Video of the Day: Dem. Sen. Tim Kaine Falsely Claims United States Created Slavery

While speaking on the floor of the United States Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., falsely asserted that the United States created the institution of slavery, completely ignoring thousands of years of human history that says just the exact opposite.

“We need to do much more within the criminal justice system but also within all of our systems to dismantle the structures of racism that our federal, state, and local governments carefully erected and maintained over centuries,” he said.

“There were no laws about slavery in colonies at that time. The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody. We created it. It got created by the Virginia General Assembly and the legislature of other states. It got created by the court systems in colonial America,” he added.

“We created it, and we created it and maintained it over centuries,” he asserted.  He acknowledged that the practice had stopped, but falsely claimed that “we’ve never gone back to undo it.”

So much for the Civil War and the hundreds of thousands of lives it cost.

Here’s the video:

Breitbart fact-checked the man who ran along side Hillary Clinton, noting:

Despite Kaine’s assessment, slavery was not a concept birthed by the founders of the U.S., having existed long before the creation of what came to be known as the United States of America. History is fraught with slavery among various races, cultures, and religions, spanning back to kingdoms and empires across the ancient world — from the Ottoman Empire, to the Byzantine Empire, to China’s Shang dynasty, to the Aztec Empire, to ancient Egypt. What is more, the founders of America were among the first to seriously question the morality of the institution, which had been both accepted and embraced by the world for thousands of years.

Hannah Bleau also quoted Thomas Sowell, who wrote:

Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century. People of every race and color were enslaved – and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.

Everyone hated the idea of being a slave but few had any qualms about enslaving others. Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century – and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of the 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there. But who is singled out for scathing criticism today? American leaders of the 18th century.

It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century.

One person asked:

Good question.

Another person noted:

Good point…  Maybe Kaine thinks Trump did that.

Bleau notes, “the brutal institution of slavery is still embraced in many areas of the world, from China and its mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs to the active slave trade in Libya.”

Hmmm….  Wonder why Kaine never mentioned that?


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