Certainly not all, but it's safe to say the majority of blacks openly claim or quietly believe the lie that America was built by slaves. Many people, and especially many black people, are not interested in factual truths; they're only interested in lies and distortions that augment and support their ignorance.
The truth about slavery in America is that it existed. It was immoral but not illegal. At no time did America supplant any Eastern country as having the most slaves nor as a country that supplied slaves to other nations. America participated in slavery only briefly and only in limited locales.
The myth that America became wealthy because of slave labor is just that – a myth. America became wealthy despite slave labor. The most prosperous states in the country were those that first freed their slaves.
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"Pennsylvania passed an emancipation law in 1780; Connecticut and Rhode Island followed four years later (all before the Constitution). New York approved emancipation in 1799. These states (with dynamic banking centers in Philadelphia and Manhattan) quickly emerged as robust centers of commerce and manufacturing, greatly enriching themselves while the slave-based economies in the South languished by comparison. … All analyses of Northern victory in the great sectional struggle highlights the vast advantages in terms of wealth and productivity in New England, the Mid-Atlantic States and the Midwest, compared to the relatively backward and impoverished states of the Confederacy." ("Six Inconvenient Truths About The U.S. and Slavery," Michael Medved, Townhall.com.)
Devin Foley, co-founder and president of the Intellectual Takeout, wrote: "Turning back to 'Warfare In The Western World,' we find statistics that show just how dramatic the differences in populations and economic power were between the free North and the slave South. … 'But in a longer struggle the North's advantages were substantial. With a population of 20 million, the Northern states obviously possessed a much larger military manpower base, but their industrial capacity was far greater as well. In 1860 the North had over 110,000 manufacturing establishments, the South just 18,000. The North produced 94 percent of the country's iron, 97 percent of is coal and – not incidentally – 97 percent of its firearms. It contained 22,000 miles of railroad to the South's 8,500. The North outperformed the South agriculturally as well. Northerners held 75 percent of the country's farm acreage, produced 60 percent of its livestock, 67 percent of its corn, and 81 percent of its wheat. All in all, they held 75 percent of the nation's total wealth.'" ("No, Slavery Didn't Build America: It's A Popular Narrative, But History Doesn't Support It," March 2, 2016.)
Foley rightly points out: "That final statistic combined with the North's victory in the Civil War should be sufficient to dispel the idea that America was built on slavery. Keep in mind, too, that not all of the wealth in the South was generated by slaves. Free men in the South also worked their own fields and industries."
Medved also points out that: "Yale historian David Brion Davis in his definitive 2006 history 'Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall Of Slavery In The New World' notes that colonial North America … surprisingly received only 5 to 6 percent of the African slaves shipped across the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the Arab slave trade (primarily from East Africa) lasted longer and enslaved more human beings than the European slavers working the other side of the continent … when taking the prodigious and unspeakably cruel Islamic enslavements into the equation, at least 97 percent of all African men, women and children who were kidnapped, sold, and taken from their homes, were sent somewhere other than the British colonies of North America. In this context there is no historical basis to claim that the United States bears primary, or even prominent guilt for the depredations of centuries of African slavery."
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Armed with these facts it would be nice to enlighten "The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America" to reality. Said reparationists are in the midst of attempting to shake down and extort money from University of Chicago, because supposedly: "Like so many other venerable American institutions, the University of Chicago is built on slavery. … Hundreds of enslaved people lived and died on [the Douglas] plantation to make the University of Chicago and its $7 billion endowment, possible. [Ergo,] reparations are long overdue." This is based upon a published paper by four University of Chicago graduate students from the history department. The paper detailed the University of Chicago's founding with profits from enslavements.
The very idea of this extortion attempt should be subjected to harshest rebuke. It's time for blacks that bathe in the immiseration of lies and blackmail to cease and desist. In the absence of that, I say we should counter their arguments by holding them financially accountable for the cities and personal property they have destroyed by rioting, violent protest and the looting that accompanies same.
Instead of allowing institutions and businesses to be blackmailed under the guise of being held accountable, I say we teach blacks what accountability is and hold them financially responsible for the murder and mayhem they commit.