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FYI: White slave masters raped black women regularly, fathered mixed children, & placed those children (their own progeny) into chattel slavery.

White “Christians” worshipped God w/ slaves chained to pews.

If racists will enslave black people; racists can have black employees.
Black slave women who served in the house taking care of white children (Mammys) were considered part of the family. They were more valued like beloved pets than people but racist slave masters white still considered them “family”.
A “good n*gger” was something racists called black people, typically men, who were docile and did exactly what they were told. These blacks were called “friends” & the Psychological manipulation led some slaves to love & protect their masters in return for The “friendship”.
This pattern carried on into the segregation era. Even today, many white people will claim to have “black friends” despite only really having black aquantences. Some black people desire the validation of whites so much they allow themselves to be called friends tho they aren’t.
What does it mean to be a friend?

If you’re to press white individuals who try to defend themselves from charges of racism by claiming a black friend or relative; ask them to define friendship. Ask them if they’ve had black people over for dinner or shared vulnerability w/ them.
Here’s the thing, people who aren’t racist don’t have to use the ethnicity of people they know in order to defend themselves from charges of racism. Publicly using people of color to shield yourself is the complete opposite of what a friend would do!
#AmericanRacialHistoryMatters
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There is a picture commonly painted of Abolitionists that they were anti-racist. It’s hard to make this conclusion if you actually read their writings. White abolitionists believed blacks were image beaters but still believed they were inferior.
Christian abolitionists STILL largely believed in “curse of Ham” theology & prevailing worldview of the time was evolutionary theory. These beliefs combined = ideas of white superiority even though they believed blacks should be free. Same applies to White anti-segregationists.
One of the most profoundly ignorant ideas taught in America ln schools & believed at large by white Americans; is the idea that all those who were anti-slavery & anti-Jim Crow were also anti-racist. Couldn’t be further from the truth & this belief actually empowers racism & WS.
[its Feb 28th, I’m getting my #bhm out]

The idea that anti-slavery/Jim Crow = anti-racist has not only been perpetuated in our American School system, it has also been perpetuated through media... primarily film and tv. The White Savior narrative so common in stories promote it.
Movies that depict a white person as anti-slavery/Jim Crow almost always do it in a way where their is a strong dichotomy. You either have:

Blatant evil slave master/segregationist OR the anti slavery/segregationist. Narratives force audience to assume the latter is anti-racist.
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