Skip to comments.Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants from Africa’
Posted on 02/10/2019 6:37:02 PM PST by NoLibZone
"Just 90 miles from here in 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Ole Point Comfort," Northam said
Embattled Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam (D-VA), referred to people that came to America as slaves from Africa as indentured servants from Africa during an interview with CBS News Gayle King on Sunday.
Northam sat down with King for his first interview since the Virginian-Pilot published a photo from Northams medical school yearbook showing two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, on the same page as the governor.
King asked Northam where he would like to begin, pointing out that it had been a difficult week for the people of Virginia.
Well, it has been a difficult week, and you know if you look at Virginias history, were now at the 400-year anniversary. Just 90 miles from here in 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Ole Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, Northam said
Also known as slavery, King interjected.
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The first “indentured servants”/slaves in the colonies were the Irish and the Scots.
Slavery happened, is still happening but this whole kit-n- caboodle is to overshadow Govern Gosnell’s infanticide comments and get them off the front page.
Northam's crude, unemotional statements about Mothers and abortionists casually discussing terminating the lives of just-born babies have been buried.
You have to hand it to the Left, they are the masters of propaganda and narratives.
He’s safer as a governor instead of a medical doctor.
Oliver Cromwell sent Irish slaves to Jamaica when it was an English Colony in the 1600’s.
The main reason i\he is keeping his job is that Fairfax is on even slipperier ground than he is and so is the Secretary of State and should Northam fall, the other two will likely fall also and he will be replaced by the a Republican. The Democrats can’t have that happening. Northam just has to grovel a bit and promise to be better.
Technically he is correct. The first Africans were sold as indentured servants. It wasnt until an an owner sued to make the indentures permanent that they became slaves. Ive read but can not verify that the owner was, in fact black.
Is it going to be forbidden to state that simple fact from now on?
Northam is actually correct. Unsurprisingly, he knows a bit more about early Virginia history than those outside the state.
“Historically, the English only enslaved non-Christians, and not, in particular, Africans. And the status of slave (Europeans had African slaves prior to the colonization of the Americas) was not one that was life-long. A slave could become free by converting to Christianity. The first Virginia colonists did not even think of themselves as “white” or use that word to describe themselves. They saw themselves as Christians or Englishmen, or in terms of their social class. They were nobility, gentry, artisans, or servants.
“One of the few recorded histories of an African in America that we can glean from early court records is that of “Antonio the negro,” as he was named in the 1625 Virginia census. He was brought to the colony in 1621. At this time, English and Colonial law did not define racial slavery; the census calls him not a slave but a “servant.” Later, Antonio changed his name to Anthony Johnson, married an African American servant named Mary, and they had four children. Mary and Anthony also became free, and he soon owned land and cattle and even indentured servants of his own. By 1650, Anthony was still one of only 400 Africans in the colony among nearly 19,000 settlers. In Johnson’s own county, at least 20 African men and women were free, and 13 owned their own homes....
“...In 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to legally recognize slavery. Other states, such as Virginia, followed. In 1662, Virginia decided all children born in the colony to a slave mother would be enslaved. Slavery was not only a life-long condition; now it could be passed, like skin color, from generation to generation.”
Did he learn that from his son, the brain surgeon?
Like deliberately sneaking across a border as an illegal is an “undocumented” person. BS.
We should have never allowed the left to take away OUR language and say Politically Correct. When it started (1970-72?) someone at work wondered if that meant like Emily Post rules to be socially correct and sophisticated and high class and do the right thing like stand up for a lady coming to a dinner table——but it is NOT that way for PC.
It’s just kowtowing to the trashiest socialist scum that we allowed power (to our shame) all these decades.
This is just piling-on stupid. He’s right. The ones that came over in 1619 WERE indentured servants.
“In 1619 the first black Africans came to Virginia. With no slave laws in place, they were initially treated as indentured servants, and given the same opportunities for freedom dues as whites.”
Maybe we can use one of the Constitution's pre-13th Amendment terms, such as "Person held to Service or Labour."
They're still having trouble taking responsibility for their "peculiar institution."
My Irish Catholic indentured servant ancestors, the McGinnis family, arrived at the Livingston plantation south of Rensselaer, NY in 1720...
Every male in the family 10 and up had to work for the Livingstons until age 21 to pay back the passage costs etc...
At age 21 they were free from their obligation and could strike out on their own...They were not slaves but servants for an arranged period......
My ancestor, Timothy McGinnis became a fur trapper and a trader, and a very rich man...
Indentured servants were never slaves...
The black African slaves were never indentured servants they were slaves for life...
My family travelled from Ireland as passengers on a ship free to move around on the deck and in the cabin area...probably steerage...
African slaves were chained up spoon fashion for most of the trip and hardly saw the light of day...many of them died on the ‘middle passage’
In 1619 he would be correct. It wasn’t until 1655 when John Casor became the first actual slave. Oddly, the very first slave owner was named Anthony Johnson, a black man that was an ex indentured servant. He reportedly was one of the first ones brought to Virginia from Africa. In other words, black perpetual slavery was started by, Anthony Johnson, a black man.
Except that Northam happens to be right here.
Permanent black slavery didn’t begin until many years after 1619. And the change involves a case brought by a free black named Antonio Johnson who brought suit to make his own blacks slaves for life.
Stranded sea cruise passengers.
When they first came they were indentured servants. They could leave their master’s after 7 years. It changed when a black man who had a servant didn’t want his to go free after 7 years. He took it to court and they ruled the indentured servant had to stay with the guy. Northam was right of that’s what he said.
Northam is technically correct, but the media isn’t going to allow him any nuance after already putting the order out for his head.
Someone got confused on google or wiki was wrong as usual. The facts:
In 1619, 3 momentous things occurred. The first slaves from Africa arrived. The first indentured servants arrived, a completely separate event. And, the first European women arrived.
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