For a long time now, we’ve all been led to believe that it was white man who first brought slavery to America. This is especially what they want you to believe now. Those on the left want those who are white in this country to not only believe the lie about slavery, but they expect you and your children to hate yourself because you are born evil because of the color of your skin, white. As white people, we are now expected to bow down to the rising communist master because we are inherently evil because of the sins of our forefathers. The problem here is that it’s all based on a lie, always has been. Here’s the historical truth of how slavery first started here in America.
The First Black Slave and Slave Owner in America
His name was Anthony Johnson and lived from 1600 to 1670. He was an Angolan who achieved his freedom in the early 17th century in the colony of Virginia.
Johnson was originally captured by an enemy tribe in Angola and was then sold to Muslim slave traders. He then was sold as an indentured servant, which is not a slave, to a merchant who worked for the Virginia Company.
Originally his name was Antonio and he was an indentured servant with his wife Mary. A short time after 1635, he and Mary had paid off their indentured status and were freed from their obligations. This is when he changed his name to Anthony Johnson.
In 1651, he had saved up enough money to purchase his own farm of 250 acres and he needed help to manage the farm so he bought four white and one Black indentured servants to help run his farm. The Black indentured servant named John Casor demanded that Anthony release him of his indentured status because he had served well past his seven years that was agreed upon. The reply from Johnson was that he didn’t know of any indenture and that he was to serve him for life.
However, Johnson’s neighbors, the Parkers testified to Johnson that they themselves knew that Casor was an indentured servant and was not a slave and that he should be released and that as it generally was done, be given his freedom as well as some of the farmland that belonged to Johnson. In other words, Johnson was being pressured by the servant and neighbors to treat his servant the same way that he was treated when he himself was an indentured servant. The Parkers threatened to take some of his cattle if he didn’t give the man his earned freedom. At that point Johnson gave in and allowed Casor to be set free and take a small portion of the land on which he had farmed for seven years.
After Johnson gave Casor his freedom he began to question whether or not he had done the right thing and believed that Casor was a slave and not an indentured servant and then he sued the Parkers and Casor claiming that his slave and property had been stolen from him.
A judge ruled in the favor of Anthony Johnson and in 1655 the courts ordered that Casor be returned to Johnson to live as a slave of Johnson’s for life.
John Casor became the first person of African descent in Britain’s Thirteen Colonies to become a slave for life. And who was Anthony Johnson? Well, he wasn’t white, he was a Black man himself! You read that right, the first slave owner in America was a Black man! Below is the actual court statement on their ruling:
“This daye Anthony Johnson negro made his complaint to the court against mr. Robert Parker and declared that hee deteyneth his servant John Casor negro under the pretence that said negro was a free man. The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.”
It is believed that Anthony Johnson may have also kept his four white indentured servants as slaves as well!
It’s also important to note that there are no earlier records in America, Virginia especially, of slavery in court records except for when used as a punishment for certain crimes. Otherwise there was no slavery being instituted by white colonists! In fact the original pilgrims executed people found guilty of slavery!
More Whites in History Have Been Slaves
Another historical truth that the communists in this country don’t want you to know is that there were more white Christians forced into slavery by Muslims from 1530 to 1780 in North Africa than Blacks being taken from Africa and taken to America. And those Blacks that were taken were either sold by Muslims or sold by their own people to slave traders! Not by white men!
It’s estimated that 1 to 1.5 million white Christians were sold into slavery in North Africa between the 1500’s and 1700’s!
England alone, lost 400 sailors a year to Muslim slave traders and during this time many white people, men, women, and children were being kidnapped and forced into slavery all along the Mediterranean by Muslim slave traders during this time period!
So, Who Owned Slaves?
The communist left would have us believe that it was the white man who held the majority of slaves in America, again that is misinformation, the facts are this: Only 1.4% white Americans owned Black slaves. And this was during the height of slavery in this country. So, if white people didn’t own most of the slaves in America, who did? Well, Native Americans, that’s who. Here are the five main tribes that held more Blacks in slavery than the “horrible white man”:
- Chicksaw – It is no surprise that the Native Americans knew the land well. Their knowledge became a lucrative business, especially for the Chickasaws who had keen navigation skills. They were hired by white slaveholders to traverse the terrain to capture Blacks who had escaped slavery.The Chickasaw also held enslaved Africans of their own, and the system they established closely approximated that of white slaveholders on cotton plantations.
- Choctaw – The Choctaw, who sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War, held Blacks as captives from warfare. When they adopted elements of European culture, such as large farms and plantations, they also incorporated the system of chattel slavery of people of African descent. Slavery was abolished by the Choctaw Nation in 1865. Per a treaty signed with the U.S. in that same year, the Choctaw were required to admit freedmen – Blacks newly emancipated from slavery – into their tribe.
