Jerry Edmon Ministries

How could our fore fathers be slave owners?

Posted on February 17, 2011 1 Comment

I do not know. It is interesting to me that the men who founded this nation on the idea of freedom and liberty found it palatable to be slave owners. This just shows that each individual is a little more passionate about their own freedom than they are someone else’s. As the matter of fact we can become downright hypocritical when it comes to our own comfort.

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James

May 17, 2016 at 12:41pm | Permalink

It was a commonly accepted belief back then that slaves were not humans, but were animals. This was how they understood the people that were slaves to be which of course is obviously wrong.

It would be like today, nobody would think it to be wrong to have a dog as a service animal being subservient to it's owner. People believe the dog is an animal so it's not a problem except for animal rights activists.

It's of course no excuse for people to believe Africans were animals instead of human beings, but that's the "fact" that was thought to be true back in the day... you know, kinda like some people believed the earth was flat at one time.

It was not right, but it was their belief and so they functioned around that belief.

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