Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Truth About the African Slave Trade
A fascinating find from Sarah Maid of Albion, via Patriot Room:
Ignoring the Eastern connection
"I note that whilst President and Mrs Obama were visiting the West African country of Ghana they took time out to visit an old slave fort, from which around 35,000 African slaves were shipped to America in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Isn't it odd that, given Obama's Kenyan ancestry, and the number of times he has visited East Africa, he has never felt inclined to visit the vast caves where slaves were held in Uganda and Tanzania where far greater numbers of slaves, hundreds of thousands or possibly millions, were held before being shipped eastwards to Arabia and Asia.
Or he could even have visited the Mangapwani Slave Caves in Zanzibar ,where slaves were still being held well after the American civil war, after all it is apparently now a popular tourist attraction, and only a short flight from Mombasa.
Obama is the President of America, but he is also the son of an East African, so you might expect him to acknowledge the fact that far greater numbers of East Africans ended up as slaves than did West Africans. Of course most East African slaves, together with in excess of 90% of all African slaves, didn't end up in either Europe or America. The vast majority were taken to Arabia, by Arabs.
Acknowledging the Arab slave trade might not be politically correct, but given that Obama actually went so far as to write a book about his dear old Daddy, surely political correctness wouldn't stop him acknowledging such a significant part of Kenyan history, would it?
Oh wait a minute though, Daddy Obama wasn't entirely Kenyan was he? He was also part Arab, hence choice of Junior's middle name Hussein. Ah right!!! Now I see why mentioning the role Arab slavers played in Kenyan history could prove a tad embarrassing for Barry. Imagine if it turned out that he was descended from slave owners on both sides!"
Another interesting read about race in America.