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People are reluctant to grasp that torture, rape, family separation, trauma, and control through terror were BASIC components of slavery, not rare exceptions.

These were what made slavery POSSIBLE.
America would always like to exempt their historical faves from being "unfairly" maligned for owning slaves.

The natural instinct is to try and appeal to how the slaves were TREATED by their masters.

As if this was the big bright ethical line.
"Ok I know he purchased people and their biological lineages, breaking up families and defining their lives as wholly under his control. I get that their subservience was rooted in fear of violence at his hand. But like... Maybe he was super nice to them!"
Americans, the same ones who will raise holy hell when someone tells them "I'm sorry, but you're not allowed to do that..." are going to argue that perhaps being someone else's bonded property wasn't so bad on the whole.

Like slavery is bad but they maybe had casual Fridays?
Similarly hollow is the common appeal to the very true fact that most slave owners only owned one or two slaves.

(you could totally buy Black humans, but they weren't cheap.)

As if only being able to afford owning one human made an ethical difference
The thing is. Even if a slave owner didn't PERSONALLY treat they human they purchased with violence, the fact is that the entire system was based on the constant threat of violence.

Without that violence, the "nice" slave owners couldn't BUY anyone.

Slaves stayed to not die.
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