A Legacy of Cliches

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of “a legacy of slavery.” But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can we add to that “a legacy of slave ownership” too?
    The rate of black slave ownership by freemen blacks was damn near 100% in some Deep South Agricultural counties and in cities such as New Orleans.

    • Now there’s an underexposed fact.

    • Alain

      We also should add how slavery was in full practice in Africa at the time, and I refer to blacks owning other blacks as slaves. Next comes the Muslim Arab custom of capturing blacks and Europeans for slaves, and the vital role both the Arabs and Africans played in the slave trade.

  • Maureen Matthew

    Canada is going down the `legacy of residential schools` where anything and everything bad that happens to an aboriginal person is directly connected instantly to the legacy of residential schools. Aside from being insulting to anyone who raises above their personal circumstances because they made good decisions to lead a fulfilling and whole life, it allows First Nations leadership off the hook for their multitude of bad decisions that have a tendency to focus on what they can get and keep.

    The Liberals and NDP are on track with the legacy, while the Harper government is putting the ownership responsibilities for bad decisions in First Nations community on its leaders,