Recently a demonically evil book has been published that celebrates the intrinsic evil of abortion, Shout Your Abortion. If a book celebrating slavery had been published in the mid nineteenth century, what follows would be the words of a pro-slavery reviewer of the book.
Slavery is normal. Our stories of our slaves are ours to tell. Because this truth is crystal clear and undeniable, this is not a subject for discussion or debate.
This new book, Shout Your Slave!, with multiple black-and-white lithographs, will be the tool for people of sensitivity and intelligence to change the anti-choice, anti-property culture not only here in America, but worldwide.
As someone who has had slaves, and has one now, and had access to a legal, free market that could be in jeopardy and gone with the legislative wind, I welcome any effort to reduce the artificial witch-hunt stigma associated with slavery, and the new efforts to normalize the choice that allowed me to have my first slave some years ago. I am so excited to see the new book, Shout Your Slave!, and the new network of pro-slavery activists “shouting” their slave stories.
This just-published book, here at the end of 1852 A.D., is a 924-page statement, a new, powerful, and important statement about individual freedom, freedom of choice, property rights in general, and about the law of the land, the constitutional right to slavery in particular. Anyone who has experienced the joy of having a slave will agree the new book describes in real-world detail how empowering, and yes even ennobling, it can be to make the decision to obtain a slave, as well as the ongoing decision to keep one for some time, if not for life –either one’s own life or the life of the slave.
Storytelling, in this case also truth-telling, is the basis for Shout Your Slave! celebrations nationwide. People share their experiences, many of them even bring their slaves with them to illustrate the truth of each person’s (i.e. the slave owners) experiences.
The movement has been the impetus for many with slaves to make their own artwork normalizing slavery. In some cases, as the book’s preface joyfully recounts, proclaiming one’s support of slavery on one’s slave’s body can be incredibly effective. It is truly surprising how many people can be engaged in conversation when viewing artwork and manifestos right there on the body of a living slave. In some reported cases, after viewing the bodies of slaves, both male and female, those who had been on the fence have been encouraged to choose, and purchase their very own slave.
“I shout the word ‘SLAVERY’ on the body of both of my slaves,” writes one commentator. “Others, when they view the graphics and read my slaves bodies, they start talking about their own slaves, their mother’s slaves, or their grandparents slaves, and sweet and precious memories from their youth. I’ve talked with stay-at-home plantation owner’s mothers, slave market clerks, and dozens of children who truly care for their slaves like they were human family.”
Throughout the pages of Shout Your Slave! – if you have had the utter joy of slave owning – you will see stories like your own and those of your peers. One slave owner after another tells their truths, the circumstances surrounding the purchase of their slaves(s), while others speak of what it’s been like for them living with their slaves, their slaves serving them in an era still so rife with condemnation and hate. Many of the stories voice the themes of free ownership and empowerment.
“Slavery is not simply a women’s issue, it is a universal human rights issue,” says the introduction to the book. “Indeed, not only men and women have slaves, but there are many children who themselves own slaves. It is the telling of these important truths that highlight the need for this critical care for all people.”
“Again and again,” says Dr. Jessica Taney as quoted in the book, “when a woman buys her first slave, or a caring father or husband does so for her, it’s the same celebration, it’s the same joy, it’s the same relief.” She goes on: “Allowing these women to exercise their right to choose their property, and then seeing their relief and gratitude when they leave the market … it’s overwhelming. Teenage girls have been especially overcome with emotion.”
“I am a not a bad person and my slaves made me feel good,” the book’s author shares in her personal story. “It’s makes excellent sense to be joyful that you were not forced to do things you did not want to do.”
One young woman who shared her personal “slavery shout,” said, “Shout Your Slave! helped me know that I am not alone, that slavery is normal, and that I have everything to be proud of, and should feel no shame. The stories of all the women, especially those after they had gotten their first slave, they strengthened me and made me feel like I had some power again over my life.”
Most people who read this book have said that now they understand the situations and feelings of those who choose to have a slave, even if they are personally opposed to slavery. The more astute ones have made the inevitable connection between slavery and freedom, slavery and personal power, slavery and wealth, and slavery and the ability to determine one’s destiny.
I have a slave and I would, absolutely, buy another one. So my hope is that Shout Your Slave! will help people to talk with those around them about this freedom. With the publication of Shout Your Slave!, people are sharing slave stories and taking action against the legislative and judicial attacks on slavery rights in the United States. This is because there is the very real possibility of the overturning of the court decision that found, correctly, that slaves are property, which could mean the widespread criminalization of slavery.
Going forward based on the strength and power of people’s emotions will make it possible to overcome new legal hurdles for exercising this basic human right. Equally important, should a new group of men legislate differently from the Supreme Court bench, will be disseminating resources for concealing a slave, including the information in the how-to-hide-a-slave chapter included in the book. A possibly achievable dream is that, after this battle is won, the U.S. government will provide slaves to all, especially women, who need them.
No matter what the courts do, this is absolutely certain: As long as there are human beings, there will be those of us who need to, and also have a right to, enslave others.