys uncle.............and they have to be paid ..........and people who study...... and struggle are   for years ......only to  be rewarded  with  a job....... and  student loan repayments......... after  they start  working ......if that's not slavery then you tell me!!!!!!!!!!!

the only difference  between a slave of the past.......... and a  slave of the present is chains .....these chains  were  metal........ and  heavy .....now they have  been replaced  by hi tech  financial  handcuffs.......... and chains ......

Oh!!!!!!! sure you are  free to go where ever you want........... do whatever you want........ be  whatever you  want.......but miss the payments ........or  the percentage or the credit  card bill ......and you have lost it all ........

SLAVERY IN AMERICA: WHY MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS PERSIST

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read theoriginal article.
People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t.
Slavery has been in the news a lot lately. From the discovery of the auction of 272 enslaved people that enabled Georgetown University to remain in operation to the McGraw-Hill textbook controversy over calling slaves “workers from Africa” and the slavery memorial being built at the University of Virginia, Americans are having conversations about this difficult period in American history. Some of these dialogues have been wrought with controversy and conflict, like the University of Tennessee student who challenged her professor’s understanding of enslaved families.
As a scholar of slavery at the University of Texas at Austin, I welcome the public debates and connections the American people are making with history. However, there are still many misconceptions about slavery, as evidenced by the conflict at the University of Tennessee.
I’ve spent my career dispelling myths about “the peculiar institution.” The goal in my courses is not to victimize one group and celebrate another. Instead, we trace the history of slavery in all its forms to make sense of the origins of wealth inequality and the roots of discrimination today. The history of slavery provides vital context to contemporary conversations and counters the distorted facts, internet hoaxes and poor scholarship I caution my students against.

Four myths about slavery

Myth One: The majority of African captives came to what became the United States.
Truth: Only a little more than 300,000 captives, or 4-6 percent, came to the United States. The majority of enslaved Africans went to Brazil, followed by the Caribbean. A significant number of enslaved Africans arrived in the American colonies by way of the Caribbean, where they were “seasoned” and mentored into slave life. They spent months or years recovering from the harsh realities of the Middle Passage. Once they were forcibly accustomed to slave labor, many were then brought to plantations on American soil.
Myth Two: Slavery lasted for 400 years.
Popular culture is rich with references to 400 years of oppression. There seems to be confusion between the Transatlantic Slave Trade (1440-1888) and the institution of slavery, confusion only reinforced by the Bible,Genesis 15:13:
Then the Lord said to him, "Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there."
Listen to Lupe Fiasco—just one hip-hop artist to refer to the 400 years—in his 2011 imagining of America without slavery, “All Black Everything”:
      [Hook]
      You would never know
      If you could ever be  
      If you never try
      You would never see
      Stayed in Africa
      We ain’t never leave
      So there were no slaves in our history
      Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he
      See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything
      [Verse 1]
      Uh, and we ain’t get exploited
      White man ain’t feared so he did not destroy it
      We ain’t work for free, see they had to employ it
      Built it up together so we equally appointed
      First 400 years, see we actually enjoyed it

