Slavery Pros And Cons

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African-Americans are consistently at the bottom of the economic, educational and employment scales, and there are one of two explanations for that. Either they are genetically predisposed to be in last place, or yesterday’s slavery is the cause of today’s shortcomings. The first explanation is unfounded racist bullshit, so let’s look at the second. Slavery existed in America and its preceding colonies from 1619 to 1865, beginning with the bondage of 20 “negars” in Jamestown, Virginia and lasting until the adoption of the 13th Amendment. That’s 246 years. But when the period of legalized slavery is combined with the de jure and de facto oppression of the post-slavery Black Codes, the exploitative sharecropping, the brutal peonage, and the widespread
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