Another Deception: Are Negroes Still Sold at Auction?

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  • metatron

    So many people don't understand the paradoxes here, mizpah.

    Take a good look at liberal failures - like Carter.

    He pulls support from the Shah - and what happens? The country gets worse - thru democracy!

    It's a tricky business, and I don't blame Bush for having the courage to attempt to fix the

    miserable Arab world. I think his success ( and Reagan's) just makes some people hysterical because

    it conflicts with their idealistic notions. - "You can't get peace by making war" etc, ( of course you can!).

    The Europeans are breathtakingly naive. It's best that they leave 'nation building' attempts to wiser folks.


  • AlanF

    : Are U.S. businesses still selling Negroes at auction?

    I bought two yesterday on Ebay.

    Had to laugh at this one:

    : ... a brain-dead, itinerant spiritual predator (i.e. a Circuit Overseer) ramble on ...


  • Francois

    Actually, there IS one place on earth where there continues to be a brisk trade in black humans on sale as slaves, and female "circumcision" and such as that. The place? Africa. Yes, in Africa, one tribe still raids and carries off members of other tribes for sale, mostly to Arab states, as slaves just as they did four hundred years ago.

    The white people, mainly Dutch, who bought black people and made them serve as slaves in the sugar cane fields of the New World, could not have done so without the active cooperation of the African tribes who were selling their brothers into that slavery themselves. So you can blame whites for slavery until you are blue in the face; it was African blacks who were responsible for starting this curious institution, not whites.

  • teejay

    Starting thirty years ago when I was a teen, I always pause when getting a drink of water in a public place. I can ever take a cool sip without thinking of the circumstances that existed for people in my family just a few short years before.

    Yesterday, I sat and watched a friend order an ice cream cone. For some reason, the scene--a young white employee saying "Sir" repeatedly to an older black customer--again made me pause and reflect on how things used to be. I even mention to my friend when he returned to the table that, yes... this country (world) still needs some work, but goddamn it... we've come a long way, and without any help from no stinkin' god.

    Nope. No way in hell. Things are NOT as bad as they used to be...

  • Valis
    Valis Modern Slavery
    Human bondage in Africa, Asia, and the Dominican Republic

    by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco

    This article was posted on April 18, 2001.

    When a ship carrying hundreds of people was recently turned away from Benin, Africa, officials suspected that the children on board were human slaves. The incident once again brought attention to the problem of slavery. At this moment, millions of men, women, and children—roughly twice the population of Rhode Island—are being held against their will as modern-day slaves.

    Modern Day Slaves
    Sudanese slaves await redemption in Madhol, Sudan, in December 1997. An Arab trader sold 132 former slaves, women and children, for $13,200 (in Sudanese money) to a member of Christian Solidarity International. (AP Photo)

    Sometimes referred to as bonded laborers (because of the debts owed their masters), public perception of modern slavery is often confused with reports of workers in low-wage jobs or inhumane working conditions. However, modern-day slaves differ from these workers because they are actually held in physical bondage (they are shackled, held at gunpoint, etc.).

    Modern-day slaves can be found laboring as servants or concubines in Sudan, as child "carpet slaves" in India, or as cane-cutters in Haiti and southern Pakistan, to name but a few instances. According to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights organization, there are currently over 200 million people in bondage.

    Where does this slavery take place? Who are the faces behind these atrocities?Slave Trading on Africa's West Coast

    The slave trade in Africa was officially banned in the early 1880s, but forced labor continues to be practiced in West and Central Africa today. UNICEF estimates that 200,000 children from this region are sold into slavery each year. Many of these children are from Benin and Togo, and are sold into the domestic, agricultural, and sex industries of wealthier, neighboring countries such as Nigeria and Gabon.

    UNICEF estimates that 200,000 children from West and Central Africa are sold into slavery each year.

    The most recent incident involved the MV Etireno, which was refused from ports in Gabon and Cameroon. When the ship reached Cotonou, Benin, in April, 2001, police began an investigation of the captain and crew. More adults than children were believed to be aboard.Chattel slavery in Sudan

    The enslavement of the Dinkas in southern Sudan may be the most horrific and well-known example of contemporary slavery. According to 1993 U.S. State Department estimates, up to 90,000 blacks are owned by North African Arabs, and often sold as property in a thriving slave trade for as little as $15 per human being.

