Kevin V. Mincey, a member of Up Against the Law, speaks at a news conference on Thursday in front of the Philadelphia Police Department headquarters. The group demanded that police officers and National Guard troops to stop using tear gas and rubber bullets (Philadelphia Tribune photo)
By Michael Coard
If you’re shocked that Blacks (along with our Red brothers and sisters) are at the bottom of every health, criminal “justice,” and especially economic category in this country due to racist disparities, you haven’t been paying attention. So let’s hold a quick history class session right now.
Although the headline of this article says racist disparities are as old as the U.S., they’re actually older because British colonial slavery on this land began in 1619, which is 157 years before the Founding Fathers issued the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Having begun today’s history lesson with that indisputable fact, let’s proceed, shall we?
1619: Following raids in Angola, 350 African men, women, and children were forced aboard the Portuguese “slave” ship Sao Joao Bautista headed to Mexico (a Spanish colony at the time) but was encountered pirates on two English ships who kidnapped 50-60 of the captives. Approximately 20-30 of them arrived in bondage at Old Point Comfort, Va. on August, 25 and were forcibly sold and leased- hence the beginning of the disparities.
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