Sunday, 1 April 2007

The Great Slavery Wheeze

Tony Blair is at it again, apologizing for just about everything he hasn’t been responsible for (e.g. the Irish Famine) and not apologising for the one thing he is responsible for – the carnage in Iraq. Slavery is now very much in vogue, and demands are growing for a formal apology form Britain, and only Britain, mind you.

This frenzy overlooks a number of important considerations:

Ø Slavery was abolished over 200 years ago

Ø It was the British who abolished it, and policed the high seas to enforce its abolition

Ø Africans themselves were the ultimate slavers, providing the booty to the traders

Ø Every other naval power engaged in slavery at some time or other

Ø Slavery was officially abolished in Saudi Arabia only 40 years ago, and in practice is still there

Ø De facto slavery in the form of indentured labour is widely prevalent in South Asia, especially in India

But such considerations miss the point. All demands for apologies, all of them, are merely a prelude to the attempted extraction of hard cash. Enter Dr Robert Beckford (pictured below with a few white flunkies....note their obsequious body language), who lectures in African diasporatic religions (bet he gets packed classes for that). Dr. Bob wants to wrap his manicured fingers around large – very large - dollops of cash from a guilty and credulous Western nation. His calculations are as follows:

£4 trillion for the lost earnings of slaves
  • £2.5 trillion for unjust enrichment of the British economy from profits of the sugar trade

  • £1 trillion for wrongful imprisonment
On what was this computation based? Well, er, we don’t know. But what we do know is that it equates to over £350,000 for every white family in the UK (illogical to make black families pay, in fairness). Maybe I’m wrong, but even given Britain’s self-flaggelating state I still don’t expect a rush of donors.

But hark! The plot thickens. Unlike Dr. Bob, your Savant has read The Economic History of Britain Since 1700, by Floud and McCloskey, accepted as being the definitive work on this subject. And I quote:

It was costing financial capital – Britain did indeed pay heavily in ‘subsidies’ to other European countries to induce them to give up or at least curtail their trade in slaves; somewhat less to numerous chiefs on the African coast for the same purpose; vast sums to its own slave-owners in the West Indies to purchase the freedom of their slaves in 1833; more again to meet the costs of maintaining a squadron on the coast of Africa.

It has been estimated that great as was the wealth generated by the slave trade in the half century before 1807, the costs of suppressing it added up to a similar sum:¹ “.. by any more reasonable assessment of profits and direct costs, the nineteenth-century costs of suppression were certainly bigger than the eighteenth-century benefits.”

SOOOOOO. What this means is that not only do Britons not owe slave descendants anything, in fact Britons are owed a substantial sum from all those West African states, now proudly independent, whose ancestors kept providing ‘manpower’ for the slave trade long after Britain banned it, and deployed her Navy to enforce the ban. And as we Irish were part of Britain at that time, we’re also owed our share!
I eagerly await my cheque.


Anonymous said...

What bloody mugs we all are

Anonymous said...

You're waiting for your cheque??? I already got mine

Anonymous said...

John Kenneth Galbraith traced his ancestry to someone who was taken from Scotland as a slave.

Randy said...

About 2% of the Africans removed from that continent as slaves came to what is now the USA. Their descendants are now the most prosperous blacks on earth. If you want to discuss who “owes” African descendants, start with Brazil and Arabia

Anonymous said...

Despite the fact that slavery ended long ago, the descendants of our historical oppressors still control nearly every dimension of our lives:

1) Large corporations like Viacom and Time Warner control major black media outlets like BET and Essence, giving them the right to shape our collective point of view. We depend on these companies to tell us what to think.

" It comes from the fact that I know that my people are at least 100 years away from gaining their independence."

Well, I'm independent now, so I'm 100 years ahead of schedule, NICE!!!!!!

At independence, blacks were slaves, women couldn't vote. But it started us on path towards where we are now. America paid the price in blood for slavery, during the Civil War (the deadliest war in American history). America is bursting with opportunity (ask the immigrants who are literally dying to get here), the fact that many blacks don't take advantage of that, doesn't mean they're not free. (It means they are a bunch of whinging morons) I'll be wearing red, white, and blue on July 4, so Dr Boyce go [perform a sexual act on] yourself!!!

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University a Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and author of the book, "Black American Money." For more information, please visit

Ya wha'?

It is true it is true

SAVANT said...

anon 12.06. I'm not sure if you're black, but either way what you say is true. The sense of black entitlement and grievance fostered by academia, the MSM and race hucksters like Rev. Jesse have had a catastrophic impact n blacks. It's removed the incentive to do the hard work and grind that's required to achieve real success.

