quote:Originally posted by DivineJoy:quote:Originally posted by kresge:quote:Originally posted by DivineJoy:
The West African Kings (Mali and Songhai empires) are the ones who sold their enemies as slaves to America. Their religion was mainly Islam. The people they sold....worshiped the God in Heaven. Yep, you're a descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel.
May I ask, what empirical data (historical, anthropological, or archaeological) you have to substantiate such a claim? To my knowledge, the scholarship simply does not support such a claim, whether we are talking about the research of Albert Raboteau, John Blassingame, Yvonne Chireau, Riggins Earl, or the older work of Mays, Du Bois, Herskovits, Frazier, et al.
I believe you have asked me this question before. There are documentaries out about West Africans asking for forgiveness because they feel the slave trade by their forefathers is the reason for all the woes of Africa.
Both were by NOVA.
There may be people who believe this, or who try to make some kind of causal connection between such events. That does not make it true. More importantly, I seriously doubt there is a claim that the enslaved where members of the 12 tribes of Israel. That is what I find at the very least problematic about your assertion. If you have citations to respected scholarship that substantiates such a claim, I would be more than welcome to amend my opinion.