In the link below, read the brief excerpt from David Walker’s An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World (1830). Though his father, a slave, had died before his birth, Walker nevertheless knew slavery all too well. Discuss the ways Walker describes slavery in America. How does he argue that it conflicts with American ideals? What, according to Walker, do slave owners (or Americans in general) think of slaves? What role does Christianity play in his argument?

In Appeal to the Colored People of the World, Walker describes that slavery is wretched and inhumane. He explains how slave owners use their positions of power to justify false ideologies of white superiority. He also points out how slavery contradicts the ideals of equality that America was founded on, and the key tenets of Christianity.

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In Appeal to the Colored People of the World, Walker describes slavery as inhumane and cruel. He also explains the connections between slavery and systemic racism. He argues that because slave owners hold slaves in chains, slaves “wish to be white.” Walker says they are wrong and that African Americans are grateful to God for creating them “as it pleased himself.” Here we see how white Americans used slavery as justification for ideologies of white supremacy, and then used those ideologies of white supremacy to justify slavery. Yet ultimately these beliefs in racial inferiority were constructed to reap the economic benefits of free labor.

Walker expresses a great deal of anger about American hypocrisy regarding slavery. He specifically highlights how the country’s Declaration of Independence proclaims that “all men are created equal,” yet treats slaves as property.

Walker also points to specific details in the Bible to draw parallels between how slavery is described in the Old Testament with slavery in the United States. He explains that slavery conflicts with the appeals of Christianity. He argues that the God in the Christian Bible is a just God, who does not discriminate amongst men. These connections to Christianity lead Walker to question how Americans who call themselves Christians could permit slavery.

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