400 years of slavery and counting…
So much of the Black experience in the Americas goes untold and when told, unheard. Our plight as a people is reduced in conventional US History to a pair of unfortunate events: chattel slavery & Jim Crow. Well, the rabbit hole is way longer, much deeper & far more twisted than that.
Even this chart I created couldn’t do it justice & even if I could, it would still need to be multiplied by the histories of at least 80 other nations occupied and colonized by European powers.
When slavery is mentioned, remember S L A V E R Y is a loaded term to describe the systematic destruction of families, rape of men, women & children, mutilation, humiliation, overwork, under clothed, malnourished, degradation of 3-4 generation of at least 4 million people for profit.
All of which was justified by quack pseudoscience & mollified by twisted Christian doctrine. Some have the gall to say the Civil War was fought to end slavery, but fail to explain why then did so many good white boys die to free black souls only to enslave them again with Black Codes, convict leasing and the #yrannical Theocracy of JimCrow.
The atrocities against freedmen continued with rampant lynching – mob justice. The Lilywhite Movement made sure to thoroughly undo any strides made during Reconstruction.
In the liberal, progressive North, black people were marginalized & cheated out of wealth by redlining, preyed upon by predatory lending. They were refused access to benefits of Roosevelt’s New Deal only to be lured & ravaged by promises of free healthcare in disguise – 30 years of the Tuskegee Experiment, poisoning men, women and children with syphilis, then, refusing treatment.
Later, heroin was pumped into impoverished black communities to fund organized crime. The government created a war on free lunches for hungry black children. The US, fresh off of assassinating nearly every one the brightest Black minds on the planet, let foreigners to peddled the potent of drugs in our neighborhoods to fund more wars. Then called it an epidemic, when it was mass murder, chased with mandatory minimums & mass incarceration.