In an interview with ABC News, President Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that, "There's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been.”
If history is a truth-barometer, then the President is wrong.
Starting in 1619 until 1865, Americans of White European descent enslaved Africans stolen from the West Coast of Africa.
Historians believe that millions of Africans died while traveling to Western hemisphere during the ‘middle passage’.
Upon arrival in what would later become the United States, Africans enslaved by White colonists and later White-Americans, were treated with astounding brutality.
Families of the enslaved were routinely broken up by their masters, for profit, punishment, or for no reason at all. Sexual violence and rape were used to keep the enslaved in line. The children borne of these rapes were often enslaved alongside with their mother and siblings.
Americans tend to romanticize the relationship between the likes of President Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings, however, Hemings had no legal right to resist the force of her owner since the law at the time considered her ‘property’.
Trump’s comment shows a mind that is ignorant of the most basic historical facts of the nation that he is supposed to lead.