So Who Is Responsible for Slavery?

There are more slaves today than in other point in history. The case that justified slavery in the colonies was won by Anthony Johnson, a black slave owner. The slaves brought to the colonies from Africa were captured by other black Africans and Muslims. So who is responsible?

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3 Responses to So Who Is Responsible for Slavery?

  1. a follower says:

    mankind? God?
    Hey is this a trick question?

  2. a follower says:

    mankind has made it their business to “legalise” things that ‘we’ know God is against. So have we also abolished things that we also, clearly can not stop on (on our own)? Not by Law alone.
    And no, i am not Pro abuse nor slavery in those terms. People need to change.
    Yet there will always be a system of servants and masters it would seem.
    Matthew Henry Commentary
    6:5-9 The duty of servants is summed up in one word, obedience. The servants of old were generally slaves. The apostles were to teach servants and masters their duties, in doing which evils would be lessened, till slavery should be rooted out by the influence of Christianity. Servants are to reverence those over them. They are to be sincere; not pretending obedience when they mean to disobey, but serving faithfully. And they must serve their masters not only when their master’s eye is upon them; but must be strict in the discharge of their duty, when he is absent and out of the way. Steady regard to the Lord Jesus Christ will make men faithful and sincere in every station, not grudgingly or by constraint, but from a principle of love to the masters and their concerns. This makes service easy to them, pleasing to their masters, and acceptable to the Lord Christ. God will reward even the meanest drudgery done from a sense of duty, and with a view to glorify him. Here is the duty of masters. Act after the same manner. Be just to servants, as you expect they should be to you; show the like good-will and concern for them, and be careful herein to approve yourselves to God. Be not tyrannical and overbearing. You have a Master to obey, and you and they are but fellow-servants in respect to Christ Jesus. If masters and servants would consider their duties to God, and the account they must shortly give to him, they would be more mindful of their duty to each other, and thus families would be more orderly and happy.
    Ephesians 6:5 Commentaries

    “rooted out by Christianity”? Perhaps Matthew Henry should have added the word True?
    True Christianity, To be Christ like. Because is that not what it would take, a Christlike society?

  3. vasguard says:

    Here is a timeline of what we know to be true about the beginnings of slavery in North America based on historical documents:

    • 1526 Portuguese completed the first transatlantic slave voyage from Africa to the Americas, and other countries soon followed. The first Africans imported to the English colonies were classified as “indentured servants”, like workers coming from England, and also as “apprentices for life”.
    SOURCE: Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_slave_trade

    • 1619 The 1st slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia
    SOURCE: HISTORY
    http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery

    • 1639 The 1st slave codes were created (There’s no mention of white slaves)
    SOURCE: Professor Jasmine Cobb PhD, Duke University https://guides.library.duke.edu/africanamerican

    • 1640 John Punch becomes the 1st legal slave and Hugh Gwyn becomes the 1st slave owner.
    SOURCE: Library of Virginia Affiliated Encyclopedia Virginia https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/General_Court_Responds_to_Runaway_Servants_and_Slaves_1640

    • 1641 MA Gov. John Winthrop is the person who legalized slavery
    SOURCE: Encyclopaedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Winthrop-American-colonial-governor

    • 1641 The legal document making slavery legal is called “The Massachusetts Body of Liberties”
    SOURCE: Constitution Society
    http://www.constitution.org/bcp/mabodlib.htm

    • 1650 Connecticut legalizes slavery.
    SOURCE:HISTORY
    https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/slavery/timeline/1641.html

    •1655 Northampton County Court ruled in favor of Anthony Johnson (colonist), a free man of African descent, when he was accused of keeping an indentured servant as a slave.
    SOURCE: Library of Virginia Affiliated Encyclopedia Virginia https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Court_Ruling_on_Anthony_Johnson_and_His_Servant_1655

    • 1670 Johnson’s land seized by the British government because he was not considered a legitimate citizen or legal land owner.
    SOURCE: East Tennessee PBS
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1narr3.html

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