If our only reference to American history and our modern society was provided by our friends on the left, one might think that the abomination of slavery that plagued this country until 1863 was uniquely American. We might even assume that the racial injustices which persisted in the U.S. for another century after the Civil War, until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, were also singular to our great country. But such assumptions would be wildly incorrect.
As Great Britain’s Prince William and Princess Kate continue with preparations to travel across the pond for a visit to three countries known as “Commonwealth Realms,” they’ve just encountered a bump in the road. Their plan to visit Belize, the Bahamas, and Jamaica is not being received as they had hoped by some of their royal subjects.
It turns out that several leaders in Jamaica would prefer that Will and Kate stay put in merry old England until their government coughs up over seven billion pounds in slavery reparations to make up for the United Kingdom’s own sin of slavery.
As it turns out, contrary to what race-baiters in America would have us believe, prior to the mid-eighteenth century, the institution of slavery was not limited to America. In fact, slavery had been widespread around the world throughout human history, including on the continent of Africa, where black slave owners held black slaves.
Proponents of Critical Race Theory promote the idea that America was founded on slavery, which is a lie. They assert that the formation of our republic, including our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, were established to simply preserve slavery in these states, which is also a lie.
While it’s true that prior to the Civil War, slavery in the United States was big business in the southern states, the institution itself was on thin ice. Dating back to the Constitution itself, opposition to slavery had a strong foothold in the “free states,’ which were states in which slavery was outlawed, and that opposition was mounting. It took a war to free the slaves, but they were certainly freed.
In countries like the United Kingdom, which didn’t have a thriving cotton industry and therefore had a lesser economic need for slavery, their experiences with slavery ended only a few years before our own. In the UK, for instance, the Slavery Abolition Act freed their slaves in 1834, and for France, slavery didn’t end until the Proclamation of the Abolition of Slavery in the French Colonies fourteen years later in 1848.
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The fact is, just about every country on earth has had slavery at one point or another during their histories, including the left’s most beloved countries such as Denmark and Sweden. Slavery was indeed evil, and the world is a much better place without it. But let’s not pretend that it was limited to America, the greatest country on God’s green earth.
Finally, consider what other countries have done as much as the U.S. in righting the wrongs of slavery. And while you’re at it, answer this question: How many other countries have elected a racial minority (Barack Obama) to be their national leader, not once but twice, and have also elected a racial minority female (Kamala Harris) as the second in command? When you figure out the answer, please let us know. Cue the theme music from Jeopardy.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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