Let’s do the Math
Signing the The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. Declaring the United States it’s own Country. 1776
2020-1776 = 244, not 400. So to make it clear the United States is 244 years old not 400.
The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 (2 Stat. 426, enacted March 2, 1807) It took effect on January 1, 1808.
1808-1776= 32 years not 400,…32 but still TOO MANY, but not 400.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
1863-1776= 87 BAD, but still not 400 years.
Have you looked at Africa? The most serious laws marking the beginning of the end for the institution of slavery in Ethiopia came in the 1920’s. It is true that by that time, Ethiopia had little choice but to effectively tackle the slavery problem, which had remained endemic. By 1922, Ethiopia had come under unrelenting pressure to end slavery from western news-media particularly the British press as well as anti-slavery groups such as the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society.
Slave trade was not abolished legally until 1923 with Ethiopia’s ascension to the League of Nations.
Slavery in Ethiopia was first abolished during the Italian occupation period with the issue of two laws in October 1935 and April 1936. Final success was achieved by 1942. (1-2)
Ethiopia is a landlocked country on the Horn of Africa. not the United States.
I haven’t seen any marching going on over there. Maybe the News just didn’t report them.
1942-1808= 134, the number of years that Africa was behind the United States in stopping slave trade.
I am not saying that people have not been miss treated, what I am saying you don’t have to deceive people, the truth is bad enough. 32 or 87 years is too long, still not 400. We can not go back and change the pass we can go forward. I would be impossible to even determine the families of all who were slaves and those who never were. I would not be in favor of paying people today for something that happen over 157 years ago. I am almost 70, my great granddad was born in 1865. I have grand children, that’s five generations. Let’s get on with our life and treat people the way we want to be treated. Stand up when we see people being mistreated. Demand that our police and government leaders have the same standards. Stop the hating, which can only be done when we try to live like Christ. Love your neighbor as your self.
1… Christine Whyte, “‘Everyone Knows that Laws Bring the Greatest Benefits to Mankind’: The Global and Local Origins of Anti-Slavery in Abyssinia, 1880–1942.” Slavery & Abolition35.4 (2014): 652-669.