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Monday, March 29, 2004

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Descendants of slaves filed a $1 billion lawsuit Monday against U.S. and British corporations, accusing them of profiting by committing genocide against their ancestors.

Lawyers for the eight plaintiffs said the complaint was the first slave reparations lawsuit to use DNA to link the plaintiffs to Africans who suffered atrocities during the slave trade.

The suit filed in federal court in Manhattan accuses Lloyd's of London, FleetBoston and R.J. Reynolds of "aiding and abetting the commission of genocide" by allegedly financing and insuring the ships that delivered slaves to tobacco plantations in the United States.

The defendants "have destroyed our national and ethnic identity," one of the plaintiffs, Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, said at a news conference announcing the suit.

DNA testing has made a "direct connection" between Farmer-Paellmann and the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone, whose people "were kidnapped, tortured and shipped in chains to the United States," the suit said.

Scientific evidence also has linked the other plaintiffs to tribes in Niger and Gambia, the suit said.

Ellen Matthews, a spokeswoman for R.J. Reynolds, said the company had not received a copy of the suit. Calls to the other defendants were not immediately returned.

In January, a federal judge in Chicago threw out a similar lawsuit brought by descendants of slaves.

So, what do I have to say?

Get the fuck over it.

I'm not saying that I condone slavery or that I'm happy about what happened. I think it was horrible and unjust and disgusting. Just as I think what was done to the Indians, to Jews, to supposed witches, and every other human being that has been persecuted by their fellow man for who they are is sickeningly barbaric and utterly ignorant.

Does that mean I think people should be able to get money for what long-since dead people did to their long-since dead ancestors?

Fuck no.

Let's look at this in another light. You mean to tell me that you are so devastated by what happened to people, blood relatives or not, that you never knew and probably know nothing about, you think you should get money for what they suffered - from people that had nothing to do with what the caused pain?

So, by your reckoning, since I am a witch, I should be able to go and sue the residents of Salem, Massachusetts for burning my forbearers? By your reasoning, since I am Cajun, I and my family should all be able to sue Canada for exiling my people in the 1750's - tearing apart families and sending many, in their quest for new homes, to their deaths?

No. Not no, but hell no. Are you fucking stupid? You are suing corporations that didn't even exist back then for having something to do with your fucking ancestors being slaves? I fail to make the connection.

You don't care about the rights of blacks - the horrible mark on humanity that was slavery or the thousands that suffered during that time because of it. All you greedy assholes care about is MONEY. If you really cared about what happened - then you'd do something to show it. Fight for black rights, stand up for what you believe in - suing someone doesn't make a statement for your cause; other than to show your cause is nothing more than making your greedy, lazy ass rich. Your cause is you. Fuck you for taking the pain and humiliation that so many suffered and trying to use it to further your bank account. Fuck you.

Almost everyone in America has ancestors that were persecuted. America was started by people escaping persecution; it is the melting pot it is today because so many peoples from so many lands have come here to escape that very thing. Who is to say one plight is worse than the next - that the horrors wrought on any of our ancestors were more than those around us? The fact is, it doesn't matter. You have no right to any compensation for what others have suffered. None. All of our ancestors, at one time or another, coming from more primitive and barbaric times, have suffered horrible atrocities. This is fact...and history. And it is nothing more than a tool to learn from, and a marker of how we have advanced.

Nobody owes you anything for what those people - your ancestors - suffered. Indeed, you make a mockery of their true suffering by this ignorant act you are committing. If they were alive today, I've no doubt they'd be ashamed. Ashamed that their own blood were slaves still to a different master; slaves to the almighty dollar.

- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 5:09 PM

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