The war on the Confederate Flag
So let’s talk, instead, about who actually owned those slaves. Here’s some information derived from the peer-reviewed research project entitled Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South, by Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roak By the early 1700’s the huge number of free blacks prompted fears of a “Negro insurrection” leading to Virginia Colonial ordering the repatriation of freed blacks back to Africa. But many, if not most blacks, sold themselves to White masters so they would not have to go to Africa. Clever boys!
By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. In 1830, a fourth of the free Negro slave masters in South Carolina owned 10 or more slaves; eight owning 30 or more. Black Duke University professor John Hope Franklin recorded that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28% of the free Negroes in that city. In 1860 there were at least six blacks in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves. The largest number, 152 slaves, were owned by the widow C. Richards and her son P.C. Richards. Another black slave-magnate in Louisiana — with over 100 slaves — was Antoine Dubuclet, the owner of a huge sugar plantation.
In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860, 125 free Negroes owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more. Of the $1.5 million in taxable property owned by free Negroes in Charleston, more than $300,000 (20%) represented slave holdings. In North Carolina69 free Negroes were slave owners.
There are many other examples of black slave owners cited. Some of them even employed White overseers to manage their black slaves. Now, we also know that the proportion of slave-owning Whites in the Confederacy was probably as low as 3%. Sooo… the reality is that many blacks — like sated ticks from a lifetime feasting on White-provided “reparations” — may themselves be the descendants of (black) slave owners. While the antecedents of (today’s) unfortunate White mugs picking up the reparations tab … were almost certainly not slave owners. Isn’t that something else? Also see my post on The Great Slavery Wheeze. >Source