Slavery sadly continues

With all of the protests over naming public edifices to honor whites who in some way were connected to the issue of slavery, those protesters should perhaps disavow their African heritage (if any), since slavery has been and still is practiced in Africa. That can be confirmed with minimal research.

African states have played a key role in the slave trade. Slavery was already a common practice among sub-Saharan Africans long before the involvement of the Arabs, Berbers (North Africans) and Europeans. There were three types: those who were slaves through conquest; those who were slaves due to unpaid debts; or those whose parents gave them as slaves to tribal chiefs. The prisoners and captives who were sold, writes author and minister Henry Epps Jr., “were usually from neighboring or enemy ethnic groups.” At times, kings and chiefs would also sell criminals into slavery.

The transatlantic slave trade was officially abolished about two centuries ago, but according to the most recent Global Slavery Index, more than 6 million people in Africa continue to live under slavelike conditions, many of them in the sub-Saharan region.

D. Michael Taylor

Graniteville, S.C.

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