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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 month ago

Does simply being black make you automatically a descendant of slavery?

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  • 1 month ago

    my 10th grandmother was born in west Nimba,  Liberia in 1595 

  • 1 month ago

    NO.  If you cannot trace and document your black ancestors back to per Civil War times (pre 1865) the possibility that you are the descendent of slaves is pretty slim.

    Slaves were property (All Slaves no matter their color) there are records of property that can be found, if you want to do the research.

    Source(s): Genealogical Researcher 50+ years
  • 1 month ago

    Not if, like Barry Obama, you have an ancestor who from Africa who came to America after the Civil War.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    yes, if you're african, somewhere down your family tree there will be a slave.

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  • 1 month ago

    No.  For example Barack Obama is the son of a white woman and a student from Kenya, and Kamala Harris and Colin Powell are the children of immigrants from Jamaica.

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No but who cares when compo is coming .

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No. There are many people who are 'black', at least by the definition of 'black' in the USA, who are normal children of people who have never been slaves. Especially if they have never lived in the Americas.

    When I say 'black by the definition in the USA' I mean anyone with the teensiest weensiest hint of not being of white northern European stock, which seems to be the criterion among some people in the USA.

    Note also that some white Europeans and Britons were taken in slavery by black North Africans to work in slavery in North Africa.   Possibly some of those people had offspring either with other white slaves or with their black African masters.  When? Late 1500s to early 1700s.  Close to peak time when black African slaves were taken to the Americas.  

    Note to M.P.: Black people from the Caribbean are almost certain to be of African ancestry, taken in slavery to work in the harsh sugar plantations there. Some later generations were moved on to North America, or were freed and went to North America (later the USA).

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No of course not you would need to research your ancestry and prove who your ancestors were regardless of the shade of skin you have...... people all over the world for all countries in the world at one time or another and regardless of skin shade have been enslaved by others

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. Some Africans were not descendants of slaves. Some of their ancestors may have been chiefs of clans or kings of their regions.  But most Black people in the Western Hemisphere and in Africa had enslaved ancestors.  In Africa there were Blacks who captured Blacks of other tribes (They got rid of a  enemy and got money from the white slave traders) and those who were victimized by the Belgians in the Congo or other white colonials.

  • 1 month ago

    No, unless you are African.  Africans enslaves each other's tribes all the time, kidnapped women from other tribes, and enslaved each other.

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