Slavery In African American Society

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Slavery forever altered the world and still affects the African American community today. The suffering that these human beings endured left its mark on their psyches, which influenced upward mobility and status in the hierarchy. While the chattel slavery may no longer physically exist, the aftermath continues to linger. An idea of what slaves endured mentally was passed down through the generations, as well as prejudices and discriminations against slaves and their African American descendants. When slaves were forced to migrate to what is now the United States, much of their own culture was stripped away. They had no choice but to assimilate to the dominant group’s ways due to power and resource inequality. It was difficult to retain …show more content…
Although Blacks have been freed from slavery, many institutions still covertly oppress the Black race through practices that mimic the racism of the past. