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Census records, genealogical research show forebears of Obama’s mother owned slaves
Baltimore Sun ^ | March 2, 2007 | David Nitkin and Harry Merritt

Posted on 02/17/2009 6:40:55 PM PST by DBCJR

Edited on 02/18/2009 3:54:17 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

A new twist to an intriguing family history - Census records, genealogical research show forebears of Obama's mother had slaves

Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Obama Jr's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. But, (quoting a Mar.2, 2007 report in the Baltimore Sun), "an intriguing sliver of his [Obama Jr.] family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records.

" . . . The records could add a new dimension to questions by some who have asked whether Obama - who was raised in East Asia and Hawaii and educated at Columbia and Harvard - is attuned to the struggles of American blacks descended from West African slaves." Obama Jr's African forebears were slave traders

In the 18th century, Muslim slavers moved into the interior of Kenya for the purpose of exploiting blood rivalries between local tribes. Muslims encouraged warring tribes, Obama Jr's Luo ancestors included, to capture "prisoners of war" and sell them into slavery.

Kenya tribe leaders, also exported slaves and ivory that had been exchanged by Africans from the interior for salt, cloth, beads, and metal goods. The slaves were then marched to the coast and shipped to Muslim Zanzibar (an island South of Kenya), to be traded again.

African slaves and ivory became hugely profitable and Zanzibar Muslims grew rich on the trade. Slave trading continued despite the public outrage in Europe demanding an end to all slave trade.

The British, eventually brought their forceful anti-slavery message directly to the Muslim Sultan.

After years of pressure, the Sultan finally relented and agreed to ban slavery in 1847. It was not until 1876, 11 years after the American Civil War had ended, that the sale of slaves was finally prohibited in Zanzibar.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africa; blackhistorymonth; godsgravesglyphs; hypocrisy; kenya; muslim; obama; obamafamily; slavery
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1 posted on 02/17/2009 6:40:55 PM PST by DBCJR
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Will Mr. O-Vomit be paying himself reparations?

2 posted on 02/17/2009 6:41:52 PM PST by VideoPaul
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So I guess from now on he’ll have a love/hate relationship with Lincoln?

3 posted on 02/17/2009 6:42:23 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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By the time he gets through “fixing” the economy and our society, we are all going to be slaves, except of course for the Overlords such as him, the non-taxpayers and the Bill Ayerses of the world.

4 posted on 02/17/2009 6:43:16 PM PST by La Lydia
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Will he have to pay reparations to Mickey.
5 posted on 02/17/2009 6:44:02 PM PST by svcw (This maybe my last transmission - God have mercy on us.)
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I see that the “Black History Month” orgy has once again forgotten to talk about the B-L-A-C-K mulsim slave traders who rounded up the negro people to be sold to us ‘whites,’ something that has been curiously omitted from any mention.

Now, let’s see . . . Obama the Most Magnificent hails his “black” roots as more significant that his “white” roots . . . hmmmmmmm!

6 posted on 02/17/2009 6:44:44 PM PST by laweeks
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To: Darkwolf377

Lincoln was NOT an abolitionist. Freeing the slaves was a desparate move during the war to raise Boston funding for the war and recruit freedmen for troops. The Union was in trouble and morale was down. Lincoln was forced to free the slaves. The war started over taxes on cotton exports.

7 posted on 02/17/2009 6:45:28 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves

I wonder how long it will take for them to figure out that his father's muslim ancestors sold those slaves.

8 posted on 02/17/2009 6:46:20 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: laweeks

His white slave buying roots

9 posted on 02/17/2009 6:46:21 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: La Lydia

By the time he gets through “fixing” the economy

You mean “rigging” the economy!

10 posted on 02/17/2009 6:47:58 PM PST by classified
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no the war started because South Carolina and some other states decided they didn’t like the results of an election and tried to secede.

Lincoln was absolutely an abolitionist, although he toned down his rhetoric and made concessions about it while politicking in order to show he wasn’t a “radical”, who would jeopardize the Union by doing something rash.

The South gave him the perfect opportunity to destroy slavery completely.

Lincoln’s main intention in 1860 was to stop the spread of slavery to the west and isolate the slave states, which was the strategy of most political abolitionists. In general, many abolitionists felt that progress all around the south would eventually force the end of slavery without firing a shot, although it would take a long time to do so.

Had the south not seceded, then they could have kept their slavery for a little while longer, until it became economically and politically impossible to support.

11 posted on 02/17/2009 6:54:38 PM PST by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: laweeks

Black History Month pertains to the history of black people in America. Black slave traders in Africa are not relevant.

12 posted on 02/17/2009 6:57:15 PM PST by Crystal Cove
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To: ChurtleDawg

The first shots were fired at Ft Sumter at ships leaving, loaded with cotton, without paying taxes. That started the war.

