“During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, [Oliver] Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.”
Martin goes on to explain that for some reason, the Irish slaves are often remembered as ‘indentured servants.’ However, in most cases during the 17th and 18th centuries, they were no more than “human cattle.”
“...the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period,” writes Martin. “It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.”
During the late 1600s, writes Martin, African slaves were far more expensive than their Irish counterparts - Africans would sell for around 50 sterling while Irish were often no more than 5 sterling.
Further, the treatment of Irish slaves was thought to be more cruel than that of African slaves. If an Irish slave was beaten by their owner, it wasn’t considered to be a crime.
Did they have to sit in the back of the bus and drink from seperate water fountains too?
quote:no, you can bring it up on its own, but trying to tie it to African slavery is stupid & ignorant year-round.
Probably shouldn't bring up the often harsher treated and cheaper White Slaves that were here huh?
Unless, of course, you have some sort of agenda for doing so.
quote:So basically, your position is that the affects of slavery & racism are gone today, & the entire problem is just the perpetuation of the by blacks?
Why don't the people who accuse me of being the race baiter ever show up in these threads?