This is hilarious.
Xray, you get onto me about making a blanket statement like "blacks built the USA", but yet you turn around and make a blanket statement, saying, in substance, blacks lacked the ability to do something other than back breaking work. What proof of that do you have?
Sure, those blacks you speak of were illiterate - of the European culture that they were thrust into, that is. That certainly is no basis to judge them on their overall intelligence. That would be like you calling me dumb if I were to be thrust into an Asian culture and I couldn't speak Chinese or Japanese. Absolutely ridiculous statement. Who are you to say that they didn't learn a trade or skill before they were shipped over to America?
Like someone in this thread already stated, many slaves DID learn to read and write, thanks to some whites who were willing to teach them on the sly - but they had to hide their knowledge, because if they didn't, that was their life.
Now, previously, you said that what your fathers and such did have no affect on your life, whatsoever. However, your ancestors probably had the belief that all a black man was good for was to pick cotton and shine shoes. You echo that statement by saying you don't believe blacks of that time period to do anything that required intelligence (which I will prove wrong in a hot second). You carry the same attitude that more than likely, your forefathers carried. That was the mindset in slavery days, and, sadly, in 2011, you still have whites who believe all a black man is good for is shooting a basketball and running a football. I even heard, with my own two ears, someone call a local talk radio show during the '08 presidential election and say that putting a black man in the White House is the equivalent of putting a 2nd string QB in a football game.
Now, to the subject at hand: I was not trying to be misleading by saying "blacks built this country". I recognize that blacks didn't do it single-handedly, but I'll be damned if they didn't play a major part in doing so. Xray, I'll ask the question once more that you so cleverly skirted around in the previous thread where we shared dialogue: if all the work the slaves did was menial, required no real skill, why did they need to go all the way to Africa and get them to do it? Surely they could have done it themselves if it were so menial, correct?
Now you challenged me to point you to something slaves did other than build and clean? You also said that all they knew was what the white man taught them. Well, check this out...
The slaves from West and Central Africa imported the knowledge of growing rice, which grew well in their land, to South Carolina and Georgia. The slaves taught the slave owners how to cultivate this crop. Rice did not grow in Great Britain. Other foods that came from Africa were watermelon, black-eyed peas, sorghum, okra, and millet. The Africans prepared these foods along with various gumbo and rice dishes.
In May, 1862, Robert Smalls, a slave, waited until the crew and captain of the Planter—a confederate ship from Charleston, South Carolina—had gone ashore. Then he, with the help of other slaves and some family members navigated it out of the harbor by posing as the captain, and immediately surrendered it to Union hands. They were rewarded by the US Government shortly thereafter for their efforts (Rose). The ship sailed again with Robert Smalls as captain under the Union flag. After the Civil War, Robert Smalls became a Congressman (Stull 40).
Same source BTW.
Sounds to me that the slave owners bought these slaves BECAUSE of their intelligence, not the lack thereof.