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post #161 of 164 Old 03-13-2012, 01:25 PM
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I would not want the thread to become a discussion of slavery, but I do want to say that there are many kinds of slavery, and were many kinds in the past. For example, the Greeks had slaves. You might consider indentured servents slave or child laborers, slaves. The slavery practiced in the young United States was particularly efficient and cruel, though. The fact that just being of darker skin made it possible for you to be distinguished as a slave meant that it was much harder to escape, both physically, and to escape people's attitude toward you, once you had been emancipated.
American slaves were treated more like livestock; their children were born into slavery, there was no set period to work one's way into freedom , such as indentured servents, they had no rights to really own land, their spouses and children could be removed from them at any time. they could be legally killed by their owners, for a whim.
Because they were believed to be intriniscically inferior, it was felt the were "meant" for slavery, as opposed to an indentured servent, or a warrior who had been captured and forced into slavery. These persons were slaves only due to their circumstances and once freed, they recovered their original position in society.

All slavery is not the same, but American Slavery was perhaps the most hopeless and destructive of them all, with the longest lasting consequences.

This thread seems to stay alive because there is a strong interest or at least strong feelings about race. As long as the discussion is not attacking, rude, or truly racist then I would think it can continue to live.
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This unsettling thread won’t die will it? It seems that most of the content has been nothing to do with horses rather has it been to do with prejudice. As a Brit as I read on and I become aware that race presents much more of a problem for our American cousins than it does for we Europeans.

Gee, make it sound like there is no ethnic discrimination in the UK? Interesting, as even the BBC says it is quite a problem there AND rising;

BBC NEWS | UK | Racial prejudice 'rising in UK' - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Race riots to grip the UK

So, please, before you point fingers across the pond, look in the mirror. It is everywhere.

And, that is not what this thread is about. Horse will, and do, react to various stimuli. Whether it is from remembered wrongs of the past by people having a certain "look" or "smell" or whatever. It is well known that all animals can have these reactions.

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Wow this has gotten off topic...

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post #164 of 164 Old 03-13-2012, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BoldComic View Post
Wow this has gotten off topic...
I concur. For that reason, I've gone ahead and closed this thread.

Anyone who wants to continue the discussion about the colors horses can perceive is welcome to start a new thread in the Horse Talk forum.

Anyone who wants to continue a discussion about race, stereotypes, etc. can do so in the Off Topic forum. Note, however, that since such topics are extremely controversial, any threads that do not discuss them in a respectful manner will be closed, and the posters responsible addressed.
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