The Hampton idea was based on promoting the belief in an inevitable black moral inferiority, a moral feebleness, that would take generations to correct. It was also based on promoting the belief that slavery had been the best thing that ever happened to Hampton students and other freed slaves, for without slavery, there would have been no opportunity to move beyond the savagery of the Dark Continent and to become Christians. Slavery provided the rescue from moral ruin!
If you thought the days of pumping the benefits of slavery were in the past, check out this clip from a present-day op-ed:
Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.”
The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves. . . .