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And so it begins… President Donald Trump visited the Museum of African American History and tweeted about it. That sparked a conversation about slavery, and once again the Irish were brought up. Rightfully so, after all even Michelle Obama made a comment about ‘a house that slaves built.’ So, if we do not point out that all those that endured servitude were African American, we once again do a disfavor to the memory of the white slaves.
What really chaps me, is that those who are MOST adamant about writing, talking and, let’s be honest, selling their idea that the “Irish Slaves’ is a myth~ ADMIT THEY ENDURED HORRIFIC CONDITIONS. Yet they continue to deny that the Irish suffered like the African Americans, even though they did and there are documents that verify that. If they were real historians, they would know that. Their claim is this: It does not compare. The length and the population that suffered does not compare. WHAT!?!?!?
OK let us use some common sense here. Two women were brutally raped, both suffered greatly. One woman was raped by multiple men for days. Both women are hospitalized and later join a recovery group. While the one woman’s attack was obviously worse, do you really think that the people in the group are going to discredit the other victims rape because it did not ‘compare’ to the others? THAT IS INSANE! Rape is rape, and slavery is slavery, yet that is EXACTLY what the “Irish Myth” is doing to the Irish!
In an article that talks about how the white slave myth is just propaganda and white hate, and I actually cringe repeating, Liam Hogan wrote:
“thousands of people from England, Ireland and Scotland were banished by Parliamentarian forces from their homelands and forced into indentured servitude… Many of them suffered under extremely harsh conditions, dying from disease or unsparing work.
The planter class sought to exploit them as much as possible during the duration of their service. Their lives, while bound to service, were commodified. They could be sold, traded and left in wills. This detestable form of bondage was temporary, but only if you survived long enough. Terms could last between 3 and 7 years, and for convicted criminals and PoWs, sometimes as long as 10 years.”
Ok well let’s clarify a few facts, it was NOT just the West Indies as he writes in his article. Many were taken to the Colonies to farm the tobacco. When the Colonists Colonized Jamestown, they basically had to many Cooks in the kitchen.
Out of the first 295 settlers, according to The Virginia Company records; 104 of them were Gentleman. This gave the Colony a population of gentlemen that was six times greater than that in England. “Gentleman” in the early 1600s, by definition, had no manual skills, and neither did the majority of their servants. According to Smith, (Travels and Works,Vol i, Vol ii) He went on to say “ 100 good laborers would have done more than a 1000 of those who went.
This is when the Virginia Company began to market the New World. I go into great detail in my new book coming out, where I list many original sources of the time, this is a crash course so I am going to try to sum it up. When word got back that the ‘Adventure’ was not all it was cracked up to be, many died, suffered or were killed, the Virginia company had a great decline in volunteers. This is when Virginia took it upon themselves to give incentive. They created the ‘headrights’, essentially that offered anyone who volunteered or “offered a body’ into service 50 acres of land. The headright land was rewarded in VERY FEW documented cases, it was a fraud. Unfortunately, this is when flesh became a commodity, people were sending servants to Virginia against their will! Children were being kidnapped.
King James through request, sent hundreds of Irish boys and girls to Virginia, “those vagrants and orphans “. The Virginia company then appealed to the mayor of London to rid the city of its “swarme of unnecessary inmates” by sending to Virginia ‘any who were destitute and lying in the streets.” They were TAKEN AGAINST THEIR WILL, PUT INTO CHAINS, WHIPPED FOR DISPBEDIANCE AND FORCE TO SERVE A MASTER! Years of service was constantly added to the Indentured Servants contract for the slightest offenses. VERY FEW SERVANTS LIVED TO THE END OF THEIR CONTRACTS.
Now, Hogan states that another BIG difference between the African Slaves and the Irish was that the Africans were considered ‘sub-human’ whereas the White slaves were not. Well sorry to burst his bubble, but actually that is false. The Irish were Catholic, they were not considered ‘Christian’, they were in the same sub human boat as the Africans, and the Heathen Indians. Another false statement the Anti Irish Mythers say is that a child of an Indentured Servant was not born into slavery, buzzer sounds! Wrong Again! Any child born in the colony took on ‘mothers status’ if the Mother was free so was the child. If the mother was a servant, all hell hit the fan, she was punished-usually whipped. Years were added onto her contract and the child became a servant until they became ‘of age’. That goes way beyond the maximum sentence Liam speaks about.
