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absurdity of Prof. Ogletree’s plan is explained by Prof. Walter
Williams, also a black man, in one of his recent columns:
slaves are still available – just not in the United States. To
make a purchase, you’d have to travel to the Sudan as Gerald Williams,
Harvard University pre-med student, did in October 2000.
in the Sudan is in part a result of a 15-year war by the Muslim
north against the black Christian and animist south. Arab militias,
armed by the Khartoum government, raid villages, mostly those
of the Dinka tribe. They shoot the men and enslave the women and
children. Women and children are kept as personal property or
they’re taken north and auctioned off.
Sudanese slave markets, a woman or child can be purchased for
$90. An Anti-Slavery International investigator interviewed Abuk
Thuc Akwar, a 13-year-old girl who, along with 24 other children,
was captured by the militia, marched north and given to a farmer.
The investigator reported, “Throughout the day she worked in his
sorghum fields and at night in his bed. During the march, she
was raped and called a black donkey.” The girl managed to escape
with the help of the master’s jealous wife.
visited the Sudan as part of an eight-person delegation sponsored
by Christian Solidarity International (CSI). CSI, as well as the
Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG), have a stopgap
mission of buying, at a cost of $85 each, Christian African women
and children whom Muslims capture and enslave. AASG’s purchase
tales of Muslim atrocities are horrific. Six-year-old Mawien Ahir
Bol failed to clean a goat pen to his master’s satisfaction. The
penalty: His index finger was cut off. Yak Kenyang Adieu’s punishment
for being too sick to tend to his master’s goats was the loss
of all fingers on his right hand. Williams’ trip freed, through
purchase, these two boys and 20 other slaves. Should you be interested
in learning more about slavery, the American Anti-Slavery Group’s
web site is: www.anti-slavery.org.
slavery also exists in the former French colony of Mauritania,
where it was officially outlawed in 1980. The U.S. State Department
estimated that as of 1994 there were 90,000 blacks living as property
of Berbers. The Berbers use their slaves for labor, sex and breeding.
They’re also exchanged for camels, trucks, guns or money. Slave
offspring become the property of the master. According to a 1990
Human Rights Watch report, routine Mauritanian slave punishments
include beatings, denial of food and prolonged exposure to the
sun, with hands and feet tied together. Serious infringement of
the master’s rule can mean prolonged horrible tortures such as
the “insect treatment” – where the slave is bound head and foot,
and insects placed in his ears and other body orifices – and “burning
coals,” where the slave is bound and buried with hot coals placed
on parts of his body.
Anti-Slavery Group says, “Most distressing is the silence of the
American media whose reports counted for so much in the battle
to end apartheid in South Africa.” Only recently, and thankfully
so, have mainstream black organizations such as the Congressional
Black Caucus and the NAACP taken a stand against chattel slavery
in Mauritania and Sudan. At one time Minister Louis Farakhan simply
denied that his brother Muslims could perpetrate such an injustice,
but now he’s quietly accepted the evidence. Jesse Jackson remains
is not the only African injustice that goes practically ignored.
the frequent outbreaks of genocide in Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia
and the Congo. In fact, it’s fairly safe to say that most of today’s
most flagrant human rights abuses occur in Africa. But unfortunately
they get little attention – maybe it’s because Africans instead
of Europeans are the perpetrators; Europeans are held accountable
to civilized standards of behavior, while Africans aren’t.
Anti-Slavery Group reports that “the world’s worst human rights
violations” are suffered by thousands of blacks in the Sudan and
Mauritania. The punishments given to “uppity” slaves include “tortures
of medieval proportions, all too graphic to describe,” it says.
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