joyceraye Posted October 11, 2018 Posted October 11, 2018 (edited) On 10/11/2018 at 7:08 PM, son-goku5 said: I read Uncle Tom's Cabin and Huck Finn as a child. I could never make the connection to slavery because at that point, I hadn't learned about it yet in school. But still, as derogatory as the word nigger is, replacing it with slave makes it worse. AS D.L. Hughley so aptly put it: "If you call me nigger, I can go home. If you call me slave, I have to go with you." That's an interesting point. The slaves I learned about early on in my schooldays would have been white anyway. To us, 'nigger' was a shade of fabric or paint, or somebody with brown skin in Geography lessons or dolls, as we never saw one in real life. There was no implication that anybody would be insulted by the word. People who'd fought alongside them in the word wars never said so. We learned about slaves when we'd studied the Romans, the Greeks, and the story of Pope Gregory sending St Augustine to re-Christianise the British Isles after seeing beautiful blue eyed blonde Angles being sold in the slave market. When we did Patron Saints we learned about St Patrick. And of course in Scripture lessons we learned about Joseph being sold to slave traders on their way to Egypt. We learned how we got rid of our criminals in the 16th and 17th century by sending them as slaves to the colonies, including America, to work for the settlers as an alternative punishment to hanging. That would be before merchants thought of buying and capturing African ones to sell to Americans . We eventually learned of the 18th and 19th century anti-slavery campaigns by missionaries in Africa and the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade by the British Parliament when the Royal Navy thought it was the boss of the seas. (Britannia, rule the waves ! Britons never shall be slaves !) I suppose studying Finn and Sawyer and Uncle Tom's Cabin might have dovetailed in with something we were doing in history. If the word 'slave' had been used then in the books the chances are at that age I would have pictured a white man. Edited November 25, 2018 by joyceraye clarifying words Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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