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  •  For that matter.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...with the Romans, slavery was a status thing rather than a race thing. A dark-skinned Roman could go down to the slave market and pick himself up a couple of pale-skinned Gauls, if any were in that day.

    It was the unfortunate collision of the idea of human equality with the reality that dark-skinned people were doing a lot of shit work that caused slavery to be linked to race. Who wanted to admit that their field hands were equal to themselves? If human beings are equal, the only way you can have slaves is to take them from a subset of human beings that you have arbitrarily designated as not fully human.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 01:39:39 PM PDT

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