Why wasn’t this a bargain?

We are told that it’s just appalling, entirely terrible, that the British Government paid off the slave owners back in 1835. £20 million was paid to the owners of slaves back then and not a penny offered in compensation to those who had been enslaved

17 thoughts on “Why wasn’t this a bargain?”

  1. At the time, the way to liberate slaves was to buy them and release them. This was merely using the power of the state to buy out the entire market and abolish it, just like buying out the railways.

    And we then spent 100 years spending 25% of the tax take stamping out slavery, breaking the Westphalian convention by interfering in other countries’ internal matters, and in this process actually *stealing* the slaves to liberate them.

  2. And those liberated, if they couldn’t be taken back to Africa, were given free land in the West Indies, and British citizenship, legal equality under the rule of law, and freedom of movement anywhere in the Empire.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    It must occur to people from time to time that maybe they should have spent another £20 million sending them somewhere else. Then Jamaica would look like New Zealand only with better weather.

    Not a single living person is worse off for this except the slave owners and the tax payers of Britain. Even they could have got a lot worse deals.

  4. Compensated emancipation occurred in other countries, too.

    The idea was considered in the U.S. It got nowhere because the federal government’s source of money was tariffs. Principally paid by Southerners on British imports. The biggest contributors being . . . slave owners. Compensated emancipation would be paid by the slave owners.

  5. Fredrick Douglass intially escaped slavery, but years later some of his friends put up the money to buy his freedom to fully secure his status as a free man.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Apart from making the obvious point that slavery was legal, freeing slaves without compensation could well have led to civil war, at worst, but certainly civil unrest.

    One of the reasons for the Boer war was that the Boer’s weren’t compensated when slavery was ended there and they set off on the Great Trek, triggering a series of events that led to the wars.

  7. On the one hand, somebody is making a lot of money playing black off against white, left against right. On the other hand, intersectional racism is just a conspiracy theory. Bored now.

  8. “not a penny offered in compensation to those who had been enslaved”

    Maybe because they were enslaved by other Africans who then sold them to white poeple. That bit always seems to be skipped over.

  9. “On the one hand, somebody is making a lot of money playing black off against white, left against right. On the other hand, intersectional racism is just a conspiracy theory. Bored now.”

    No noticing who runs the NYT
    No noticing who runs CNN
    No noticing who runs the Washington Post

    No noticing who is pushing the institutional racism blood libel.

  10. Paid off? Slavery by Left is rampant – obey or be destitute

    Shocking:
    The rise of left-wing rage mobs in America
    Republican Cowards; If you say “I’m not racist”, you are racist; Crowdfunding Defunding destroyed businesses
    https://youtu.be/fv6Y3a4BV6E?t=566

    Abominable
    https://youtu.be/x6-eeqMVabQ?t=127

    Horrifying: “Next Question, you’re full of sh1t”
    https://youtu.be/x6-eeqMVabQ?t=411

    Target, Walmart and more say they they won’t rebuild/reopen many destroyed, looted. Who suffers? The people BLM purport to support

  11. Since it was the Africans dumping those they wished to be rid of on the poor old whites, I’d say they owe the whites compensation.

    And of course they also owe us more compensation for the illegal immigrants they’re dumping on us these days.

  12. During the American Civil War/War Between the States, the slaves in Washington were bought out in the same way before Lincoln’s announcement of emancipation.

  13. Someone else bought their lives and gave those lives to them. Sounds like they were already compensated to me.

    Now, go find the slaves that freed themselves out of their own efforts – *those* are the people who are owed compensation. But compensation from the slave-owners. Not from random people you can browbeat into forking over money.

    Ultimately, the only person who makes slavery possible is the slave himself.

  14. Aga – yeah Mr New Hampshire , but let’s not bondage blame, some people choose life….like Boris Johnson’s ancestor for example.

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