Does simply being black make you automatically a descendant of slavery?
- Free AdviceLv 61 month ago
my 10th grandmother was born in west Nimba, Liberia in 1595
- ObserverLv 71 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
- PeriferalistLv 71 month ago
Not if, like Barry Obama, you have an ancestor who from Africa who came to America after the Civil War.
- Anonymous1 month ago
yes, if you're african, somewhere down your family tree there will be a slave.
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- StephenWeinsteinLv 71 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.
- FLv 61 month ago
No but who cares when compo is coming .
- Anonymous1 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).
- MaxiLv 71 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
- MarliLv 71 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.
- babyboomer1001Lv 71 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.