    "There he found several Dinka men hobbling, their Achilles tendons cut because they refused to become Muslims."

    —from an ASI report on Sudanese slavery

    Animist tribes in southern Sudan are frequently invaded by Arab militias from the North, who kill the men and enslave the women and children. The Arabs consider it a traditional right to enslave southerners, and to own chattel slaves (slaves owned as personal property).

    Physical mutilation is practiced upon these slaves not only to prevent escape, but to enforce the owners' ideologies. According to an ASI report: "Kon, a thirteen-year-old Dinka boy, was abducted by Arab nomads and taken to a merchant's house. There he found several Dinka men hobbling, their Achilles tendons cut because they refused to become Muslims. Threatened with the same treatment the boy converted."

    In a detailed article by Charles Jacobs for the American Anti-Slavery Group (ASI), Jacobs recounts how a 10-year-old child was taken in a raid on her village in southern Sudan, and branded by her master with a hot iron pot.Child "carpet slaves" in India

    Kidnapped from their villages when they are as young as five years old, between 200,000 and 300,000 children are held captive in locked rooms and forced to weave on looms for food. In India—as well in other countries—the issue of slavery is exacerbated by a rigid caste system.

    Civil War Slaves
    Many of our images of human slavery, like the one above, date from the American Civil War. However, there are an estimated 200 million people in bondage today.

    The International Labor Rights and Education Fund is one organization that has rescued many of these child slaves. The group recalls this scene: "Children work in damp pits near the loom. Potable water is often unavailable and food consists of a few chapatis [bread balls], onions and salt...The children often are made to sleep on the ground next to their looms, or in nearby sheds. After working from ten to fourteen hours, they are expected to clean out their sheds and set up work for the next day."Shackled laborers in Pakistan

    Many of the bonded laborers are shackled in leg-irons in Pakistan. Though much of the debt these cane-harvesters have incurred is real, the practice of exchanging human labor for landowners' loans is illegal.

    In a 1992 law passed by the Pakistani government, landlords are barred from offering loans in exchange for work or to hold workers hostage to their debts. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has freed approximately 7,500 bonded laborers since 1995.

    By the commission's estimates, there are still roughly 50,000 bonded laborers in southern Singh. Many of those freed now reside in the city of Hyderabad in makeshift camps. Most are afraid to return to their homeland, however, for fear they will be recaptured and enslaved again.

    Related Links
    Encyclopedia: Slavery

    Emancipation Proclamation




    Dominican Republic
    Cane-cutters in the Dominican Republic

    In the Dominican Republic, the collection of slaves for the busy harvest season is more random. The Dominican army, with the support of the State Sugar Council (known as the CEA), "hauls Haitians off public buses, arrests them in their homes or at their jobs, and delivers them to the cane fields," according to Charles Jacobs.

    Some of the cane-cutters sign on to work voluntarily. When the number of workers does not meet the harvest's demand, the Dominican army is set into action. The army's captives are forced to work at gunpoint and beaten if they try to escape.Beyond the Emancipation Proclamation

    Accounts of human beings as modern slaves extend beyond those described here, and include young girls sold into prostitution in Thailand and slave chattels in Mauritania. Though most Americans believe slavery was abolished with the Emancipation Proclamation more than a century ago, the horrors of human beings held in bondage flourishes today.


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  • Valis

    The Social Psychology of Modern Slavery


    District Overbeer

  • avishai

    Thanks, valis

  • teejay

    Interesting that Pakistan is listed as a link in that article (though nothing was said about slavery in the Pakistan article.) Wasn't/isn't Pakistan a U.S. ally in our war to oust a regime for its violation of human rights? Oh, the irony.

  • OHappyDay

    Impossible! There are no Negroes available today.

    There can be no finger pointing for responsibility for American slavery, yet it is true that there is no supply without a demand, and the demand was for slaves in the Americas. Without the demand, the supply would have dried up, or have been reduced to indentured servitude.

    There are (too) many kinds of slavery in the world today, and all of them are bad.

  • Bendrr
    Yesterday, I sat and watched a friend order an ice cream cone. For some reason, the scene--a young white employee saying "Sir" repeatedly to an older black customer

    Teej, I still have older black customers call me sir. Makes me uncomfortable but I guess around here old ways die hard.

    Met: The Empire can say what they want but things are better now than they used to be back when Russell went nuts. Well except for not being able to buy laudanum at the corner store.


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