In the alternate reality world, would the natives have still had slaves? Would there still have been indentured servitude? Would the Spaniards and British still have had slaves...just not on Continental America? Are you really asking if it would have been better for all black people if none of them had ever been brought to the US?
Would we as a country be better off if we had never had slaves? Unfortunately the answer is no. Without slavery and the labor that came with it, it is very unlikely that the United States would have ever been formed. The colonies would not have become strong enough to fight England, and there wouldn't have been much for England to tax if not for slavery, which would have meant no declaration of independence. The early colonies were failing, and early colonists were lazy. They would have died if not for slaves doing everything for them and giving them a means to produce product enough to turn a profit and generate an economy for themselves. Once it was realized how little gold was left to plunder, Europeans would have left or died off and the Native Americans would have repopulated the continent over time. That is most likely anyhow. Small chance our country might have survived and been formed without slavery, but it is a small chance.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
I think you'll get a yes from most people... something racists and black leaders would agree with.
I am not so quick decide, Kind of leads me to think of the movie/graphic novel the watchmen when the woman super hero was raped by the other guy, but ultimately she wouldn't have taken it back because of her child that has become such an important thing in her life.... I forget... but my point is there is no way to measure what we have all gained to what people lost way back when...
I think Black people have contributed a large amount of good to The US to what it is today, rock and roll, blues, fought in our wars, literature, unlimited of things...it motivated many to make cultural changes and brought people together... it makes US's history unique and relevant, with deep meaning to many.
Would the US be better off without slavery? It wouldn't be the US anymore without it's history and the contribution from black people. It would simply be different... not better or worse.
I doubt the world would have been up to any more good if the slaves went to the Americas or not...call me a cynic
Last edited by celticwar17; 06-29-15 at 02:03 PM.
There also would have been more enslaving of Native americans... they were ditched in favor of Africans because they were "weaker" and less hearty.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Well, there is that perspective. Considering the lamenting about how horrible it is to be black in a post slavery America one could assume that many would prefer to not have been born. Others may agree. I wonder how much different the black community would be today if they did not have slavery to blame.