“Only very late in the history of the world’s great civilizations did a major moral revulsion against slavery begin. It began in the West.
“Those who spearheaded the organized effort to abolish the slave trade were British evangelical Christians.
“The worldwide abolition of slavery was a long, arduous, and costly struggle—partly because of opposition within Western civilization but much more so because the non-Western world (Asia, Africa, and especially the Arab world) bitterly resisted abolition of this institution, around which their own economies were often built.
“In African societies where the enslavement of other Africans had been going on for centuries before the white man came, there was bitter resistance to the increasing pressures from European nations for an end to the slave trade and an end to slavery itself.” Thomas Sowell, The World & I, May 1991, p. 590
“Slavery became a worldwide phenomenon during the Middle Ages. The modern slave trade began and expanded early in the era, but the practice existed in some form from time immemorial. Under the Roman Empire, it was not a black-only phenomenon, but universal.” George DeVries III
George DeVries III, American Thinker, February 9, 2017
A September 2016 United Nations panel in Geneva decided the U.S. owed blacks reparations for a history of ‘racial terror.’
Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post notes:
In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.
This UN action, of course, was followed by last December’s resolution against Israeli settlements. Interestingly, in the same December time period, the UN could not bring itself to impose sanctions and an arms embargo on a South Sudan that is plunged into ethnic conflict in which thousands have already been killed. It seems the newer, anti-colonial, anti-West members suffer from a case of moral schizophrenia. Continue reading