- Cherokee – Cherokee is the largest native ethnic nation in the United States. They also held more Black slaves than any other Native American community. By 1860, the Cherokee had 4,600 slaves. Those Black people held captive revolted against the Cherokee in 1842.
- Creek – The Creek also adopted the enslavement of Black people. Most of the enslaved Africans were owned by wealthy and prominent men, many of whom wielded considerable political power. Black people were forced to worked primarily as agricultural laborers, cultivating cotton for their masters’ profit and food for consumption.
- Seminole – The Seminole held some Black people as slaves; however, a unique relation evolved between them and enslaved Africans who had fled to Florida to escape slavery on white plantations. Many Black people found a comparable form of freedom among the Seminoles and they were allowed a form of sanctuary in exchange for paying an annual tribute of livestock, crops, and military assistance. In general, the Blacks never wholly adopted Seminole culture and beliefs, nor were they accepted into Seminole society because they were not considered Native American. They typically lived in their own independent communities, elected their own leadership, and could amass wealth in cattle and crops. Black Seminoles were also able to bear arms for self-defense.
Another fact that the far left refuse to admit is true, is this; free Blacks owned Black slaves. That’s right Blacks were just as guilty as “evil whitey” when it came to slavery! Blacks owning Blacks is a significant part of Black history that has been and continues to be a neglected topic. Even when it’s recognized they like to gloss over it and claim they did so only for humanitarian reasons, for “good” reasons, which justified the “technical” slave status of whomever had been purchased. But the truth is that Blacks used slavery to apply pressure or punishment on others. For example:
“Some of these husbands were not anxious to liberate their wives immediately. They considered it advisable to put them on probation for a few years, and if they did not find them satisfactory they would sell their wives as other slaveholders disposed of Negroes. For example, a Negro shoemaker in Charleston, South Carolina, purchased his wife for $700; but, on finding her hard to please, he sold her a few months thereafter for $750, gaining $50 by the transaction.”
In 1788 There Were Less Than 50,000 Slaves
During the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, in 1788, there were less than 50,000 slaves in America, most of which were NOT Black, but were whites. This information has been verified by forensic evidence found in archeological digs and historical documents. The white slaves were not indentured servants, they were literal slaves and they began arriving in America in 1618 (This shoots a huge hole in the 1619 Project that proclaims the year 1619 was when the first Black slaves arrived in America). NOT Blacks, but whites, were the first slaves brought to this country! This included hundreds of children – – “waifs and strays” – – who had been rounded up from streets of London to serve wealthy farmers in Virginia.
The other white slaves were those whom King James I believed were the cause of spreading the plague and white prisoners from their overcrowded prisons in England! That’s right, whites, NOT Blacks were shipped here even before John Casor, who was the first Black slave in the 1650’s!
At least 70,000 white men, women, and children from England and Ireland were shipped to the colonies to be sold as slaves on the auction block during the 170 years of British rule.
Ships carrying white slaves to America often lost half their slaves to death. According to historian Sharon V. Salinger of the University of California, Riverside, “Scattered data reveal that the mortality for [white] servants at certain times equaled that for [black] slaves in the ‘middle passage,’ and during other periods actually exceeded the death rate for [Black] slaves.”
History has tried to portray “white slavery” more as indentured servants, even though there were indentured servants, most of these people were slaves for life, no different than how Blacks would eventually be treated. But they represented only a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of whites who remained slaves for life. Such slavery was hereditary: children of the white slaves also became chattel without hope of freedom. No different than Black slaves.
Throughout the colonial period, white slaves remained the main labor force on the Virginia and Maryland plantations, outnumbering Africans by as many as four to one. These white slaves remained slaves right along with Black slaves until the Emancipation Proclamation!
So, Where’s the Outrage?
Since we now know that whites along with Blacks were slaves and white Christians have been slaves for centuries beyond Blacks, where’s the outrage over this? Why is it that only white men are being held responsible for something that happened centuries before them? Why aren’t these far left radicals also not calling out Native Americans who had more slaves than all of Southern slave owners combined? Why are they not being asked to feel guilty for what their ancestors did? Why are they not being asked for reparations? These are all questions that need to be answered, but sadly, never will be!
As you can see, slavery was NOT just whites against blacks as they continue to try and force this lie down our throats. No, slavery is NOT a white man only sin, it’s a sin of humanity because ALL races have been guilty of it.
“Silence in the face of evil IS evil. Not to speak IS to speak, and not standing IS standing, and God will NOT hold us blameless!”