July 02, 2012
Despite what Alex Haley would have you believe in Roots, Europeans bought their slaves from established African slave markets and did not make extended forays into the bush to raid villages for slaves, booty, and slave-girl booty. In contrast, Arab slave traders penetrated deep into Africa to kidnap their prey.
If “sexism” bums you out, consider that two-thirds of transatlantic slaves were male, whereas two-thirds of those transported in the Arab slave trade were female.
Though some have mislabeled the African experience in America as “genocide,” that’s an uphill climb considering that an original slave population of about a half-million has blossomed into nearly 40 million black Americans, nearly all of whom enjoy greater longevity and higher living standards than their hapless Western African brethren.
The term “genocide” is more apt for what happened to Africans transported into the Middle East. Males who weren”t murdered in their African villages were routinely castrated”penis often included”whereas females were primarily used as sex slaves. When African concubines were impregnated, it was common practice to kill their infants at birth. This is why, despite the fact that far more African blacks were forcibly transported to the Middle East than to North America, you”ll see far more black faces here than over there.
Though the infamously brutal transatlantic “Middle Passage” yielded estimated fatalities ranging from 10 percent to a third, it seems downright cushy compared to being force-walked in slave caravans across the mercilessly gland-drying Sahara Desert, where four out of every five black Africans perished in transit.
Islamo-apologists may insist that they were far kinder to their slaves, yet reports exist to this day of insane torture methods including female and male genital mutilation, branding, hobbling, live insects shoved into victims” ears before their earholes are waxed shut, and the “camel treatment,” where victims” legs are tied beneath a dehydrated camel, who is then plied with ample food and water until its belly expands and dislocates the slave’s legs.
Just like the pathetic death rattle of neo-Marxists when confronted with soul-blotting communist atrocities and stratospheric death tolls, the Religion of Peace’s defenders will cough up a halfhearted, “Well, at least we”re not racist!” This is simultaneously true and false.
It’s false in the sense that Arabic/sub-Saharan tribal animosity has underpinned Islamic predations in Africa from the start. The Arabic word Abd is often used to mean either “slave” or “black.” Medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Khaldun wrote, “The Negro nations are as a rule submissive to slavery, because they have attributes that are quite similar to dumb animals.”
The idea that Islamic slavery is anti-racist is true in the sense that it doesn”t discriminate between blacks and whites, so long as they”re infidels. In varying degrees of intensity, white Christendom and the Islamic world have been clashing for over 1300 years, with untold numbers of Christian POWs bound into slavery. Books such as White Gold and Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters detail the Islamic slave raids that were concentrated in the Mediterranean but reached as far north as Norway and Iceland and as far east as the Caucasus. Few Americans seem aware that only 25 years after 1776, we went to war against Muslim pirates.
So if anyone tries to tell you that the Arab slave trade involved nothing but languid grape-feeding, belly dancing, and hash-loaded hookahs, may the fleas of a thousand camels infest their armpits.
Certain dimly flickering binary brains infesting modern political discourse reflexively assume that any criticism of Islam is a default endorsement of Zionism or of neocon Rambo escapades in the Middle East. That’s not the case with me. I don”t care what they do over there, but my kafir brain chafes at having to look at a massive US ARABIA billboard while I”m pumping my gas over here. As a friend once remarked, “I have Islamophobia”you catch it from Muslims.”