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  1. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Dilbert Classics 4 days ago

    Let’s not try to whitewash American white peoples stain on history and humankind. There were not a million slaves owned by blacks.

    In 1830, the year most carefully studied by Carter G. Woodson, about 13.7 percent (319,599) of the black population was free. Of these, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves, out of a total of 2,009,043 slaves owned in the entire United States, so the numbers of slaves owned by black people over all was quite small by comparison with the number owned by white people. In his essay, " ‘The Known World’ of Free Black Slaveholders," Thomas J. Pressly, using Woodson’s statistics, calculated that 54 (or about 1 percent) of these black slave owners in 1830 owned between 20 and 84 slaves; 172 (about 4 percent) owned between 10 to 19 slaves; and 3,550 (about 94 percent) each owned between 1 and 9 slaves. Crucially, 42 percent owned just one slave.

    Pressly also shows that the percentage of free black slave owners as the total number of free black heads of families was quite high in several states, namely 43 percent in South Carolina, 40 percent in Louisiana, 26 percent in Mississippi, 25 percent in Alabama and 20 percent in Georgia. So why did these free black people own these slaves?

    It is reasonable to assume that the 42 percent of the free black slave owners who owned just one slave probably owned a family member to protect that person, as did many of the other black slave owners who owned only slightly larger numbers of slaves. As Woodson put it in 1924’s Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United States in 1830, “The census records show that the majority of the Negro owners of slaves were such from the point of view of philanthropy. In many instances the husband purchased the wife or vice versa … Slaves of Negroes were in some cases the children of a free father who had purchased his wife. If he did not thereafter emancipate the mother, as so many such husbands failed to do, his own children were born his slaves and were thus reported to the numerators.”

    Moreover, Woodson explains, “Benevolent Negroes often purchased slaves to make their lot easier by granting them their freedom for a nominal sum, or by permitting them to work it out on liberal terms.” In other words, these black slave-owners, the clear majority, cleverly used the system of slavery to protect their loved ones.

  2. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Jeff Stahler 11 days ago

    FOX started a relentless smear campaign already

  3. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 16 days ago

    welcome back, Charley. Hope you get to enjoy the fondue maker when you’re released

  4. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Dark Side of the Horse 20 days ago

    brilliant play with the media

  5. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Clay Bennett 24 days ago

    dumbass rednecks

  6. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Clay Bennett about 1 month ago

    No presdential race without a retarded Texas cowboy. Why do Americans think they make good political leaders?

  7. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy about 1 month ago

    knockers knockers

  8. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Arlo and Janis about 1 month ago

    I love your cats, Jimmy. You get their fluffiness just right

  9. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Truth Facts about 1 month ago

    looks like a fun evening

  10. donaldo GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy 2 months ago

    It finally happened, Fritzi’s head became wider than it’s tall.