Shalom, everyone! The following is a video presentation by YouTube vlogger The Great Griot, on how America‘s wealth and position as a world economic power was built on the backs of our enslaved African ancestors. That great wealth is still largely concentrated in the hands of the descendants of slave owners, however, later immigrants from Europe and their descendants have also reaped the continuous benefits from this wealth in the form of schools, business loans, home mortgages, etc. Many of the oldest and largest American and European conglomerates owe their rise and fortunes to the cruel institution of slavery.
Our ancestors built America yet still today, their descendants are largely locked out of inheriting anything from the wealth built from their literal blood, sweat and tears. Neither did our ancestors or their descendants receive any reparations for the injustice done to them. Chattel slavery is theft of labor, inheritance, freedom, justice, happiness and life itself. In the words of late US President Thomas Jefferson:
“…Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever…” ~ Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII: Manners, 1781
America was built off of the back of slaves. This wealth created did not disappear after the “Great Emanicipation” neither was it shared with the new black citizens of America. It remained with colonizers and their decedents creating a wealth disparity that we still see TODAY.
America’s Wealth……From the Backs of Our Ancestors/The Great Griot
Video from The Great Griot/YouTube