The corollary is the 'tyranny of low expectations' that silently underpins AA. It's been a curse for blacks.

Anonymous said...

I think the reason this is ridiculous was best described in Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother? with Peter's mirror speech which I forgot to take down.

Anonymous said...

Peter = a great philosopher, even if he doesn't know it.

Anonymous said...

Best Episode Ever?

Cleveland and the rest gave out to him because they shared their reparation money with their "community".

$3.8 million sure buys a lot of malt liquor don't it Rodney?

Anonymous said...

the other part of the slavery wheze is that when asked about black underacgievement in the US iot is always the fault of slavery which ended a century and a half ago.
Or Jim Crow which ended half a century ago.
Mayve it is the fault of dinosaurs?

hector said...

anon 10.45. And wht's forgotten is that American and British whites gave up their lives and their treasure to defeat slavery.

Anonymous said...

And in Mother Africa nobody lifted a finger to end slavery.

It was the only trade they were good at.

Anonymous said...

And John on tlaksport last night saying that the events of thursday reminded them of slavery so they went out on saturday night to pick up some free 42" Plasma TVs.

Caller on afterwards was on saying it was all about the detroit-discounts available.

henry J said...

This was a repise of Katrina. So traumatized by slavery they had to go looting.

Anonymous said...

Free laptops, Levis, and Nike for social justice!

Anonymous said...

Why weren't the former slaves in Iceland rioting after their economic crash?

James Lord said...

"Why weren't the former slaves in Iceland rioting after their economic crash? "

Because they're not black!

Anonymous said...

Dreda Say Mitchell says that blame culture has got to go.
Nice to see someone taking responsibility for their actions and refusing to "Blame" slavery!

Anonymous said...

What percentage of the 13 colonies were indentured servants?
Someone said that there were more of those type than "americants" yet these people were able to make something of themselves.

Davie Balfour in Kidnapped was sold by his uncle to a slaver and that was set in 1752.

Anonymous said...

National Parks be raciwst ABC News.

No, that is not satire it is a real broadcast!

kudzo bob said...

They don't go to the national parks because there's nobody to rob there, no drugs and no EBT machines,. I'm just fucking fed up with this stupid fucking slavery explanation for every black failure.

Anonymous said...


Wikiepdia go to Roots

Alex Haley plagiarism still available Coulander the plagiarisee works not

Wandering around and the subject of the wheeze came up.

Anonymous said...

Guess what a slave cost the equivalent of in 1850 US compared to Africa today. Times up.
$40 000 to $90.
So who do you think will be looked after better?
The one that cost relatively nothing or the one that cost the equivalent today of a second hand 1993 John Deere 690elc excavator?

Anonymous said...

Anti-slavery rowers

But why are anti slavery protests needed in this day and age?

Didn't the white man kill off africa's native trade when colonising the place?

Anonymous said...

Malika Shabazz extradited to New York

Obviously it was a simple mistake as she thought Shabazz a slave name given to her by African slave traders and that X was her real African surname.

Surely Al Sharpton will save her?

Sam said...

Did doctor bub equate the more than 8000 years asians afrikans and islamics dragged Us from Europe?

And is the only reason black hair exists in Europe and the only reason portugese spanjards exist as damages by rape and slavery of Redhaired and Blonde White Europeans.

Also slavebuziness NEVER was a White issue other then being slave.Just follow the money and ownership of slavetrades and slaveships and You Know where the money and real abusers went.

Anonymous said...

@AllegianceToTruth "Whites did not invent slavery but Whites were the first to legally ban it!"

That's what I've been saying, all along.

playmistics 4 months ago

Anonymous said...

Slavery was Legally Established in America—by a Black African!

Anthony Johnson, first legal slave-owner in America. Image from the collections of the Library of Congress.

The awful and inhumane institution of slavery—so often exclusively blamed on European peoples—was in fact legally established by a black African in Virginia in 1655, official records have shown.

The institution of slavery—as morally reprehensible as it is—is one of the psychological weapons which the Jewish extremist controlled mass media continually use to incite racial hatred and instil guilt in European Americans.

Yet the reality is that the first legal recognition of slavery was created in the colony of Virginia by a court case launched by an African, Anthony Johnson.

Up to that time, there were no perpetual slaves in America, only “indentured labor.” The institution of indentured labor—where someone worked for a certain period of time, usually to pay back a debt or the cost of passage to the New World. Once that time period was up, the laborer was “free” to go.