Truth: Slavery was not unique to the United States; it is a part of almost every nation’s history, from Greek and Roman civilizations to contemporary forms of human trafficking. The American part of the story lasted fewer than 400 years.
How, then, do we calculate the timeline of slavery in America? Most historians use 1619 as a starting point: 20 Africans referred to as “servants” arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, on a Dutch ship. It’s important to note, however, that they were not the first Africans on American soil. Africans first arrived in America in the late 16th century not as slaves but as explorers, together with Spanish and Portuguese explorers.
One of the best known of these African “conquistadors” was Estevancio, who traveled throughout the southeast from present-day Florida to Texas. As for the institution of chattel slavery—the treatment of slaves as property—in the United States, if we use 1619 as the beginning and the 1865 13th Amendment as its end, then it lasted 246 years, not 400.
Myth Three: All Southerners owned slaves.
TruthRoughly 25 percent of all Southerners owned slaves. The fact that one-quarter of the Southern population were slaveholders is still shocking to many. This truth brings historical insight to modern conversations about inequality and reparations.
Take the case of Texas.
When it established statehood, the Lone Star State had a shorter period of Anglo-American chattel slavery than other southern states—only 1845 to 1865—because Spain and Mexico had occupied the region for almost one-half of the 19th century with policies that either abolished or limited slavery. Still, the number of people impacted by wealth and income inequality is staggering. By 1860, the Texas enslaved population was 182,566, but slaveholders represented 27 percent of the population, and controlled 68 percent of the government positions and 73 percent of the wealth. These are astonishing figures, but today’s income gap in Texas is arguably more stark, with 10 percent of tax filers taking home 50 percent of the income.
Myth Four: Slavery was a long time ago.
Truth: African-Americans have been free in this country for less time than they were enslaved. Do the math: Blacks have been free for 152 years, which means that most Americans are only two to three generations away from slavery. This is not that long ago.
Over this same period, however, former slaveholding families have built their legacies on the institution and generated wealth that African-Americans have not had access to because enslaved labor was forced. Segregation maintained wealth disparities, and overt and covert discrimination limited African-American recovery efforts.

The value of slaves

Economists and historians have examined detailed aspects of the enslaved experience for as long as slavery existed. My own work enters this conversation by looking at the value of individual slaves and the ways enslaved people responded to being treated as a commodity.
They were bought and sold just like we sell cars and cattle today. They were gifted, deeded and mortgaged the same way we sell houses today. They were itemized and insured the same way we manage our assets and protect our valuables.
Enslaved people were valued at every stage of their lives, from before birth until after death. Slaveholders examined women for their fertility and projected the value of their “future increase.” As the slaves grew up, enslavers assessed their value through a rating system that quantified their work. An “A1 Prime hand” represented one term used for a “first-rate” slave who could do the most work in a given day. Their values decreased on a quarter scale from three-fourths hands to one-fourth hands, to a rate of zero, which was typically reserved for elderly or differently abled bondpeople (another term for slaves).
For example, Guy and Andrew, two prime males sold at the largest auction in U.S. history in 1859, commanded different prices. Although similar in “all marketable points in size, age and skill,” Guy was $1,280, while Andrew sold for $1,040 because “he had lost his right eye.” A reporter from theNew-York Tribune noted “that the market value of the right eye in the Southern country is $240.” Enslaved bodies were reduced to monetary values assessed from year to year and sometimes from month to month for their entire life span and beyond. By today’s standards, Andrew and Guy would be worth about $33,000-$40,000.
Slavery was an extremely diverse economic institution, one that extracted unpaid labor out of people in a variety of settings—from small single-crop farms and plantations to urban universities. This diversity was also reflected in their prices. And enslaved people understood they were treated as commodities.
“I was sold away from Mammy at 3 years old,” recalled Harriett Hill of Georgia. “I remembers it! It lack selling a calf from the cow,” she shared in a 1930s interview with the Works Progress Administration. “We are human beings,” she told her interviewer. Those in bondage understood their status. Even though Harriet Hill was too little to remember her price when she was 3, she recalled being sold for $1,400 at age 9 or 10: “I never could forget it.”

Slavery in popular culture

Slavery is part and parcel of American popular culture, but for 40 years the television miniseries Roots was the primary visual representation of the institution, except for a handful of independent (and not widely known) films such as Haile Gerima’s Sankofa or the Brazilian Quilombo.
Today, from grassroots initiatives such as the interactive Slave Dwelling Project, where school-aged children spend the night in slave cabins, to comic skits on Saturday Night Live, slavery is front and center. In 2016 A&E and History released the reimagined miniseries Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which reflected four decades of new scholarship. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was a box office success in 2013; actress Azia Mira Dungey made headlines with the popular web series  “Ask a Slave”; and The Underground—a series about runaway slaves and abolitionists—was a hit for its network WGN America. With less than one year of operation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, which devotes several galleries to the history of slavery, has had more than one million visitors.
The elephant that sits at the center of our history is coming into focus. American slavery happened—we are still living with its consequences. I believe we are finally ready to face it, learn about it and acknowledge its significance to American history.
Daina Ramey Berry is associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at University of Texas at Austin
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