Slavery was good for blacks. It wasn't about race. It was
justified in the Bible. American slaves were better treated than
slaves anywhere else in the world. Black slaves suffered less than
freed blacks suffer today from abuse, rape, broken homes and murder.
So says Alabama state Sen. Charles Davidson. It is painfully
obvious that he is not a historian. He is a restaurant owner who
also was one of six Republicans running for a congressional seat
until he withdrew Saturday.
Davidson made his arguments in a speech he prepared for a state
Senate debate over his proposal to fly the Confederate battle flag
over the state Capitol. When the measure was quickly tabled before
he could make a speech, Davidson passed out copies of his comments.
Davidson's ancestors didn't own any slaves, he says. But they
did fight for the slaveholders' side, and he's glad they did.
He reached for Bible verses to justify slavery, not only as
good for blacks but as God's will. He referred to Leviticus 25:44:
"You may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that
are around you." He also quoted I Timothy 6:1, as saying slaves
should "regard their own masters as worthy of all honor."
According to The Associated Press, Davidson said, "The issue is
not race. It's Southern heritage. I'm on a one-man leadership
crusade to get the truth out about what our Southern heritage is
This crusade has more than one man in it. Jews are plagued by
the Holocaust denial industry. Blacks are plagued by slavery
deniers. Davidson sounds like the rest of them. He denies,
incredibly, that slavery was about race. He denies that he is a
racist. He insists that the public would know and understand his
more cheerful "truth" about slavery were it not for - guess who?
"the liberal media."
Well, one should not have to be a liberal to see slavery as
evil - a monumental hypocrisy in the purported "land of the free."
From the days of slavery to the present, there always have been
"experts" and pseudo-intellectuals who try in defiance of common
sense and decency to justify the evil institution. For years,
Hollywood supported the distortion with screen images of happy
"darkies" strumming banjos on the front porch singing the praises
"The incidence of abuse, rape, broken homes and murder are 100
times greater today in the housing projects than they ever were on
the slave plantations of the old South," Davidson wrote in his