Hi everyone, today is a little more solemn. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and I still don’t even know what to say about it, other than that it’s just horrible, and even more so that we didn’t know about them.
Sorry, I’ll explain further. I was in my History 116 class at the U of R, which is revolved around Indigenous peoples, and so we got on the topic of colonialism and slavery. The professor that was speaking (he was a guest) was going on about it, and then brought up that not all the slaves were from Africa, but in fact, especially in the early years of enslavement, most of the slaves were Irish. I was shocked by this, and so I looked it up, and found this link. This is a brief article on the horror that the Irish slaves faced, and at times it was even worse than the African slaves; partially because they were Catholic, partially because they were plentiful, and partially because of their history of conflict with Britain, and the subsequent hatred that developed because of that.
I really don’t know what else to say. The article was really good at opening my eyes, and I haven’t read the book that the article is based upon, but it looks interesting.
I guess I’ll leave you guys with this: slavery, at this point in European history, wasn’t because of ethnocentrism, religious intolerance, or any other host of reasons. These were just the tools used by people to fuel their own personal desires of greed, both personally and nationally. I’m not saying that that other stuff didn’t exist, racism and intolerance have always been prevalent throughout history, it’s just that these weren’t the why it happened, they were just part of the how, the why was, as previously said, was greed.
Thanks for listening to my thoughts, and like I said, I’m still trying to comprehend this right now. Feel free to comment, and state your opinions. I’ll talk to you guys later.