Blacks Called Nostalgic about Slavery

By Sammon, Bill | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), February 27, 1998 | Go to article overview

Blacks Called Nostalgic about Slavery


Sammon, Bill, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Abolitionist Samuel L. Cotton says his fellow black Americans are in denial about the ongoing tragedy of slavery in Africa.

"African-Americans have a nostalgic fantasy about Africa," said Mr. Cotton, executive director of the Coalition Against Slavery in Mauritania and Sudan. "My experience has been that African-Americans hate the slavery that took place in the United States, hate the fact that they had this experience with slavery, but are not actually individuals who hate the institution of slavery.

"When African-Americans confront actual slavery in Mauritania and Sudan, they show no interest in that subject for the most part. They don't respond to it."

"In other words, it's sort of a selective morality," Mr. Cotton said. "They're primarily interested in African slavery from the standpoint of nostalgia."

Blacks continue to express moral outrage over the enslavement of their ancestors centuries ago by white Europeans who brought them to the New World. But few speak out on behalf of Africans enslaved today by black Muslims and Arabs, Mr. Cotton said.

"It is permissible in the black community to talk about whites, Europeans and Jews in reference to slavery," said Mr. …

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