13 posted on 02/17/2009 6:57:43 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: VideoPaul

Monday, February 02, 2009
For three days in December 2007, Kenya slid into chaos as ballot counters steadily took what appeared to be a presidential election victory for the challenger and delivered it to the incumbent.

As tensions mounted, Kenneth Flottman sat in Nairobi and grew increasingly frustrated. He had in his hands the results of an exit poll, paid for by the United States government, that supported the initial returns favoring the challenger, Raila Odinga.

Mr. Flottman, East Africa director for the International Republican Institute, the pro-democracy group that administered the poll, said he had believed that the results would promptly be made public, as a check against election fraud by either side. But then his supervisors said the poll numbers would be kept secret. (snip)

An examination by The New York Times found that the official explanation for withholding the poll — that it was technically flawed — had been disputed by at least four people involved in the institute’s Kenya operations.

The examination, including interviews and a review of e-mail messages and internal memorandums, raises questions about the intentions and priorities of American observers as Kenyans desperately sought credible information about the vote.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

Raila Odinga is Obama’s Moslem/Communist cousin and the one who burned Christians alive in their churches. I wondered why the US government would bother with an exit poll.
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AND these graphic photos of Odinga’s rioting

Posted by Alan Peters at 11:39 PM

14 posted on 02/17/2009 7:01:53 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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Slavery in modern Africa

Slavery in Africa continues today. Slavery existed in Africa before the arrival of Europeans - as did a slave trade that exported millions of sub-Saharan Africans to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf.[1] However, slavery and bondage are still African realities. Hundreds of thousands of Africans still suffer in silence in slave-like situations of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves.

Modern-day enslavers also exploit lack of political will at the highest levels of some African governments to effectively tackle trafficking and its root causes. Weak interagency co-ordination and low funding levels for ministries tasked with prosecuting traffickers, preventing trafficking and protecting victims also enable traffickers to continue their operations. The transnational criminal nature of trafficking also overwhelms many countries’ law enforcement agencies, which are not equipped to fight organised criminal gangs that operate across national boundaries with impunity.

Slavery by African country

IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports children being sold to Arab herdsmen in Chad. As part of a new identity imposed on them the herdsman "...change their name, forbid them to speak in their native dialect, ban them from conversing with people from their own ethnic group and make them adopt Islam as their religion."[2]

The Malian government denies that slavery exists, however, the slavery in Timbuktu is obvious. Slavery still continues with some Tuaregs holding Bella people.[3]

A system exists now by which Arab Muslims -- the bidanes -- own black slaves, the haratines.[4] An estimated 90,000 black Mauritanians remain essentially enslaved to Arab/Berber owners.[5] The ruling bidanes (the name means literally white-skinned people) are descendants of the Sanhaja Berbers and Beni Hassan Arab tribes who emigrated to northwest Africa and present-day Western Sahara and Mauritania during the Middle Ages.[6] According to some estimates, up to 600,000 black Mauritanians, or 20% of the population, are still enslaved, many of them used as bonded labour.[7] Slavery in Mauritania was finally criminalized in August 2007.[8] Malouma Messoud, a former Muslim slave has explained her enslavement to a religious leader:

"We didn't learn this history in school; we simply grew up within this social hierarchy and lived it. Slaves believe that if they do not obey their masters, they will not go to paradise. They are raised in a social and religious system that everyday reinforces this idea.[9]"

In Mauritania, despite slave ownership having been banned by law in 1981, hereditary slavery continues.[10] Moreover, according to Amnesty International:

"Not only has the government denied the existence of slavery and failed to respond to cases brought to its attention, it has hampered the activities of organisations which are working on the issue, including by refusing to grant them official recognition".[11]

Imam El Hassan Ould Benyamin of Tayarat in 1997 expressed his views about earlier proclamations ending slavery in his country as follows:

"[it] is contrary to the teachings of the fundamental text of Islamic law, the Quran ... [and] amounts to the expropriation from muslims of their goods; goods that were acquired legally. The state, if it is Islamic, does not have the right to seize my house, my wife or my slave."[12]

In Niger, where the practice of slavery was outlawed in 2003, a study found that almost 8% of the population are still slaves.[13] Slavery dates back for centuries in Niger and was finally criminalised in 2003, after five years of lobbying by Anti-Slavery International and Nigerian human-rights group, Timidria.[14] More than 870,000 people still live in conditions of forced labour, according to Timidria, a local human rights group.[15][16]

Descent-based slavery, where generations of the same family are born into bondage, is traditionally practised by at least four of Niger’s eight ethnic groups. The slave masters are mostly from the nomadic tribes — the Tuareg, Fulani, Toubou and Arabs.[17] It is especially rife among the warlike Tuareg, in the wild deserts of north and west Niger, who roam near the borders with Mali and Algeria.[18] In the region of Say on the right bank of the river Niger, it is estimated that three-quarters of the population around 1904-1905 was composed of slaves.[19]

Historically, the Tuareg swelled the ranks of their slaves during war raids into other peoples’ lands. War was then the main source of supply of slaves, although many were bought at slave markets, run mostly by indigenous peoples.[20][21]

