Monday, May 16, 2016

Debating the History of White Enslavement

Across the pond a brouhaha has developed in the Irish media over popular books which assert that either the Irish were once chattel slaves, or that many white nations, including the Irish suffered enslavement.

The volumes under fire include To Hell or Barbados: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland, by Sean O’Callaghan, and this writers book, They Were White and They Were Slaves.

Those who have taken up the mission of upholding the court historians’ Establishment dogma are Liam Hogan, an Irish librarian, Laura McAtackney, an associate professor of Sustainable Heritage Management  at Århus University,  Denmark, and Matthew Connor Reilly, a postdoctoral fellow in archaeology at Brown University. McAtackney recently admitted on social media that she has not read my book. Hogan appears to have read at least parts of it, describing it as follows: "The most influential book to claim that there was ‘white slavery’ in Colonial America was Michael Hoffman’s They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America

For more than a year articles attempting to deny the chronicle of the enslavement of white people have appeared in history magazines, websites and most recently the Irish Times newspaper.

The insistence that the entire epoch of brutal white bondage never happened —  from the thralls of the Vikings to the villeinage of Anglo-Saxon England and the massive kid-nabbing operations which criminalized and abducted young white paupers in 17th century Britain and swept them onto ships for bondage unto death in the West Indies and British America — is one of the myths necessary to the maintenance of the current system of things, in particular the crushing psychic disorder of white guilt. Covered up in part by means of the imposition of the misleading “indentured servant” euphemism for all cases of white bondage, it continues to demand irrational obeisance in colleges and universities and the mainstream media. 

Enter Jim Goad

Mr. Goad is the indefatigable journalist who wrote The Red Neck Manifesto. He is currently a columnist for Taki’s Magazine, an online weekly. He has chosen to give this writer, in an extensive interview which appears here, the opportunity to refute the deniers. I hope you will take the time to peruse the interview and publicize it.


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