Sometimes it’s hard to fathom that someone who is a part of your lineage was just no good. Like the family of William Prince Ford, the slave owner of Solomon Northrup, depicted in print and in the movie 12 Years a Slave. In this New York Post article, a descendent says

“By all accounts, my great-great-grandfather treated his slaves well and did his best for them.”

Even Northrup wrote of his slavemaster in kind terms, noting that

“There never was a more kind, noble, candid, Christian man than William Ford.”

But it is ironic that the terms slave, and treated well, can be put in the same sentence with such ease, in describing one of the greatest evils to occur on American soil. Because a slave who is truly treated well, is not a slave at all, but a free man.