Larry Elder: Black history month: Why don’t they teach about the Arab-Muslim slave trade in Africa?

BPR: As for America’s annual Black History Month, actor Morgan Freeman spoke for many during this 2005 exchange with CBS’s Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes”:

Wallace: “Black History Month, you find …”

Freeman: “Ridiculous.”

Wallace: “Why?”

Freeman: “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”

Wallace: “Come on.”

Freeman: “What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on; tell me.”

Wallace: “I’m Jewish.”

Freeman: “OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?”

Wallace: “There isn’t one.”

Freeman: “Why not? Do you want one?”

Wallace: “No, no.”

Freeman: “I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

Wallace: “How are we going to get rid of racism until … ?”

Freeman: “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, ‘I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ Hear what I’m saying?”

Despite years of Black History Februarys, many know little to nothing about the vast role played by Arab and Muslim slavers in the African slave trade. The practice began centuries before Europeans slavers bought and transported slaves out of Africa and continued well after European slavery ended.

Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, for example, teaches media studies and urban education. He once tweeted, “I support reparations 100%.” When the NFL offered its players a 2017 trip to Israel to give them a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hill encouraged the players not to go. About an open letter signed by several prominent blacks in the entertainment industry and others known for their involvement in social justice, Hill wrote, “The letter drew on the undeniable connections between the struggles faced by black and brown communities in the U.S., and Palestinian, Afro Palestinian, Eritrean and Sudanese communities in Israel and Palestine.” Did the “struggles” to which Hill referred have anything to do with Arab and Muslim slavers? read more

11 Comments on Larry Elder: Black history month: Why don’t they teach about the Arab-Muslim slave trade in Africa?

  1. Having an angry black victim mentality can pay good money. Right Mark Lamont Hill, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and too many more to list. One of the main reasons its brought up on a consistent basis still.

  2. I hope that since Freeman doesn’t like “Black History Month” he refers to himself as an American. Period. And no hyphenated type of critter.

    However, I think what he really means is that the oppression of blacks is an American phenomena, and thus America should be nailed with guilt forever and ever.

    Despite the following, which of course shows that Mr. Freeman has done quite well for himself in the supposed land of oppression:

    At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force[16] and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.[17] Wikipedia.

    All that while growing up in Mississippi. Hmmmmm.

  3. As for Mr. Wallace exclaiming that he is Jewish and not white he is playing the victim card himself, and also trying to endear himself to another minority person.

    I wonder why he named his kid Chris. That name is a bit un-kosher for a Jewish person.

  4. Because western democracies are bad and non-christian theocrates
    bent on world domination good.

    Slavery was all over the world at one time or another including native North America.

    Unfortunately only in America are you still apologizing while everyone else selectively forgets or denies their part.

    Currently the most common form of slavery is sex slavery. President Trump has now targeted it and made it front and center.

    I wonder why Bill Clinton and the democrats choose for so long to ignore the obvious.

  5. Mr. Elder, Do not be confused with fax!
    Any slave captured anywhere in the history of the world was destined for American cotton picking,
    Abything else you may have read is nonsense. 87)

  6. I read a somewhat obscure book when I was in college, many years ago. It described the experiences of a British officer who was tasked with investigating West Africa, sometime in the 1700’s (iirc). One of his first impressions as he rode the trans-Sahara trade route was that it was clearly marked, over hundreds of miles, by the skeletons of slaves.

    Most deaths to male slaves in the Ottoman Empire occurred in the castration process. I am doubtful that all children of slaves were killed and not all males were castrated. Check out the Afro-Arab page on Wikipedia.

    While slavery still exists in some Muslim countries, particularly areas under control of the current wave of “orthodox” Muslims, slaves have been largely replaced by contracted “lesser” Muslims: Africans, Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Filipinos and Indonesians, any of the ‘stans; and contracted non-Western non-Muslims, who are much more likely to face abuse and death.


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