“Slavery didn’t suddenly begin with Europeans carting Africans en masse to the Americas. Slavery has a long and evil history that has touched almost the entire planet at one point or another.
Depending on how one looks at it, the buying and selling of people hasn’t really ever stopped. It has, however, become more of a mental exercise than actual forced physical servitude.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that blacks living in America seem to still be the target. Too many blacks are now caught in a form of mental bondage.
There was slavery on the African continent long before the Atlantic slave trade. Earlier African slavery mimicked what happened among the Greeks and in the Roman Empire. People captured and sold off their enemies — be they from the next village, tribe or land. It was lucrative for tribal chieftains from both a financial and political standpoint.
In modern America, it can be argued there are people who consider themselves leaders in the black community who are effectively “selling off” millions of their brothers and sisters into economic, spiritual and mental slavery.
And, like the slavery of old, it is all for the benefit of the elites.
For example, many black leaders choose to support the increased influence of organized labor, oppose school choice and demand minimum wage hikes, socialized medicine and amnesty for illegal immigrants. All of these things can lead to a disadvantage in the workforce for black Americans and to high black unemployment.
Furthermore, the promotion and defense of abortion-on-demand that has taken the lives of an estimated 16 million unborn black babies over the past 40 years is one of the most insidious instances of manipulation of fellow blacks for political gain.
For example, the NAACP called the “right to life” the greatest civil right when defining it to fit the death of Trayvon Martin. But, when it comes to the civil rights of the unborn, a lawsuit was filed earlier this year in Arizona by a chapter of the NAACP to overturn a law banning abortions performed to stop the birth of a child due to its race.
So, by their logic, stopping an abortion to be performed because the baby is of mixed race or because it is black is racist? It’s illogical, but it’s what this NAACP chapter is essentially arguing.
Despite black parents clamoring for spots at charter schools or supporting school choice initiatives that can get their kids out of failing schools and into ones that will meet their children’s needs, black leaders such as Jesse Jackson stand with the teacher unions in opposing reform — even though Jackson exercised his freedom of choice by using his own wealth to send his children to private schools.
Yet, by giving a speech, appearing on MSNBC or sending an “action alert” e-mail, black leaders can shape the opinions of their followers. To me, it’s a “selling off” of black support.
And I consider it much more sinister than the accusation of “selling out.”
Just who are these modern-day “traders” in black power?
Al Sharpton is one. He doesn’t just appear on MSNBC; he has his own show! Jesse Jackson is another. He once was pro-life, but changed his views when he thought he could run for president. The NAACP.
The National Urban League. The Congressional Black Caucus. All are tenacious supporters of the social and economic policies that have devastated families and whole communities, and caused unfathomable depression, decay and death.
Parents are supposed to teach their children to pick their friends carefully.
Obviously, it’s a lesson that must be learned again by many Black Americans. We’ve not only made friends with the wrong people, but too many of us have given them significant control of our lives. And that’s hurting us!
That is, unless one wants to essentially be sold off as a slave in this day and age.
Editor’s Note: This is a New Visions Op Ed, Published by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. New Visions Commentaries reflect the views of their author, Stacy Swimp, and not necessarily those of Project 21, other Project 21 members, or the National Center for Public Policy Research, its board or staff.