"They bought them from other Africans. As someone said, you can't get much lower than someone who sells his brother." A reader's comment reg. slavery on my blog.
I agree it is low to sell one's own brother. Is that the lowest one can go to? What can be the lowest anyone go to? If there is a dispute for a position at the bottom of the moral cess pit, to answer this question ... I need help.
You see, I have a problem - honestly, I must blame my backward country and my backward education for this. We were taught that all humans were equals.
I was also told that this value of the individual makes the West different - and is enshrined in the Greco-Roman-Euro history, culture, literature, thinking, renaissance, enlightenment, religion, leadership ...
We were told that we from India did not consider others as brothers - and that was our problem.
So, in my warped thinking, a question rose!
Low To Sell - Lower Still To Buy, Trade, Legalize Slavery
Is it not lower to buy one's own brother - even lower than to sell. And to create laws, institutions, precedents to promote, popularize slavery?
Does the fact that a family member sells manifestly stolen 'goods' (in this case human beings) stolen from the family wealth, allow the buyer to buy 'stolen' goods. Is trade in 'stolen goods' acceptable if the robber happens to rob his own family? But then, if the skin is black or yellow or brown, I presume these rules do not apply.
"the inconvenient fact that the Arab world played at least as large a part in the slave trade as any Western power, for instance; or the uncomfortable truth that African chieftains were all too willing to sell other Africans to Western and Arab slave dealers. In the light of this, what are we to make of allegations that 'racism' lay at the heart of the slave trade?" From a book review of The Slave Trade By Jeremy Black, at The Social Affaits Unit.
Vatican Supported Slavery
When the followers of Mani (a teacher of Buddhist and Christian teachings) were rooting for the slaves to revolt and declare themselves free, administrators of the teachings of the "Lord of lords, and King of kings." (Revelation 17: 14) at the Council Of Gangra approved of slavery.
The Great White Chief in the Sky, Thomas Jefferson declared 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal' We can't hold his feet to the fire, if he forgot to add (possibly in the hurry to dine alone), as long as they are white.