Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
It has a lot to do with assuaging the guilt of the fully white man, who sought to preserve his superiority over the black race, in some states where the population of slaves were more majority than free -- and was willing to die to keep White Supremacy intact.
"Black Slaveowners" is pushed by David Grooms, and comes up repeatedly from the Lost Causers.
Grooms plays fast and loose with his numbers and has been debunked repeatedly.
Grooms writes for the Barnes Review. What is the Barnes Review?
The Barnes Review is a bi-monthly magazine founded in 1994 by Willis Carto, dedicated to historical revisionism such as Holocaust denial.
^ "Willis A. Carto: Fabricating History". Anti-Defamation League.
But let's get beyond that.
It is certainly true there were black slaveowners, but I'm sure, as many know, those free blacks were often prisoners in their own states.
Laws in many Southern states forbade them to even leave the state - unless it was permanent, they were restricted in commerce, legal matters, etc...; just simply living for a free black, even ones who had built up wealth was not as some would have you believe.
As the war approached, even more laws were written that could snatch away their "freedom" at any given moment
...and of course, Dred Scott made it clear they were not even citizens of the country they lived in. read that again: Even Free Blacks were not citizens of the country they lived in
Yes, some black slaveowners bought slaves to purchase their kin's freedom, sometimes a husband would purchase a wife, some did it for economic, pragmatic reasons, and some were just as dastardly as their fully white counterparts. All true.
But Grooms inflates numbers by playing with statistics and presenting a much different picture than actually was.
He also fails to mention a good portion of those "negro slaveowners" were mulattoes -- by all appearances, quite white. But coal black, brown or white - still, all in all, the numbers were very, very small.
Also, the preponderance of those (what are referred to as) "black slaveholders" were actually Colored Creoles.
An important legal distinction, which I'll explain in my next post.
Not to veer too off-topic, but I think a few might find it interesting.
Antoine Dubuclet is brought up by Grooms. It's true he was a wealthy slaveholder.
In fact most of the slaveholders brought up in the "black slaveholder" discussion came from Louisiana, and that state was rather unique. They were "Colored Creoles," - many were upwardly mobile, wealthy and a disproportional number owned slaves.
The distinction is often blurred though when referring to them as "Black slaveowners" as
1) most looked quite fair skinned by appearance.
2) many were of European ancestry, not considered "African" or "Black" - and were given special status for a time.
"By 1843, the Colored group was no longer named as legislative special case, but they still considered themselves exempt, and the courts still usually upheld their special status. Numerous court cases held that the Colored Creoles were not considered Black regarding freedom papers, curfews, and the like. But by the 1850s, the courts had begun to treat all but the wealthiest and most powerful Colored Creoles as free Blacks."
The One-Drop Rule Arrives in the Postbellum Lower South | | The Color Line and the One-Drop Rule
In fact it was considered an insult to call a Colored Creole a "Free Black."
Legally, They were "Colored" a serious distinction made by numerous courts.
A Free Black there was not allowed a trial by Jury BUT! “Free persons of Colour" *were* entitled to a trial by jury.
"Justice Porter went on to explain that, since the [Colored Creole] was not Black..."
Legal History of the Color Line: The Rise and Triumph of the One-drop Rule
It's a rather fascinating nugget regarding the caste system back then which some probably didn't care to hear, (or maybe even bother to read) -- but I enjoy sharing these little bits of history. It's how I roll.
How many knew there three legal color lines back then? White, Colored, and Black.