The Abhorrence of Slavery: A Historical Perspective

Slavery is an abhorrent and morally indefensible practice that has plagued human history for centuries, fundamentally violating the principles of equality, freedom, and human dignity. The enslavement of one person by another, marked by dehumanization and denial of basic human rights, has caused immeasurable suffering, fractured families, and perpetuated a legacy of racial discrimination and inequality that persists today. It serves as a grim reminder of the depths of cruelty and inhumanity humans are capable of, underlining the urgency of continued vigilance against such reprehensible practices.

The history of slavery is not limited to one region or period. While many are familiar with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Middle East also has a long history of slavery, spanning roughly from 700 AD to the mid-19th century. For over a millennium, various forms of slavery existed in the Middle East, involving enslaved people from different regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. The scale and specifics of Middle Eastern slavery varied across time and place.

Cancel culture, a term used to describe the widespread practice of boycotting or ostracizing individuals or entities due to perceived offensive or objectionable behavior.  Today US Army installations are changing names to accommodate those who find names of confederate generals offensive. The goal of cancel culture is to serve as a modern day the abolitionist movement, that seeks to challenge and rectify injustices of the past. If this is true, then why don’t these same individuals find the Middle East slave trade just as objectionable?

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