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Slavery was righteous in its time. Agree or disagree.

Asked by: steffon66
  • It was okay to do a lot of things in the past.

    Rape, looting and pillaging was looked as a righteous reward for the winners in war. Slavery for the losing nations was not only a common outcome, but a necessity to accomplish the population growth, economic stability and farming communities that led us to today. We don't have a need for it now thus there is nothing moral of it today, but at that time it was normal.

  • This needs some qualification.

    To start with, I am a White male conservative, living in the south, whose family arrived in the late 1800s (I.E. 1894) and became sharecroppers.

    Now that has been said, on to my argument. If you study the religious outlook of those who lived in the south during the time period slavery was common, Statistically, almost all slave owners in the south were of the protestant christian belief set (Excluding Louisiana) and for these people, slavery had been outlined and ordained by the bible (old testament, more on that in a minute). For these people, the christian thing to do was to own slaves as help, but to threat those they owned with the same care one would give to a friend. This was not the normal treatment for those plantations who owned more than ten slaves a majority of the time. However, statistically speaking, most slaves in the contiguous united states at the time were owned in groups of less than ten.

    Now that we have a more accurate picture of slavery in the united states and the colonies, we may now begin to look at the morality of slavery, both today, and as perceived by those who practiced it. Now as we all know today, slavery is wrong, even if you remove all moral principles from it, it is now impractical (Again, Not an argument for modern slavery). At the time, massive amounts of labor were first needed for sugar and rice crops, then tobacco, and finally cotton. When indentured servitude began to fail to meet the labor needs, many jumped towards slavery as a more economical, if less humane solution. So after years of use, slavery became ingrained into the social psyche and thus became the norm. As we all know, once something is rendered "normal" it is not long before it is seen as morally right by those around it. Because of that, slavery APPEARED to be righteous in its time.

  • It was acceptable and commonplace at the time.

    The slaves were not people under US law at the time. They were simply chattel to be used as the owner saw fit. That is very important, because they, like animals, had no rights save what the largesse of their masters would grant them, subject to removal. Everyone who was anyone owned slaves, because it was cheaper. That alone made it justifiable and righteous, as people were using their property to their own perceived benefit.
    Now go away, apologists and whatnot. Live your lives as fellow and equal people.

  • It was acceptable.

    Not that it was considered admirable or praiseworthy but that it was considered an accepted practice. Back in those days, conquering a group of people meant you took from them any way of resistance. This usually meant that everyone of that nation was either killed, sold into slavery. There were exception but that is another subject. The reason for this action was because if they just let a past enemy go, they could regroup and revolt. In a way, they may have thought that letting them live as a slave was more humane than killing them but that is arguable. Still, with so many kingdoms taking over other kingdoms, it was common to capture them as slaves. Problem was, even keeping them alive as slaves did not guarantee they would not try to escape and/or lead a revolt. This is why they tended to either sell slaves to other outside allies or use them outside the area they came from.
    For the most part, they probably did not consider a slave as being equal to themselves, that they were just property. Remember, at the time, many patriarchal groups even considered women as property. In this manner, slaves would be looked at similar to a work animal that was to do the masters bidding.
    Today, we use animals for various reasons. Most people have no issue with eating or keeping animals as it is generally an accepted practice. In those days, it would be looked at in the same manner.

  • IT was Hypocritical

    The slave owners claimed to be Christians, yet they clearly disobeyed God by imprisoning and enslaving his people ( which are all people) showing a clear disregard to him, his creation, and the slaves themselves. Keep in mind that most countries had banned slavery by this time, so it was deemed unacceptable

  • Of Course Not!!!!!

    Owning another person as property is not and has never been good or moral. I can only begin to imagine the rationalizations and hypotheticals necessary to support the claim that it ever was or could be a good thing. It is bad for societies and it is sure as hell bad for the slaves. The God of the bible is wrong on this one.

  • Depends.... The question isn't exact enough.

    The question should be refined, cause one can take multiple meanings from it.

