Another Chapter in the Forgotten History of the Enslavement of Whites
By Michael Hoffman
One chapter in the history of the white slaves of Britain who were shipped to America, is found in the annals of 17th century England. After the Duke of Monmouth’s unsuccessful 1685 rebellion against Catholic King James II, thousands of captured rebels who were not tortured to death or hanged were sold as Protestant slaves to the New World for £10 to £15 each. They were slaves, not “indentured servants.”
The enslavement of whites in the western hemisphere (and later in Australia), is concealed by dishonest or lazy "historians" under euphemisms such as "convict" or "servant." Monmouth's men were neither. In most cases these captive Protestants endured chattel slavery unto death in the West Indies and colonial America.
The sale of these white slaves was instigated by the infamous tyrant, Lord Justice George Jeffreys, who presided over the "Bloody Assizes," trials during which he pardoned wealthy rebels (such as Edmund Prideaux), in return for astronomical bribes costing hundreds of thousands of pounds (in today's money). He offered others for sale as slaves.
"White skin privilege"? Historian Alfred F. Havighurst observes that in 1685 Jeffreys’ operation “..attracted little attention and few, if any, expressions of horror or pity" (69 Law Quarterly Rev. 522, 527 ).
Slaves have been made of every race since the dawn of history. No race and few nations are innocent when it comes to the history of enslavement. Media propaganda singling out white people as the most vicious, or the principal perpetrators, is a type of mental genocide intended to instill self-loathing in whites.
The fallacy that whites were not slaves in any noteworthy operation of enslavement is particularly perverse in light of the fact that the very word slave is derived from the name of the East European white person (Slav). The Slavs endured repeated enslavement in the Middle Ages.
As a politically correct, cartoon version of the First Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts gains currency in November, with the Native Americans as saints and the Pilgrims as devils, it is worth recalling that among history's most relentless and cruel enslavers were the Native Indians of America and Mexico, who, like the British aristocracy, had little mercy on their own kind.
Michael Hoffman is the editor of Revisionist History® newsletter, and the author of They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America.