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By Susan Woods

I am not ashamed to be a descendant of a people who was enslaved in this country. I esteem them highly and am beyond amazed at the atrocities, humiliation, and unimaginable horrors they endured.I am here because they survived and thrived, in spite of. I will not dare allow anyone, in any position, in any setting to minimize or try to make more palatable to any audience, what slavery was, what it did to them, what it took from them, and what it cost them.

Mr. Obama, Mr. Carson and whomever else is uncomfortable talking about slavery, when discussing individuals who came to this country, the biggest difference between an immigrant and the slave is volition, choice. Slaves had no choice, immigrants do.
So when discussing the origins of all the people who populate our great country, let it be understood that although the slaves came over by boat it was not by choice. Despite every obstacle possible, they persevered and America is great because of their sacrifice.

Many of America’s oldest and richest companies and families owe a great debt to the financial gains they experienced as a result of legal slavery. Who would even think today to begin a new business venture, “enlist” a workforce to do tedious backbreaking labor, from sunrise to sunset, without paying them or their children? The workers would live on the company property and exist solely to do the company’s bidding, without the option to go to another “company”. The company’s Return on Investment and profit margin would grow exponentially, because of this “Workforce Strategy”. The greatest expense any company has is salary and benefits, if you could eliminate that line item, there would be no limit to the financial gains your company would experience. That in the macro is what slavery did for the United States of America and its privileged business owners and wealthiest families. Slavery also did not just benefit the South or plantation owners, but the entire country.
Whenever there’s a future opportunity for anyone to speak on immigrants to America, who falters when trying to describe enslaved Africans being brought over by ship, my request is that they please don’t try to pretty it up! Please simply admit, people have migrated here from almost every country on earth, however, millions were captured and brought here from Africa, in the bottom of ships, against their will, and were forced to be slaves, and work without pay or benefits in deplorable conditions for hundreds of years. Please acknowledge that there are many ways our country benefited as result of slave labor. It was a terrible institution but provided a positive outcome for our country and its future generations. Simply thank the slaves for the foundation they provided in making our country what it is today. Their blood, sweat, and tears made America great, and a haven for future immigrants and refugees.

Whenever there’s a future opportunity for anyone to speak on immigrants to America, who falters when trying to describe enslaved Africans being brought over by ship, my request is that they please don’t try to pretty it up! Please simply admit, people have migrated here from almost every country on earth, however, millions were captured and brought here from Africa, in the bottom of ships, against their will, and were forced to be slaves, and work without pay or benefits in deplorable conditions for hundreds of years. Please acknowledge that there are many ways our country benefited as result of slave labor. It was a terrible institution but provided a positive outcome for our country and its future generations. Simply thank the slaves for the foundation they provided in making our country what it is today. Their blood, sweat, and tears made America great, and a haven for future immigrants and refugees.
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