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Re: “An open letter to Rep. Jon Hubbard

I read these comments which tantamount to suggest that slavery has been a blessing in disguise to obtaining citizenship of a great country. Yes, at present America is no doubt a great country. But it should never be forgotten that people from many other countries (by what ever reasons) have also contributed in making America a great country. History suggests that before Europeans discovered America, it was the least known entity. It is only when Europeans started exploiting the rich natural resources (including fertile huge agricultural land for cultivation of sugarcane and so on) of America, the need for laborers arose and importation of slaves started. Perhaps Americans were even not aware at that time about their resources/capacity in full. It is only the hard labor of the 'imported laborers' that produced results by way of increased mining and agriculture production. Hence we can not deny the fact that these laborers had contributed immensely in the progress of America; which otherwise would perhaps not been possible at that time.

Immediately after reading these views in the Arkansas Times (September 19, 2012 and comments by Clayton E Lust subsequently), I tried further to know as to what were the facts in the background. To my dismay I read for the first time the various details regarding the slavery system, relationship between masters and slaves, the "Middle Passage" tortures, and so on. Although I am neither an American nor an African, I was totally shattered to read the misery undergone by those who were 'imported laborers'. It was beyond the imagination of any civilized mankind.

Since even at that time certain American people ( such as some of those Doctors who used to medically examine these 'imported laborers' before their being branded with a seal by red hot iron, etc.) were kind enough to at least record in their diaries about the inhuman treatment meted out to these 'imported laborers'; which otherwise would have not even known and believed by the world at large; we should not blame the entire American community as such. Records suggest that there were some 'masters' who used to be considerate to these 'imported laborers' but for petty crimes of stealing, etc. However, the sufferings of the 'imported laborers' always outweighed the little compassion just a few of them might have received.

Today the need of the hour is that every one has to be treated well within the concept of equality, freedom and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution of America; and all should realize the contribution of every individual or group including the 'imported laborers' who have contributed in building the America of today a great country.

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Posted by Jagdish Kumar on 10/24/2012 at 6:05 PM
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