This is the reason why a large number of the first “slaves” or indentured laborers in early America were white, another fact often suppressed in modern “history” books.

The indentured laborer system was also applied to Africans purchased from Atlantic slave traders. All masters were required to free their servants after their time was up and seven years was the limit that an indentured servant could be held.

Upon their release they were granted 50 acres of land of their own to start a farm—and this included any African.

This system was ended in 1655 when one of the free Africans, named “Anthony Johnson” (a European name he adopted) brought a court case against one of his own indentured servants, a fellow African.

Johnson was brought to the US to work on a tobacco farm in 1619, and upon his release, he set up his own farm on his allocated 50 acres. By 1651, he held 250 acres and five black indentured servants.

Three years later, in 1654, one of these black indentured servants, named John Casor, was about to end his period of service when Johnson told him that he was unilaterally extending his period of service.

Casor simply left Johnson’s farm, and took a paid job with a white farm owner, one Robert Parker.

Johnson brought suit in Northampton County court against Robert Parker in 1654 for detaining his “Negro servant, John Casor,” saying “Hee never did see any [indenture] but that hee had ye Negro for his life”. In the case of Johnson vs Parker, the court of Northampton County upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as a slave, saying in its ruling of 8 March 1655:

“This daye Anthony Johnson negro made his complaint to the court against mr. Robert Parker and declared that hee deteyneth his servant John Casor negro under the pretence that said negro was a free man. The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.”

Anonymous said...

Thus the first legal in perpetuity slave-ownership in America was established—by a black man.

Casor became the first legal permanent slave and Johnson the first legal slave owner, as opposed to the holder of indentured labor.

This court case set the precedent for the 1670 law, passed by the Virginia colonial assembly, which permitted free whites, blacks, and Indians the right to own blacks as slaves.

By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.


Sweet, F.W., Legal History of the Color Line: The Rise and Triumph of the One-Drop Rule. Backintyme. p. 117, (2005)

Anthony Johnson:
Anthony Johnson

Billings, W., The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century: A Documentary History of Virginia, 1606–1700. Pg 286–287. (2009)

Fifth anniversary of The Great Slavery Wheeze coming up April 1.

Cannot think why that would be interesting.

SAVANT said...

Thanks anon 21.02. Might do a Fifth Anniversary post on April 1, using the very interesting matewrial you provided here.

Hat tip............

Anonymous said...

John Casor and Anthony Johnson made SBPDL.

Wouldn't it be ironic, dont you think?, if it made another site that ridicules black hostory month for being an ill informed load of grabage?

Keiser said...

When you factor in the subsequent costs of policing and incarceration of the predominately black populations of American prisons, the food stamps and housing welfare and the cost to Whites from affirmative action and bankruptcy of once great industrial centres such as Detroit they actually come out owing us a lot more than the figures calculated by "Dr" Robert Beckford.

Also relevant to this post

"White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock."

Hundreds of thousands of Irish also were sold by decree of James II and Cromwell to labour in the fields of America.

More details
White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
By Don Jordan, Michael Walsh
Edition: illustrated
Published by NYU Press, 2008
ISBN 0814742963, 9780814742969
320 pages

Also look up Ottoman Empire slaving and slave raids in Europe

Slavery and American Slavery wasn't just a "black issue" it very much affected whites too. It was a class issue. Just like it is today. Oh Vey!

Anonymous said...

The Arabs and the Jews should be forced to pay reparations, to us and non-Arab Africans, to Allen West and Tony Martin in particular.
Are they too powerful? That is "might makes right", and under that logic, we would be entitled to enslave those non-Arab Africans. Either morality, or "might makes right". Not some mix between the two.

Anonymous said...

He who lead others into captivity, shall go into captivity. Your time just havent arrived yet. By the way you have gotten much more than your cheque!

Carroll said...

Blacks who came to America as slaves were indeed the most fortunate beings to ever exist. Not only did they escape the hell of slavery in Africa, but were also introduced to the most advanced civilization to exist before or since that time.

Six Million Dollar Man said...

The (fake)Jews were the main slave traders.
Dr. Tony Martin: The Jewish Role In The African Slave Trade
Jewish Involvement In
Black Slave Trade
To The Americas

Six Million Dollar Man said...

Thanks anon 21.02.
The Horrible Fate of John Casor, The First Black Man to be Declared Slave for Life in America
Black people in early America weren’t slaves. After this lawsuit, they could be