Art by JC Vincent
Freedom herself was of mixed ancestry, and her African ancestors were among those who had been enslaved and brought to America beginning in 1619 to work as free labor. Apparently, indentured servants cost whites too much. Before someone got the bright idea to build a whole country with free labor, Africans were explorers and as just as free as any other man. As indentured servants, blacks and poor whites banded together until the elite invented racism to divide and conquer them. Manufactured racism justified slavery and helped poor whites feel like at least they weren’t black; this in effect divided and conquered the servants’ inclination to unite across race lines and push back against the elite.