Jihad Watch : Freshman Minnesota Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar, in an
apparent bid to keep a Twitter feud alive with President Trump, tweeted a
photo of herself posing with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the
“Door of No Return” on the coast of Ghana.
Part of a 15-member Congressional Black Caucus junket ( funded
presumably by US tax dollars), they have been in Ghana to “mark ‘The
Year of Return’ and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first
enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia,” according to Pelosi.
The Door of No Return, a part of the Cape Coast Castle, stands as a
reminder of the evils of slavery — it marks the exit from dungeons under
the castle where African slaves were held in merciless conditions until
marched through that door to be packed on ships and transported to
Europe and the Americas. Estimates are that 11 million African slaves
ended up in the Americas; of those only roughly 400,000 came to the
British colonies and subsequent United States. The vast bulk (10 million
plus) were sold to buyers in the Caribbean and Central and South
European slave traders have rightly been pilloried for their central
role in the transport and sale of other human beings for profit, and for
their inhuman treatment of those they considered less than human. And,
of course, Americans of the 17th through 19th Centuries have been
condemned for being an avid market for the purchase of slaves and
maintenance of slavery as an acceptable institution of society.
Little, of course, has been said concerning the fact that until
modern times slavery had always been part and parcel of life in every
civilization of the world — the powerful enslaved the weak; the
conquerors subjugated their victims; empires imposed their culture on
client states and conscripted “non-citizens” to forced labor. That was
the way of the world. To the victor go the spoils.
Even less has been said of the fact that though the American
colonists enslaved over 400,000 Africans, a blight on our national
history, that accounts for only about 4% of the trans-Atlantic slave
trade. Where is the clamor for the guilty nation-states of Central and
South America and the West Indies to acknowledge their huge part in this
evil and to offer their mea culpas? Or is the United States to be held to a different standard than nations elsewhere?
But there is one fact concerning African slave trade that is even
more obscure in Western media than this. There could be no slaves to
transport from Africa to the West were it not for those willing to raid
villages and capture innocent men, women and children and then march
them bound the the slave markets they created at port cities in western
Africa where the European slave ship captains could purchase them
“wholesale.” The villainy of the white traders and slaveholders is often
publicized, but who was the principal group that enthralled Africans in
the first place to sell them to others?
It turns out that the primary
creators of the slave trade in Africa were Arab Muslims!!!