What Is A Black Life Worth?
It is rumored that America’s first president George Washington once thought a slave was worth a barrel of beer, because that’s what he traded a slave for. I wonder what he would have traded Crispus Attucks for, since Mr. Attucks (a black man) was the first person to die in the Revolutionary War? Before that, slave traders thought blacks were so valuable that we were called black gold. The Pope thought it was worth sanctioning and giving his blessings to the Portuguese to represent the Holy Catholic Church’s interests in the trafficking of humans. Commoditized and stuffed into ships on our way to the New World, slaves thought mutiny upon the ship was worth it because the hardships we faced during the Middle Passage was worth rebelling against. Mutiny was common, but when we gained control of the ship we would be lost at sea. It was written “That breaking the chains isn’t enough, we must learn to steer the ship.” The English felt it was worth becoming pirates and buccaneers in order to take over slave ships and relieving them of their black gold on behalf of the Crown. Whole empires were built on or sustained by the slave trade so for them I guess it was worth it.