Dick Gregory's Slavery Summary

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The thing that strikes me about all of these passages is how they all have insight to how black people were treated and how they lived, both before and after slavery. These passages work together show how slavery is the cause for all of the dislike and disgust of the black race and everything relating to it. They build upon each other to show the negative connotation associated with the race, and show that the negativity is directly linked to slavery.
Color Complexity gives insight on how people with white skin are better than people with darker skin. It emphasizes how much positivity is directed to people with lighter skin and the rewards they reap, which can range from higher wages, getting better jobs to having more confidence and having a greater sense of purpose. Lighter skinned people, are deemed “better” than their darker skinned peers, which corroborates the idea that the reason of this concept is in play now is derived from treatment that was given to the slave population
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Deep in the South, it is very likely that a white person would feel disgust at his daughter marrying a black man. Even though this was written in 1968, long after the Civil War, there were still high levels of hostility and racism, which is founded on the ingrained behaviors of the white population onto the black slaves. It has been almost 50 years since he had written this, and yet there are still cases of this all over the United States. The inherent racism and loathing of this skin tone is also found in W. E. DuBois’ work, The Souls of Black Folk, where he talks about the utter “distain for anything black”, and how the white population tried their very hardest to imbue these thoughts into the rest of the people. Dubois’ work builds off of Gregory’s by adding further depth. This distain is founded in slavery, in turn causing the deep-rooted negativity connected with the

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