Are You Still A Slave? In , do African-Americans still exhibit slave-like behaviors? I encourage your readers to check out my book which is a test book designed to help us discover how much of a slave we are still acting like without a slave master. We need to consider how our ancestral history affects our behavior and decisions. We tend to think that slavery happened so long ago and that slavery has nothing to do with anything happening today. Slavery has an effect on us today because everything we are experiencing now is a result of history.
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Are You Still A Slave? In , do African-Americans still exhibit slave-like behaviors? I encourage your readers to check out my book which is a test book designed to help us discover how much of a slave we are still acting like without a slave master.
We need to consider how our ancestral history affects our behavior and decisions. We tend to think that slavery happened so long ago and that slavery has nothing to do with anything happening today. Slavery has an effect on us today because everything we are experiencing now is a result of history. Habits, ideas, and behaviors all have historical perceptive.
Over time, things morph into other things but they all have a root. In our case, a lot of our negative behaviors, especially our hatred toward each other, is rooted in our slave history. Phillips: Can you provide me with some examples from your book that describe current slave-like behaviors?
Ali: In the work environment, in an attempt to get in good with white people, to get a raise, or to get brownie points, we tend to run to white people to report on other black people. So we have traded in the buttered biscuit for brownie points or a possible promotion. Also, when we have a black manager or supervisor, sometimes the black manager will be extra hard on the black employees.
We see very similar behavior today with black managers who sometimes pass over qualified black employees and promote a less qualified white employee instead. We were all in the same condition but black men were not able to protect and defend black women.
We still buy our children white dolls because we think that white dolls are the most beautiful dolls. We complain about little black girls having white dolls but their black mothers, black fathers, or black grandparents are the ones that are purchasing these white dolls.
Phillips: What are your thoughts on the recently released slave-related movies such as 12 Years A Slave, Belle, and Lincoln? Before the main character became a slave, the slave catchers tricked him by taking him to Washington DC and putting him up in a big fancy hotel.
Then later in the movie, they woke the slaves up in the middle of the night to come and dance at the big house. In that scene, all the slaves had on pajamas. Come on! During the day, all of the slaves wore perfectly pressed and starched outfits. Give me a break! Twenty years from now, children who watch 12 Years A Slave might not think slavery was that bad.
After all, you had a roof over your head and food to eat. They are trying to convince us that slavery was about being forced to work, which it was not. Slavery was the robbery of our culture, our diet, our names, our God, our language, our politics, and our story. Slavery was the complete removal of everything that we stood for and our belief system. In reality, nobody had mercy on us. None of the men of God in the white community had mercy for us. When movies are released about the Jewish Holocaust, the films clearly show the harsh and brutal realities of what occurred to the Jewish people.
They will make it look like the slaves had a place to stay, food, and everybody has a little garden to work in beside their home. And they will try to slip in a happy ending. So how did slaves have all of these comforts pressed clothes, shaved faces, combed hair, and pajamas during the height of slavery?
Phillips: What should African-Americans do to overcome behaving like slaves? We have some of the solutions but we are afraid to trust and support each other. All the other days, we are giving our money away to white folks and Asians. We can stop celebrating all the white people holidays. We are eating filth and then we brag about how good the filth tastes.
We need to stop jumping the broom at our weddings. We can stop dying our hair blonde. We can stop putting on all of this fake hair. And all of this is another example of black women trying to mimic white women. What we are really saying is that we accept the white standard of beauty. She wants to look like a white woman so bad that she is willing to risk her eye sight. The only person we know in the black community that has grey eyes is Smokey Robinson.
We need to stop buying our children white dolls and books filled with white characters. We need to buy them black dolls and books with characters that look like people that they know. We need our children to establish their own identity. Phillips: Do you think women who wear weaves or relax their hair are exhibiting slave-like behaviors?
Ali: Yes. Last year, I was on Dr. I made a comment to Dr. Drew that the person to blame for all of these weaves and relaxers is Madame C.
Madame C. Walker started led to the chemical relaxer, the weave, and black women dying their hair blonde. Share with your friends!
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