Class Warfare Blog

March 23, 2013

Put Them to The Question!

To put someone “to the question” was a phrase associated with the Inquisition and while I intend no torture, I expect more than a little discomfort.

The people to whom “the question” needs to be put are those who, like the guy at the CPAC gathering blurted out that slaves should have been grateful for the food in their bellies and the roofs over their heads (apparently he didn’t know that slaves mostly had to build their own shelter and grow their own food . . . after work, of course). Other pro-slavery comments seem to come from the Christian Right and, predictably, from Southern politicians.

Appalling. For every one who utters such appallingly ignorant views, I suggest the question below to be put:

You are awoken from sleep, clapped in handcuffs and ferried in the dark to a new location. There you are forced to work for free, are expected to eat very substandard food, and sleep in very substandard circumstances. Complaints result in beatings if you are male and rapes if you are female. You may be sold to some other but you get none of your purchase price. Your life doesn’t change. If you try to escape your bondage, you will be mutilated or crippled but not so much that you cannot still work . . . for free. The question is: “Would you volunteer for this?”

If slavery were such a fucking bargain, if Africans were to benefit so much for being exposed to American culture and be given free food and free shelter, would they not have volunteered?

There were such cases, called indentured servants, mostly involving poor Europeans but there were laws and rules governing how they were to be treated, and there was a time limit with each such contract. If you were abused by your “bondsman” you had legal recourse. No such guarantees were offered to slaves.

All of the above mentioned idiots need to have the question put to them. If they answer “yes” you will know everything you need to know about them. If they answer “no,” there might be (just “might” be) some hope for them.


  1. I read about this assclown and the comments he made… and the applause he got. Honestly, the temptation to divide the country must be tempting for the rational north.


    Comment by john zande — March 23, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • There is a Southern psychosis that I believe stems from the slavery years. Southerners lived in constant fear of slave revolts, that they would be slain in their beds by the rebelling slaves. (This is well documented.) When slavery was finally done away with, this fear turned into memes that effectively said black people had to be controlled or bad things would happen and thus we got the Jim Crow laws, voter suppression, etc. These memes have been passed from generation to generation in the forms of catch phrases, racial jokes, etc. I was the recipient of many of these even though I grew up in California. So, to be accepted by your friends, you had to show you shared their values and attitudes and in effect spread the memes. While many in the South have outgrown these, many more have not.

      Public humiliation might help. Public repudiation will help. Look at what has happened to smoking in the U.S. or guns in Australia.


      Comment by stephenpruis — March 23, 2013 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

      • True. And I’m 100% with you on the public humiliation. It is the best method to bring about change. Ridicule is a powerful tool.


        Comment by john zande — March 23, 2013 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  2. As I southern hard-core conservative, let me say that slavery is bad. For the record.

    But, for the record, the Democratic party has plenty of history. Not to mention, recent elections have seen many minorities elected by republicans.

    And, by the way, I had a neighbor who would argue politics with me into the wee hours, some nights. Bigtime Dem. In 2008, he told me he was voting Republican because he couldn’t bring himself to vote for a “ni….”.

    Don’t put this on conservatism. And don’t put it on southerners (that’s offensive to me as a multi-generation Texan). It’s an idiot problem. No more.

    I can see how it’s damning that this knucklehead spoke at CPAC, but I guaranty, he’s pretty much ruined by it.


    Comment by conservative2cents — March 23, 2013 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • I did not mean to paint all Southeners or Conservatives with the same brush. After all I live in this country’s most racial segregated city: Chicago which is both and liberal and northern. But I think the trends I have written of are there and we need to confront them, one idiots at a time if necessary.



      Comment by stephenpruis — March 23, 2013 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  3. You could pose a simpler question: “if you think people should be thankful for food and shelter, shouldn’t you be thankful to spend a few years in prison?”


    Comment by List of X — March 24, 2013 @ 1:21 am | Reply

    • But the comments are directed at slavery and this would miss the point.


      Comment by stephenpruis — March 24, 2013 @ 7:35 am | Reply

      • I know, but if this person clearly has no idea what the slavery was, he should have some idea how prisons work. At least in prison he wouldn’t have to work dawn to dusk, wouldn’t have to worry (maybe a little) about getting killed for disobedience of whipped for arguing with the guards, and could still look forward to getting out in several years.


        Comment by List of X — March 24, 2013 @ 11:49 am | Reply

        • And the whole concept of being a “bunk muffin” is probably beyond him. Maybe if I included in the scenario that he is handcuffes and taken away in a black helicopter … hmmm, I will work on it.



          Comment by stephenpruis — March 24, 2013 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

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