Flash! Presidents’ Families Owned Slaves!

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Do liberals want to re-fight the Civil War?

Oh, wow! According to research by Reuters, every living U.S. president (with the sole exception of Donald Trump [wailing and gnashing of teeth]) has ancestors who owned slaves (https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-slavery-lawmakers/#:~:text=In%20addition%2C%20President%20Joe%20Biden,America%20after%20slavery%20was%20abolished.). Indeed, forsooth, “over 100 U.S. political elites have family links to slavery.”

Uh-huh. Ooh! That means Nancy Mace’s great-great-great grandparents had slaves!

And what is Congresswoman Mace supposed to do about it? (Hint: Give Democrats every single thing they want and agree to be bullied by select cherished minorities. That’ll work until they demand more.)

President Donald Trump is out of the picture because his family didn’t come to America until after slavery was abolished and the Civil War was over. Lucky them. My great-great-great uncle came over just in time to get drafted off the boat and packed off to Chancellorsville… where he sustained a serious head wound which kept him out of Gettysburg: the battle in which his unit was wiped out.

So we ask again: what the devil are we supposed to do about what other people did 150 years ago? Just bow down and let it be used against us?

Come on, Reuters, spit it out–what are we supposed to do?

I say to hell with it.

10 comments on “Flash! Presidents’ Families Owned Slaves!

  1. Every living U.S. president, with the sole exception of Donald Trump has ancestors who owned slaves. Wow, I didn’t know that! That should frost the haters cake.

    If they had all the information and records, which has now been lost, the black slaves that came to the USA, probably came from a tribe, that also had at one time or another, enslaved other black people.

    I have never owned any slaves, white, black, or any other color. Neither did my parents, grandparents or any other ancestors as far as I know. And I could probably say that for about 99.999% of folks living today in the USA, whose family roots go back a few generations. Further back than that, not so much.

    The past should not be forgotten, but neither should it be used as a club to stain the good name of any living families today. No one is liable or accountable for the errors or sins of past generations. We cannot change the past, but can and should learn from the past iniquities and misdeeds of our ancestors. And move forward from this point in time and toward better future.

    Unfortunately, most demarcates and the DDDD (Delusional Disordered, Deceived & Dangerous) alphabet lunatic communities have other plans.

    1. One of the things I hated about school, when I was a boy, was getting blamed and punished for things I didn’t do. I still hate that–and that’s what “reparations” is all about: punishing people for things they didn’t do. No wonder Democrats like it.

  2. How can someone be blamed for events that happened long before they were born? It’s unlikely that any of my ancestors held slaves. Most arrived in the US after the Civil War, and even the strain of the family which have been here since the Mayflower were northerners, to the best of my knowledge, and unlikely to have been involved in that travesty.

    But even if they had held slaves, that does not speak to my heart or intentions.

    1. You’re entirely right. What I find amazing, and not in a good way, is how shallow the thinking seems to be. I spent my early years in a northern tier state, and when we learned about slavery, and lingering segregation in the south, everyone in my class was appalled. This was completely foreign to us, and offended our sensibilities. To say that there was some inherent bias doesn’t make any sense, whatsoever.

      In our grade school, there weren’t any black kids, but given the locale, the fact that most of my class was comprised of the descendants of Swedes and Germans was hardly surprising. When I went to Junior High, there was a greater mix of ethnicities, and I don’t recall any issues. There was a black kid, with a great personality, and he was well liked. Anyone that used a racial slur against him would have been branded as an ignorant fool. There was no problem.

      Slavery was terrible, but much less prominent in the US than in the Caribbean or South America. Slavery was hardly invented here, and came to be practiced in the US from British influence. It was also a bone of contention from the earliest days of American independence. It’s not like someone woke up one morning in 1860 and decided to oppose the practice. As new states were added to the Union, there was a struggle, with the South wanting slavery to be legal there, and the North opposing it. Kansas and Missouri were all but at war, at one point, over the issue.

      Slaver was part of the early US, but the practice also died here, and died a violent death, with something on the order of 400,000 a Union soldiers giving their lives in the effort. Ending this travesty cost many lives, but the battle was won, and the practice eliminated.

    2. True… but now that I’m being blamed for things that stopped happening 150 years ago, with the idea that I, personally, should be punished for it… I find that I don’t care anymore. I really just don’t care. My ancestors got picked on by the Romans. So effing what?

    3. Exactly! If you look at the national origins of my recent ancestors, it’s a mixed bag of conquerors and the conquered, but even that is misleading. There is one strain of my family that traces back to the Mayflower, but if you assume a 30 year interval per generation, that still removes me by at least 11 generations, which is to say that one ancestor from the Plymouth Colony would contribute 1/2048 of my genetic makeup. So, assuming that my Mayflower ancestor married another Mayflower person, 1/1024 of my makeup can be traced to that source. In other words, it is meaningless for someone to trace their ancestry to an, admittedly interesting and significant, colony. It’s a trivia point, and nothing more.

      I would never argue that black people have been mistreated by prejudiced people. It’s a real thing, and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Years ago, I was in a Red Lobster with a black friend, and one of the other patrons acted disgusted at the sight of him. What she didn’t know was that he was a doctor, a board certified specialist who made an excellent living and lived in one of the most elite neighborhoods in town. I’m certain that such treatment would get old, but the vast majority of people don’t act that way. My friend didn’t even seem to notice; he was an accomplished man and knew his worth. He wasn’t about to be bothered by someone else’s foolishness.

      All that any of us can do is to strive to be fair, and treat all others with kindness and respect. This solves many social problems. Even people with whom I have significant disagreement can be treated well, and I make it a practice to do so. I can’t change the past, but I can treat people well in the present.

    4. Yeah, but that won’t stop any Democrat from handing out your money, that you worked for,, to any bunch of grievance collectors who might vote for him.
      “Racial justice” is not justice. It’s just revenge.

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