This is the tale of Anthony Johnson (c. 1600-1670). He was nabbed from his own homeland of Angola, by fellow Angolans, and sold into the Middle Eastern slave market. 

From there he came to be an indentured servant, on a tobacco farm, in the early Colony of Virginia, in the 1620s. He was a freed man by 1635, having cleared his work-service debt. 

He married, and he and his freed wife began farming tobacco. He lost his farm in a fire and the racist government of England absolved him and his family of taxation for the rest of their lives.

Johnson was also a slaver. He was among the first, if not the first, court endorsed slave holder in what would become America. In fact, he had 4 white and 1 black “indentured servants.” Or so, those five people thought. 

So benevolent and compassionate was he for his fellow indentured servants that he refused to free his. Such was the case of John Casor, who after paying his 7 years of work-service debt in-full, was told, not happening. Was Casor unaware that he was Johnson’s slave-for life? After all there was no such thing as indentured servitude.

Johnson took Casor to court (Johnson v. Parker). He won. John Casor, the court-appointed lifelong slave, was the lone black man of the five.

So much for the “brotherhood.” The case became the foundation for the slave industry in America. All courtesy of a black man.

So, who should pay reparations to whom, again? African slave trading nations to those of slave ancestry?

It would seem so. After all African nations are still kidnapping and selling fellow Africans into slavery.

Source: Conservative Tribune

 

 

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