I recently had some pinhead claiming that my ancestors forced his/her/it's ancestors in to slavery, and somehow owed this person something. While I absolutely feel slavery was (and is) wrong, I also feel that no one should be held responsible for the acts of their great-great-great grandparents. Having seen the results of years of family research done by my mother, I can honestly say that NONE of my ancestors ever owned a slave. That does not mean that none of them wanted to. I can't really be sure about that. To the best of my knowledge, none of my ancestors ever owned a Mercedes or a Cadillac, but they may have wanted one.
Most of my ancestors were Southerners. All of my ancestors were poor. For the most part, they all farmed. Instead of using slave labor to help work their fields, they had ten to fourteen children. Most of my ancestors, including my father, could probably be charged with violating child labor laws, but none of them EVER owned a black slave.
The historical facts are that very few whites in the South actually owned slaves. The most reasonable historical facts I've seen indicate less than 5% of Southern whites owned slaves. Conversely, the same historical documents show that of some 380,000 free Negroes in the South, approximately 28% owned slaves. Ain't that a kick in the head?
I am certain that the pinhead responsible for me writing about this nonsense will not believe me. I will provide a link to the research, but I'm also sure Anonymous won't believe that, either. I have discovered over the years that most liberals only believe what they want to believe. And that is an inconvenient truth.