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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Slavery based on race alone was an early modern legal invention, aimed against blacks.

When you get down to brass tacks, slavery is the result of which can best perform -- albeit involuntarily -- the labor that is required. And most of that required work is plain old pick-and-shovel labor.

A quick example: In the early years,the Spaniards, in the new world (South America) discovered silver, and, to a less extent cane sugar. They did not want to work these themselves. The aborigines were to a point fair-to-poor slaves, generally lacking the stamina needed/demanded by the Spaniards. Hence the importation of negros, who were far more able to carry out the work required.

IOW, blacks became slaves -- the preferred slave stock --in the New World simply b/c they filled the need. It wasn't any "racist invention".

41 posted on 02/24/2009 8:18:55 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame

Actually, Blacks themselves didn’t make for good slaves, but rather, Western Africans made for great slaves. Western Africans tend to be stockier, larger, and stronger than Eastern Africans, much like how Germans tend to be larger than Frenchman but are both still white. Case in point, Barry’s daddy’s VERY slim and slight, but Hakeem Olajuwon is huge.


53 posted on 02/24/2009 10:38:58 PM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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Did the Catholic church or any Protestant sects speak out against New World slavery during the 16th or 17th centuries?
56 posted on 02/24/2009 11:27:35 PM PST by Ken H
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