It really bothers me with severe disdain that people keep shouting that everybody is an immigrant in the USA.
This is NOT TRUE!
Being a descendant of the African Slave, this is disturbing to me. This statement totally disregards my African roots and our history in this country before all these immigrants came here. African tribesmen and women didn’t see a boat in the horizon, and got their paperwork together for border patrol. African men and women were hunted and captured like animals. They were forced into a filthy slave shipped that was busting at the seems with human cargo. The men were beaten and the women were rapped. If you were sick or died you were thrown overboard. The Africans that were captured never saw their families again. Immigrants have a lots of choices to see their families again if they choose to do so.
If anything the African Slave was a victim of human trafficking or should be considered political prisoners. When they got here to America, nobody thought of them as immigrants. They were immediately considered 3/5th of a white man which was still not as worthy as the livestock. Read your constitution on this one. Not sure if any other race is mentioned in the constitution but the African slave is mentions several times and in the amendments. Not sure if any other immigrants have this distinction of being made a human being and having their descendants apart of this country written into law.
This ignorance and the demotion of the African slave to being “just an immigrant” needs to stop immediately. When you hear people say “we are all immigrants” let them know they are wrong! Ask them how can you be an immigrant and how can your ancestors be an immigrant if your oppressor steals you from your home land?
This seems to be a settle attempt by immigrants and Caucasoids to try and minimize the historic significance slavery has had on this country. It was a sad chapter but it is one that should not be forgotten or swept under the rug to be nice for other folks. I am around Armenians all the time and they never let me forget about Armenian Genocide which is not even recognized by the US government. I am forced into learning about every other immigrant culture but my culture is deemed not that significant because I am part of this country. African Americans will be more indigenous to the Americas than any immigrant.
It is also a settle attempt in trying to put Black folks (IE. African Americans) on the same playing field as others in suggesting we have similar back rounds and experiences. This way they can perpetuate the stereotypes. This way they can make the conscience choice to not understand our culture. Yes we are Americans but we were forced here treated worse than chattel. The immigrants coming here have no idea of what it was like to be a slave in the Americas. In some respects we are still slaves in America fighting for respect.
Lastly this is another attempt at the suggestion that slavery wasn’t so bad. Immigrants know slavery existed but will try to make their experiences from their home countries appear to be much worse. They fail to realize they were able to escape their countries by choice and find new opportunity. African slaves were captured and stolen from their homes and families. This was not a conscience choice. Even now people of a darker complexion still face being apart of the modern human trafficking slave trade. African Americans are indigenous to the Americas so there was no real place to escape. Immigrants always get the extreme cliff notes version of American history let alone Black history. If they were so interested in Black history they will research it like of have researched so many other cultures. They are simply not interested since it doesn’t benefit them in the long run.
I have provided the definitions to both labels and let me know if you see any similarities.
Slavery is, the strictest sense of the term, any system in which principles of property law are applied to people, allowing individuals to own, buy and sell other individuals, as a form of property. A slave is unable to withdraw unilaterally from such an arrangement and works without remuneration. The most common form of the slave trade is now commonly referred to as human trafficking. Chattel slavery is also still practiced in areas controlled by ISIS. In other areas, slavery (or unfree labor) continues through practices such as debt bondage, serfdom, captive domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, human trafficking, and forced marriage.
Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker. Immigrants are motivated to leave their former countries of citizenship, or habitual residence, for a variety of reasons, including a lack of local access to resources, a desire for economic prosperity, to find or engage in paid work, to better their standard of living, family reunification, retirement, climate or environmentally induced migration, exile, escape from prejudice, conflict or natural disaster, or simply the wish to change one’s quality of life.