>To a white man's view of slavery. At least in this context. >He has no way to relate. It's just an attempt to minimalize >the genocidal practice of the slave trade.
Here's the kicker - if you read the article, he's not attempting to minimalize the genocidal practice of the slave trade! He's actually trying to show that slavery is/was much more widespread than the Euro-centric/American focused history of slavery that is taught in schools. He's saying that slavery is/was a much bigger problem than most people think.
I think that is important to pay attention to, no?