Saturday, March 3, 2007

Obama's Ancestors: Slave Owners?

Obama's ancestors may have owned slaves
NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

ObamaWASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama, who would be the first black president, has white ancestors who owned slaves, according to a genealogical researcher.

The researcher, William Addams Reitwiesner, says the discovery is part of his first draft of research into Obama's roots. Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother was a white woman from Kansas.

Wow. This after Obama started making gains with black voters. The same black voters that Hillary has been buying off with cash and promises.

Who could possibly gain from this hit piece on Obama? Hmm...


blair said...

It is not surprising that Obama has slave owners in his family tree. Virtually all Americans, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have ancestors who owned slaves. Many African Americans who researched their family trees would be shocked to discover that have black as well as white ancestors who were slave owners. In the United States, free blacks as well as whites owned slaves (one of the South’s biggest slave owner was a freed black man notorious for his harsh treatment of his slaves). The percentage of free blacks who owned slaves was small, as was the percentages of whites who owned slaves, but the intricacies of the genetic pool guarantee that virtually everyone is related to them. African Americans who traced their heritage back to Africa would discover that virtually all their African ancestors were involved in the slave traded. The African tribes ran the “supply side” of the Atlantic slave trade. The ancestors of Hispanic Americans owned both black and Indian slaves. American Indian tribes practiced slavery both before and after the European discovery of America. (The Cherokee Nation, for example, voted overwhelmingly yesterday (3 March 07) to revoke the tribal citizenship of about 2,800 blacks who are descendants of Cherokee slaves.

It makes no diference which side of the Mason-Dixie line you were born in. Slavery was practiced in all the Northern states prior to the American Civil War and was still being practiced in many of the Northern states during the Civil War. That's why Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation applied only to states that had rebelled against the Union.

fabulinus said...


Your assertios are misleading at best. If your contention is that somewhere in all of our ancestries, thousands of years back even, that there is an almost certainty that one our ancestors owned slaves, then I can accept that assertion.

If however, you are asserting that virtually every American has ancestors who owned slaves IN AMERICA, then you are absolutely wrong.

Ex: I am not Italian, but I have friends who are 100% Italian. They can trace their ancestry, all of it, directly back to Italy. The first in their lineage to come to America came long after slavery was abolished, as did everyone they married.

This is actually true of countless millions of white Americans.

The idea that the "American gene pool" gaurentees that nearly every current American has ancestors who owned slaves is false. Maybe in another 20-50 generations that might be true, but so many million Americans immigrated to America AFTER slavery was abolished, and have married the progeny of other immigrants who came to America after slavery was abolished, that finding a white American who has no ancestry with ties to American slavery should be easier than the converse.