    First, if one is asking; was it righteous for the people at the time? For most people yes. For those who really believed that slaves were sub-human, one cannot blame them for going along with what was normal at the time. Of course, it was not righteous for those who enjoyed the torture, and took pleasure out of it, just like it is morally incorrect for people to torture animals.

    Second interpretations: was it righteous from a absolute sense at the time?: No. Slaves are people, just like us, therefore its morally incorrect to treat them differently.

    Someday in the future, people might look at us and think that we are morally despicable because we breed animals to kill and eat them. Its morally acceptable now, but it might not be in the future. Same goes for having pets. One can look at pets are basically animals in prison. A nice prison, but still in prison. People of the future might look at this as being morally inacceptable.

  • Slavery is Evil

    I am a southern white boy but even I can see that slavery was evil. To take a man's freedom is the worst thing that you can do. I think i would rather be dead than be a slave. How could slavery be righteous? That would imply that it was either awesome or honorable. Even if a lot of people owned slaves back in the day that didn't make it ok. If everyone you knew killed killed Jews would it be okay for you to do it too? Also even though I think slavery is evil I still liked the confederacy more than the union. The civil war really was also about states rights. We need more states rights and a smaller government.

  • Righteous!!! What does this mean

    My departure is from the word righteous- by definition morally right or justifiable.

    By removing religious connotations to the word, and using humility as a yard stick the we can judge the following:
    -forcing someone to labor through dominance
    -beating, lynching people
    -separating families
    -raping woman
    -owning and holding people as animals
    -- other cruel acts of slavery

    In your heart, do you think this is right?
    If yes, would you be willing to be subjected to the same?

    "Ubuntu" meaning humility is a cornerstone to the way africans live and interact with each other. As the race most affected by slavery, Imagine how they felt.

    This question does not warrant debate further.

  • No sh*t sherlock

    Ill just get this out of the way: slavery bad. Very bad. Always.

    Now im sorry whoever made this poll and agreed eith the statement im sorry you didnt get you're daily dose of attention this morning but a way to get people to acknowledge you is not to do such a deeply insulting and unacceptable thing.

  • Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

    There is absolutely nothing that has changed that would make slavery appropriate then and inappropriate now. If its wrong today to beat someone to death then it was also wrong then to beat someone to death. Its not like beating someone to death or owning a slave is a logical necessity. If slavery was necessary for a successful society then the right thing to do would be to become a slave yourself. If your not willing to do it then why would you put someone else through it. Not to mention even if slavery was needed by ancient societies they didnt need to beat them to death like the bible says they can do righteously for any reason including disliking the slave. Also if we cant survive in this world without doing evil then the right thing to do would be to kill ourselves so we dont have to suffer and so we dont cause suffering for others. That or be the victim and not the evil doer. It is never right to hurt someone unless they are hurting you or have hurt you. To punish someone for the color of their skin is ridiculous. You might as well punish them because its raining becuase the color of their skin is just as far beyond their control as the rain. I dont know how anyone can think that our ancestors were righteous. Just goes to show that a lot of people arent any better than they were.

  • Slavery was horrible

    Slavery whether done in Europe, Asia, Africa, the middle east, america or anywhere else was awful. A human being was denied basic human rights and was forced to suffer for the benefit of a nother. Slavery still continues in many parts of the world. Forced prostitution or sex slavery is common.

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steffon66 says2015-06-29T18:03:12.360
Thanks to everyone who said no. I dont even know why the people on the left call themselves human. You deserve to be treated like slaves were treated if you think it was righteous. You guys are the its only wrong if its happening to me kind of people. Now for the people on the no side.... If slavery wasnt right then then do you think racism misogyny and all that other horrible crap was right? If they thought it was right and it was wrong then they didnt know right from wrong. So how do you know that you know right from wrong.
steffon66 says2015-06-29T18:03:46.433
They didnt know they were were wrong so how can you expect to know when your wrong
steffon66 says2015-06-29T18:04:33.880
An i dont know is much better than false certainty or assuming.