White Slavery Denial

White Slavery Denial, by Jim Goad.

The currently approved conceptual framework for American race relations dictates that whites — all of them, simply by dint of being white — are oppressors. Any deviation from this rigid script, no matter how deeply rooted in fact, must be immediately annihilated like a blood-engorged tick.

We are taught that black academic and financial underperformance — as well as black over-performance in crime — are the direct result of slavery’s horrid legacy. There are to be no other possible explanations.

There are no other politically correct explanations, that is. Reality be damned and ignored. In particular:

  • Even at the peak of American slavery, only a tiny percentage of American whites—about 1.5%—owned slaves.
  • Leading up to the Civil War, a vastly higher quotient of whites had worked as indentured servants and convict laborers than had ever owned slaves…. The fact that the vast majority of whites existed in a state closer to slavery than to slave ownership is something resolutely ignored in the modern retelling of history.
  • The middle-passage death rates for these “servants” were comparable to that of blacks on slave ships from Africa to the New World.
  • Indentured servants were whipped and beaten, sometimes to death. When they escaped, ads were placed for their capture.
  • They lived under conditions so brutal that an estimated half of them died before their seven-year term of indenture expired.

Jim Goad has mentioned these in his book, The Redneck Manifesto.

I often get accused of trying to “justify” slavery or of trying to argue that two wrongs make a right. When I counter that I’m arguing that two wrongs make two wrongs—and that I wonder why the sole focus is on one wrong rather than all of them — I am accused of being a racist liar.

Most frustratingly, I’m falsely accused of saying that white slaves had it worse than black slaves. No, … But rather than even attempting to dispute any of this, critics merely call me a white supremacist and think they’ve won. That’s truly how stupid they are. Or dishonest. Or stupidly dishonest and dishonestly stupid. …

I understand his frustration, experiencing similar in the global warming non-debate. Here too, the real criminals doing the real damage are the loud pc myth makers:

But to white slavery deniers such as Liam Hogan and the SPLC, to even dare drawing analogies between black slavery and white indentured servitude is to peddle “false equivalencies” — possibly because to do so renders the idea of universal white guilt as undeniably false. So it’s not a case of me denying guilt — it’s a case of others falsely imputing it.

It seems that a powerful lobby has decided that black folk have a proprietary relationship with the word slave. “You blacks are the slave race,” they are told by their liberal white alleged “allies.” If this designation is false, however, then it constitutes an act of psychological crippling. The history of the white race is in many respects synonymous with the long history of enslavement, and if blacks have a copyright on the word “slave,” someone should tell that to the Slavic people, who for generations were targets of Viking slave raids and from whom the word “slave” is derived. …

Virtue signalling has a long pedigree:

In my book I give examples of white British aristocrats speeding in their carriages to abolitionist meetings where the plight of blacks in America was decried, heedless of white children by the side of the road who had finished toiling 16 hours, half-naked in a mine; or having their arms and legs mutilated in the factory machinery of the early Industrial Revolution whose owners, such as Josiah Wedgewood, and the famous poet and mine owner Lord Byron, considered poor British whites entirely expendable.