Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Debunking White Supremacist Myths: The Barbary Pirates, White Slaves, and Racist Agendas

Davis wants to argue that since the Barbary pirates were not racist in their enslaving tactics (as they would enslave anyone who was not Muslim) then Europeans were not racist.

So this post is about the Barbary Pirates and the white slave trade. What the heck is that you may ask? Well from the 16-19th centuries there were some, more or less independent, states in North Africa (modern day Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya). These states together were known as the Barbary States and what they were famous for were the Corsairs. Basically these guys were pirates whose primary trade was to raid coastal towns on the European side of the Mediterranean Sea. They also raided ships and took as captives many white European men, women, and children. These people were sold into slavery, generally staying within the Barbary states and they were used for hard manual labor. I thank Wikipedia for this basic outline and the artwork. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_slave_trade
There endeth the lesson, because what this post is about is the perception of white victimhood. Now let me talk about Robert Davis.
Robert C. Davis is a professor of history at Ohio State university and he has published a rather bold little book entitled “Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800″.