There are forces in America that try to soften or rewrite the horrific history of slavery by gently calling African slaves "immigrants" or "enslaved workers."
Though to talk about slavery, Jim Crow laws and the lingering residue of those periods (1619-1969) is at times uncomfortable and embarrassing to talk about for Americans, we must not forget it or weaken its historical impact.
I ask this question. If a white girl was kidnapped and sold from America and taken to China to work as a sex slave and maid, would we then call her an immigrant to China?
Words matter, but at times it seems that it only matters for a select group of people. African slaves were forced to come to America to provide free labor to work the new vast lands and help to fulfill the dream of Manifest Destiny. Slavery is not and will never be a "gift" to the black man as some proclaim.
Slaves were not on the shores of Africa begging to be sold to go to America to be with their families there. And yet slavery possesses stories of fortitude and endurance despite the horrors of its reality which is American.