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Subject:  Re: One for the Obama Nutjob crowd Date:  10/23/2012  5:57 PM
Author:  warrl Number:  650477 of 878837

The weird thing is that Obama is actually just as white as he is black. 50/50. His mother was lily white. The irony here is that Obama's ancestors may have owned slaves!!

The simple fact is that the large majority of Africans taken out of Africa as slaves were sold to white slave-traders by black rulers - anything from village chiefs to kings of large areas. Slave traders did capture a few blacks on their own, but that was very much the exception because it was easier and faster to buy them.

And when Britain - which ruled the seas at the time, to the extent that anyone did - decided to end the Atlantic slave trade it was devastating to many of those black rulers.

Arab slave-traders did more or less the same, and were more common on Africa's east coast which is where Obama's black ancestry lies. So Obama's ancestors probably did not sell slaves to be shipped to the Americas or western Europe, but may have sold some to be shipped to Arabia or Iran.
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