A Review of ‘The Problem of Slavery in Christian America’, Part 4: The Slave Trade and Slave Breeding

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: McDurmon’s Rejection of Christendom and Embrace of Egalitarianism
Part 3: McDurmon’s Use of Sources

 

Joel McDurmon makes several claims about the specific abuses suffered by black Africans at the hands of white Christians. The majority of McDurmon’s book is dedicated to chronicling these abuses in order to explain the horrors of American slavery. The claims McDurmon makes are extremely tenuous. Let’s begin by examining McDurmon’s claims about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as accusations of “slave breeding” in order to increase the slave population.

The Slave Trade

McDurmon’s anti-white animus is obvious in his portrayal of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, as he seeks to divert blame from African chieftains and assign all blame to white Europeans. During his discussion on manstealing McDurmon discusses the argument that “if we blame whites, we ought just as strongly to blame the African chieftains.”1 McDurmon responds by insisting that “although chieftains bear responsibility, they played only a facilitative role once the Portuguese started the trade. . . . This new demand was a ‘new force’ which affected areas of Africa in new ways. Prior to western involvement, slavery within these parts of Africa was largely a

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