The ludicrousness of the entire idea being some kind of deep revelation of a hidden secret is reflective of the Left being akin to a more or less brainwashed cult, leading Allen C Guelzo to state that The 1619 Project is not history; it is conspiracy theory….
Beyond that, what is galling is how all other nations, nationalities, and races are left out of the guilt trip and of the equation itself.
As it happens, it was by a fluke that this ship of slaves landed in the future United States in 1619. That single vessel, the San Juan Bautista (no, not really an Anglo-Saxon or Protestant name), was but a tiny part of a Portuguese fleet of 36+ (!) ships filled with thousands upon thousands of Ndongo slaves headed for Latin America, which was seized by pirates. …
The obvious question is, if the United States is to be castigated for this type of sins, why on Earth is it the only, or the main, nation to be so described (and demonized)? How about the Spanish, Portuguese, and British kingdoms? How about the Kongo, Dahomey, Yoruba, Benin, Imbangala, and Asante empires? How about the Arabs? And the Muslims? … How do they fit in? …
As it turns out, therefore, the only true descriptive of the situation is that The United States Was a Footnote in Slavery’s History.
So remember: what they hate is not slavery; what they hate is America.
Relatively speaking, the United States was a minor player in the African Slave Trade — only about 5% of the Africans imported to the New World came to the United States.
Of the 10.7 million Africans who survived the ocean voyage, a mere 388,000 were shipped directly to North America. The largest recipients of imported African slaves were Brazil, Cuba. Jamaica, and the other Caribbean colonies. The lifespan of those brought into what is now the United States vastly exceeded those of the other 95%, and the United States was the only purchaser of African slaves where the population grew naturally in slavery — the death rate among the rest was higher than the birth rate.