Religion And Veiws On Slavery.

Although this is by no means a new correlation, I think that it is important to bring up once more. Last week, we got to discuss the rather madding views of Jupiter Hammon. His views on slavery rested on this key concept; “obey thy master”, or your experience as a slave will be ten times worse. As we discussed, a part of this mantra stems from how were religion (their work was distributed to the masses via white slave owners.) Keeping this concept in mind, Douglas’s views as recorded in Sernett’s work really struck me. Again, we see the same platform being used, but the total opposite side of the scale. As cliché as it may seem practically in the case of slave experience and treatment, I do to a degree, believe that events and experiences are influenced greatly upon personal experience. Recall that Hammon grew up on the kinder side of slavery, as a result, he stands on the grounds that slaves owe their master’s obedience based on all that has been provided for them. In contrast, Douglas points the sickening hypocrisy that sees in slave owners on a daily bases, claiming that the same men who would preach love of God on Sunday, would also beat their slaves bloody that coming Monday. Another important thing that I took of, was how Douglas attempted to clarify his point in the concluding paragraphs. He goes on to state that his dislike of Christians only applies to slaveholders. Both Hammon and Douglas proclaimed themselves to be of the Christian faith, but manipulate scripture and belief to their own personal advantage. Further, take the infamous Tuner rebellion into account. This was more or less a planned slaughter to get back at white slave-owners. From the compilations that we had to read this week, I took away one focal point; cruelty breeds cruelty, and compassion works on the same platform. We define things by our personal experiences at the time. This does not mean this is the way things were 27/4. It is important in the issue of slavery and slave experience to not simply rely on generalized experiences and proclaim these grouped experieces were e v e r y o n e ‘ s reality.

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