OK let’s tackle the Racism Hoax that the Irish Slaves promotes KKK~ please note here, I am mad and laughing about this one!
“Over the past few years it is possible that you have encountered one of the various “Irish slaves: the forgotten white slaves” articles on social media. It is important to know that these pernicious articles contain not a single historically accurate claim. What’s worse, they fallaciously equate white indentured servitude with black chattel slavery for political ends. This is an abuse of history. Black chattel slavery in the British colonies was perpetual. There was no end. It was hereditary. Based exclusively on “bad history” these works have inspired a dangerous mythology, becoming a popular argument to bolster racist sentiment. From Stormfront to the American Nazi Party, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis have taken this narrative to their fascist hearts. To an extent, it has also entered the mainstream discourse, used confidently by some to derail discussions about the impact of racism, the legacy of American slavery and the growing calls for reparatory justice in the U.S. and the Caribbean. To be clear, the “Irish slaves” they refer to are not our unfree ancestors that suffered horrendously. They do not care about them. Their lives are co-opted by KKK types and used as a rhetorical device to mock the Black Lives Matter protestors of the police killings of unarmed black citizens in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere.”
THIS IS SO UNTRUE! I write about the Irish slaves in my books and about the white slaves because they existed and people like this discredit their voice. A voice that has been muted and nearly wiped clean from history. Because these people BUILT America, they were taken from their homelands and abused, whipped and worked to death. They were raped and beaten and starved AGAINST THEIR WILL, and they deserve a place in history!
Have some rouges, extremist and individuals embellished and made comments that discredit African Americans using the Irish? YES, unfortunately some have. Let me point out, with ANY subject, conversation or cause that will happen. Look and Pro Life, do you really think that the majority of those who ‘are for life’, want to bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors? NO! So, it is unfair to classify those few actions to those people who stand up for a cause. I see those comments and I shake my head, I do not reply or comment, I maintain truth. I once believed that the truth always prevails, unfortunately I wouldn’t be writing this article if it did.
The bottom line is that even the anti-Irish Slave guys admit they suffered alongside the African American, their agreement is ‘it does not compare.’ Well honestly, again lets go back to the rape victims. Rape is Rape and Slavery is Slavery. Calling the Irish a myth is a lie, what is their agenda I guess would be a good question to ask. The Irish slaves are history, that is fact. Denying them must me politically motivated I guess.
I refuse to walk on eggshells, and duct tape my mouth any longer! Because of my writing and some of the articles I posted PRIOR to the election, I was classified as a racist, promoting white propaganda and once even as a member of KKK. I spent time crying, I stopped writing, and I shut up. Then, I felt bad, I had a purpose to write this story. I will NOT shut up, I refuse to walk on eggshells afraid that I am going to be called names or threatened. What is that saying we learned so long ago in grade school? Sticks and stone will break my bones but words will never hurt me……. Yes, I do stay home a lot now!
Please stand up for the white slaves, THIS IS HISTORY! They have been let down, muted and deleted from history for far too long, they do not deserve to be discredited because their suffering was just not as horrible as it could have been. Well, it actually was.
Anne Usher was an 8 year old girl who lived on Shirly Plantation. She and three other girls were raped by another servant. She was convicted for her crime of being raped and sentenced to sixty lashes, She died. Her Mother was also convicted and sentenced to thirty lashes for ‘interfering’.
Elizabeth Abbott was a servant who was ‘rebellious’. She was whipped on several occasions. Thomas Gates testified in court that he examined the body of said servant, that was whipped by a boy named Will, who was ordered by his master, Mr. Prodor to give the girl 500 lashes, which said examiner did examine.” She was transported against her will and tried several times to escape. She suffered multiple beatings, once with ‘fishhooks’, and died. This was not uncommon among the WHITE SLAVES.
Please read more of my articles about the conditions of servitude in the New World. I have listed many sources that are original documents of the time to try to be as historically accurate and TRUTHFUL as possible. They helped lay the foundations of this country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Let’s give their memory a place in history it deserves. I have been afraid to speak up, but that is unfair to me and to the white slaves. There is a divide in this country and we are afraid to speak and be ‘catagorized’. I will not be intimidated any longer and I will not be afraid to stand up and speak the truths of history, the whole truth.
Copyright Kelli Rea Klampe 2017