a poster out here just asked the following question:
What do you think of this famous quote on American slavery?
""... In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.""
and here's my response - that caused this asked to block me almost right away:
"here's what i think of your quote:
to say that a kidnap victim is better of in one place or another only tries to cover up or justify the original CRIME that was slavery.
it's up to each of us to decide what kind of life we live or not - whether in africa or on some godforsaken, disgusting plantation in alabama as forced labor - separated from my family and everyting i ever knew in my life - so that my children would be born into slavery.
i'll stay free every time - the notion that any other response is acceptable is FUNDAMENTALLY UNAMERICAN - which the more i look at it, the more i think the south is fundamentally unamerican.
this above all else is the american way - freedom to come and go as you please, to marry who you please, to settle and live as you please.
my grandfather came to america of his own free will - he wanted to come here and did.
to say that generations of people forcibly removed from their families, friends, cultures and lives is somehow better for someone in the longrun is the kind of garbage that hitler used to spout and it's high time we called these 18th and 19th century historical revisionists out for the racist, rabid and hateful monsters that they are.
for people who prize freedom above all else, how can anyone anywhere embrace this sort of insipid DREK for anything other than what it is?"
do you think my response if fair?
what does it say about this poster that they blocked me just a few minutes after posting my response?