US academic Mark Anthony Neal was one of the guests on yesterday’s show about domestic violence. One of his comments has sparked a whole separate discussion which we’ll continue today.
Prof Neal asserted that the experiences of the slave trade and its aftermath still have a direct effect on the behaviour and lives of African Americans today.
Here’s an email we had from Chad in Kentucky in response. It was one of many that we received.
‘Are you even going to challenge Mark? He just blamed Chris Brown hitting his girlfriend on slavery. That’s a fine thing to contemplate, but where’s his evidence? You could blame every negative thing a black American does on slavery. You’ve put him on your programme with his assertion, it’s your responsibility to challenge him to do more than just theorize without evidence.’
Chad, thanks for your email and we’ll take your lead and spend an hour exploring Prof Neal’s argument today.
The one thing we’ve added is to make the show about the effect of the slave trade on black people’s lives rather than only African Americans.
Listen back to yesterday’s show here – the part about slavery is around 5 mins into the audio: