Quote Of The Day

“While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played…How did slaves make it to these coastal forts? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.” — Henry Louis Gates Jr, writing in the New York Times

One Response to “Quote Of The Day”

  1. Dom says:

    When I saw this article in the NYT, I was absolutely shocked. Maybe it is the one undeniable benefit of the Obama presidency.

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