Francis Bok, former Sudanese slave. At the age of seven, he was captured during a raid in Southern Sudan, and enslaved for ten years.(Courtesy Unitarian Universalist Association/Jeanette Leardi)

There has been a recrudescence of jihad slavery since 1983 in the Sudan.[23][24]

Slavery in the Sudan predates Islam, but continued under Islamic rulers and has never completely died out in Sudan. In the Sudan, Christian and animist captives in the civil war are often enslaved, and female prisoners are often used sexually, with their Muslim captors claiming that Islamic law grants them permission.[25] According to CBS news, slaves have been sold for $50 apiece. [1] In 2001 CNN reported the Bush administration was under pressure from Congress, including conservative Christians concerned about religious oppression and slavery, to address issues involved in the Sudanese conflict.[26] CNN has also quoted the U.S. State Department's allegations: "The [Sudanese] government's support of slavery and its continued military action which has resulted in numerous deaths are due in part to the victims' religious beliefs." [2]

Jok Madut Jok, professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, states that the abduction of women and children of the south by north is slavery by any definition. The government of Sudan insists that the whole matter is no more than the traditional tribal feuding over resources.[27]

It is estimated that as many as 200,000 people had been taken into slavery during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The slaves are mostly Dinka people.[28][29]

Child slave trade
The trading of children has been reported in modern Nigeria and Benin.[30] The children are kidnapped or purchased for $20 - $70 each by slavers in poorer states, such as Benin and Togo, and sold into slavery in sex dens or as unpaid domestic servants for $350.00 each in wealthier oil-rich states, such as Nigeria and Gabon.[31] [32]

Ghana, Togo, Benin
In parts of Ghana, a family may be punished for an offense by having to turn over a virgin female to serve as a sex slave within the offended family.[33] In this instance, the woman does not gain the title of "wife". In parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, shrine slavery persists, despite being illegal in Ghana since 1998. In this system of slavery, sometimes called trokosi (in Ghana) or voodoosi in Togo and Benin, or ritual servitude, young virgin girls are given as slaves in traditional shrines and are used sexually by the priests in addition to providing free labor for the shrine.[34]

Mahider Bitew, Children's Rights and Protection expert at the Ministry of Women's Affairs, says that some isolated studies conducted in Dire Dawa, Shashemene, Awassa and three other towns of the country indicate that the problem of child trafficking is very serious. According to a 2003 study about one thousand children were trafficked via Dire Dawa to countries of the Middle East. The majority of those children were girls, most of whom were forced to be sex workers after leaving the country. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has identified prostitution as the Worst Form of Child Labor.[35]

In Ethiopia, children are trafficked into prostitution, to provide cheap or unpaid labor and to work as domestic servants or beggars. The ages of these children are usually between 10 and 18 and their trafficking is from the country to urban centers and from cities to the country. Boys are often expected to work in activities such as herding cattle in rural areas and in the weaving industry in Addis Ababa, and other major towns. Girls are expected to take responsibilities for domestic chores, childcare and looking after the sick and to work as prostitutes.[35]

15 posted on 02/17/2009 7:02:19 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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Does any of this really matter?

16 posted on 02/17/2009 7:18:15 PM PST by Old Sarge (Obama Dozed, People Froze)
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To: Hoodat; laweeks; DBCJR
About 1700 the population of what became the 13 United States of America was about 250,000 people.

By the time of the American Revolution there were just under 2.5 million.

However, Obama's white ancestry runs all the way back to the early 1600s (actually 1598 in Bar Harbor Maine), and there were at most a few hundred Europeans roaming around in that territory at that time.

I would suppose that by 1619 most of them owned one or more black slaves, that having become the fashionable thing to do hereabouts.

It's really, really difficult to have early American ancestry and not to have a slave-owner in the line, or, as it turns out, a slave as well. It's fairly easy to find an Indian or two, and this one Jewish woman the authorities didn't think was fit to be landed in Manhattan, so they ran her all the way up to Shodak Island. She's pretty much the mother of her country.

I'm not judging those people and I expect you people to not do so either!

17 posted on 02/17/2009 7:25:23 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ChurtleDawg

iirc, Lincoln had proposed reparations to slave holders for the loss of their workforce (the northern slaveholders received their reparations in the form of being able to sell their slaves to southern slaveholders some years prior to the Unjust War). imo, is a good resource for discovering more about slavery in north and south USA

18 posted on 02/17/2009 7:28:19 PM PST by blueplum
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Lincoln was NOT an abolitionist.

You people have free reign around here but that doesn't mean I have to listen to your apologist BS.

Go bother someone else with that noise, I've heard enough of it for years around here, and it's embarrassing.

19 posted on 02/17/2009 7:53:14 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: Darkwolf377

Well why don’t “you people” not listen then?

20 posted on 02/17/2009 8:06:14 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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