Black Lives Matter Protesters Probably Never Heard of John Casor

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General Robert E. Lee’s statue is one of seven statues being moved off the mall at the UT-Austin campus (photo above) to an obscure location. Lee was a Confederate and, according to the complaints, he was a symbol of ‘white supremacy’. Lee, ironically, abhorred the institution of slavery. “There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil,” he once said.

While Confederates have become the latest target of the left because they represent ‘white supremacy’, what about the blacks who owned slaves? There were many.

Some free black people in this country bought and sold other black people, and did so at least since 1654 and continued to do so right through the Civil War.

According to federal census reports, on June 1, 1860 there were nearly 4.5 million blacks in the United States, with fewer than four million of them living in the southern slaveholding states. Of the blacks residing in the South, 261,988 were not slaves. Of this number, 10,689 lived in New Orleans. The country’s leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free blacks owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free blacks in that city.

The 28 percent number is impressive when compared to less than 1.4 percent of all American whites and less than 4.8 percent of southern whites. The statistics show that, when freed, blacks disproportionately became slave masters.

According to colonial records, the first slave owner in the United States was a black man. Before 1655, there were no slaves, only indentured servants who were freed when their time was up which was usually about seven years. They were then granted 50 acres of land. Blacks also received 50 acres.

Anthony Johnson, photo below, was a black man from what is now Angola who came to the U.S. to work on a tobacco farm in 1619.

Anthony Johnson

When he was freed from indentured servitude, he ran a successful farm. By 1651, he owned 250 acres and five black indentured servants. In 1654, when it was time for him to release John Casor, a black indentured servant, he told Casor he was extending his time. Casor left to work for a man by the name of Robert Parker and he lived as a free man.

Anthony Johnson sued Parker and in 1655, the court ruled Anthony could hold Casor indefinitely. The ruling allowed a black to own a slave of his own race.

This was the beginning of slavery and institutionalized racism.

John Casor

John Casor

Whites could not own slaves until 1670 when that all changed and everyone, including Indians, could own blacks as slaves.

By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.

Nicolas Metoyer

Nicolas Augustin Metoyer of Louisiana,pictured above, owned 13 slaves in 1830. He and his 12 family members collectively owned 215 slaves.

Some black slave owners purchased family members as slaves to protect them and others bought slaves to exploit them.

The great African-American historian, John Hope Franklin, states this clearly: “The majority of Negro owners of slaves had some personal interest in their property.” But, he admits, “There were instances, however, in which free Negroes had a real economic interest in the institution of slavery and held slaves in order to improve their economic status.”

The horror of slavery is still with us and the entire story needs to be told.

 

References: John CasorAnthony Johnson Henry Louis Gates Jr, and American Civil War

9 COMMENTS

  1. That’s very interesting. I was not aware of much of this information. I don’t imagine, however, that the members of Black Lives Matter will bother to read it. They should!

    • I’ve heard blacks say it was only a few outliers, but it wasn’t, it was a lot of blacks. They also don’t know that Democrats were the KKK. They think the parties reversed.

  2. this was a very enlightening article and thanks to Dr. Franklin for his research. Unfortunately most Americans know the history. They choose to believe whatever makes them feel good or support their viewpoint.

  3. It makes one wonder that when colleges started Black Study programs did they review this history or was it against reasons for the courses

  4. Sorry this is long.
    Own worst enemy:

    http://topconservativenews.com/2012/03/americas-first-slave-owner-was-a-black-man/

    http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/02/father-of-u-s-slavery-was-a-black-man/

    Blacks heal yourselves. Blacks are their own worst enemy. Blacks need to take responsibility for their own mess. You have women bragging they are making so much on welfare why work, while they have 15 children by 15 different fathers – really and we are supposed to take you serious – really! Close your legs, get on birth control and become a responsible mother because this country’s working class is tired of paying for it. There is no such thing as racism period. Blacks sold blacks into slavery and brought them to this country. The first slave owner in this nation was a black man. It is all about money, a payday. We’ve let this lie go on for too long.

    Most people don’t care about your skin color period.

    Blacks kill more blacks. Blacks abort more babies but then say a black life matters. Why do you care what other races think when you don’t even respect your own. It is time to speak the truth. Value your own people, raise your own kids, pay your own way and make something of your own self. We have got to stop this continual stream of racism lies.

    http://dcgazette.com/watch-black-social-commentator-wants-honest-conversation-race/

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/massie-obama-racist-against-whites-and-wants-black-genocide

    http://www.rickwells.us/rev-manning-election-of-hussein-obama-the-most-racist-thing-america-has-ever-done/

    http://threepercenternation.com/2014/12/question-what-if-whites-strike-back-against-the-race-baiters-and-race-warmongers/

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wnd-african-americans-liberals-and-obamas-should-get-out-america

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wnd-you-cant-be-christian-and-support-obama

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wnd-barack-and-michelle-obama-are-pawns-satan

    http://www.rickwells.us/new-york-time-obeys-de-blasios-orders-attack-discredit-and-defame-nypd/#comment-3040

    Learn history.

