(Humans Are Free) American history teachers know how important it is to teach the horrors of slavery — not only so the mistakes of the past aren’t repeated but because the long-term oppression and cruelty toward black people extends even to modern times in important cultural issues such as police brutality and a cycle of poverty that is directly linked to racism caused by slavery.
What isn’t often taught is that there were many black people who not only participated in the slave trade but who often profited greatly from it.
They owned slaves as property in order to enhance their own economical well-being by having free labor for their plantations. →
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