Legacy of slavery To the Editor
Guyana Chronicle
November 29, 2001

If Hamilton Green [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] feels that his ancestors were wronged in some way by being enslaved then he should take it up with their oppressors. It is true that slavery contributed to the success of American and European economies that is continuing to be felt today. Factoring in a zero wage into labour intensive organizations always gives a competitive edge. Huge area of land was cleared and plantations created in Texas, and huge profits made allowing capitalization of industry. As well as, inflationary pressures are eased.

This allowed growth rates to be achieved and maintained that would not have been possible. Mao's great leap was based loosely on the principle of reduction of labour costs in labour intensive industries.

Obviously slavery was bad for Africans. No sane person denies that. It created and conditioned the mentality: To oppress or to be oppressed. At the same time, slavery was not created by the enslavement of Africans. It had existed long before then and still exists in Africa today.

MY POINT IS: Nothing that anyone does is ever going to make up for the legacy of slavery. One thing is clear: oppressors are themselves scared of being oppressed.

PS: We cannot today understand what slavery does to the human soul. The British thought they did, until they experienced it first hand at the hands of the Japanese, and they were actually shocked.