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[–] prairie 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Someone was talking about slavery and how awful it was, and I mentioned that it was something like 1.6% of Americans who owned slaves. She couldn't accept that. I was thinking that it would be a great relief to learn that it wasn't so bad as it was made out to be, but apparently she found it more comforting to believe that it was more brutal than it actually was.

It's an essential part of moment-to-moment freedom of thought to be able to consider things like that, or that the holocaust never occurred, or that everything began only an hour ago. The pressure to not think freely is hard to realize you're submitting to, but the effect one you've experienced it is deadening.

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[–] 22jam22 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is a little embarrasing. I have a history degree and i would have guessed a higher number then 1.6 percent, but thinking about it. It was probably similar to what percentage of people own a 200k plus car, slaves where not cheap and owning the land to actualy use them to make money was even more expensive.

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[–] 9124146? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Send her this article

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/hey-v12n5

Blacks were never close to a majority in America, so it's mathematically impossible for most whites to have owned black slaves. At the peak of black slavery in the South, only 6 percent of Southern whites owned slaves. If you include the white people in the North, it means that only 1.4 percent of white Americans owned black slaves at the HEIGHT of slavery.

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[–] dingomeat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

and how many of those were (((white)))

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[–] WeKangzNow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Having those stats off hand in current year is highly effective. You can pull up the links in one minute to prove the point...dont even have to be cocky, just say something like, "Yeah there's a lot of conflicting info out there, dont trust me, let me look it up real quick for you." And then drive the point home when you're proven right....

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[–] Mylon 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

Wage slavery is worse. At least slave owners had a vested interest in the health of their slave and had to house and feed them. Modern wageslaves don't have any of those guarantees and when they burn out because they can't handle poverty, they are easily replaced.

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[–] prairie 6 points -6 points (+0|-6) ago 

I bet wage slavery would be worse if it could exist.