    Forwarding comments:
    So I did some research and can name a BUNCH of countries built on genocide and slavery.

    Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Congo. . .Almost all of the African Continent engaged in slavery and killing neighboring tribes.

    Oh yeah, and when the U.S. had slavery there were many well-to-do blacks living in slave states. And guess what they did? They bought slaves. And when you look at the population percentages of white and black slave owners, many black slave owners enslaved blacks at a higher number than their white contemporaries.

    http://rightwingnews.com/top-news/anti-police-protesters-threaten-to-set-reporter-on-fire-live-on-air-in-los-angeles/

    http://threepercenternation.com/2014/12/question-what-if-whites-strike-back-against-the-race-baiters-and-race-warmongers/

    http://theconservativecitizen.com/2015/02/07/stevie-wonder-uses-andrae-crouch-funeral-to-talk-about-obama-and-bash-obama-critics/#comment-145902

    The majority of Americans hate slavery.

    If blacks hate crime quit committing it. Your high incarceration rate is because of you. Don’t you think we tired of paying the prison bills. Get a job, make something of yourself. Be a productive American citizen and a role model for the next black generation. Aren’t you tired of the lies.

    I think it’s sad that every other culture who comes to America, many penniless and not speaking the language, come here and flourish. The Taiwanese, the Vietnamese, Hispanics, etc, all come to America for a better life and they succeed and open their own businesses and get educations. But 400 years after the end of slavery the black community still struggles and they are given every entitlement we have to give…. Some day they will realize they have to change and improve their own lives and that it’s no one else’s fault.

  5. Let’s get to the heart of the black problem in America:

    It’s called the blame game for a payday.

    We’ve let this crap go on for too long it has kept our nation from being great.

    First of all blacks sold blacks (their own kind) into slavery and brought them here. White people didn’t.

    The statistics do not prove the continual lie that whites are out to kill blacks. We need to nip that statement in the butt every time somebody makes it.

    The truth. There is more black on black crime period.

    Blacks abort more babies and then call white people murders. Seriously!

    There is no accountability in black families. Too many absent fathers to help raise their own.

    Funny how these families who complain about the death of their children weren’t even present in their children’s lives. It is all about a payday. Using their deaths for a profit.

    Why didn’t they get their kids help. Why didn’t they stop the crimes and drugs their children were involved in.

    Nobody wants to see anyone die period.

    The biggest issue in the black community isn’t racism it is bad parenting.

    It’s take a village to raise a child. It takes parents who are present to teach ethics, morality, respect for others.

    It’s about hard work. Showing by doing.

    It is not the governments job to create jobs. The free enterprise system is the greatest power this nation has. What built this country. Americans create jobs, not Washington DC.

    Handouts are what have destroyed this nations work ethic. Nobody wants to work when they can get it for free.

    And you are far removed from the days of slavery. You are owed nothing. You should be thankful to live in the greatest nation on earth.

    And no these youths have not lived with decades of racism. They haven’t been alive that long. They believe what they are taught even if it is a lie.

    Respect yourselves, make something of yourselves and your own communities. The blacks biggest problem is that they have no role models.

    The majority of Americans hate slavery.

    If blacks hate crime quit committing it. Your high incarceration rate is because of you. Don’t you think we tired of paying the prison bills. Get a job, make something of yourself. Be a productive American citizen and a role model for the next black generation. Aren’t you tired of the lies.

    And if you are going to try the cops, and whites in the media. Than try the families of the victims too. Where are the families during all the arrests? Were they even part of the victims life? Did they do anything to stop the continual criminal behavior and drug abuse that lead to the deaths? What is the victims medical history?

    This nation needs to get back to basics. Show some honor and respect for others and their property. They worked for it. You didn’t. Respect the cops. Who in their right mind would run from a cop? Seriously?

    We have too many people in this country who have no respect for our nation or anything else period.

  6. Black Lives Matter is just another of George Soros’ radical left-wing groups. It’s some loud, foul-mouthed blacks, and the rest are mainly wimpy, college age white kids who probably do most of the vandalism. They are Occupy left-overs. No politician or anyone else for that matter, should give BLM any kind of credibility at all.

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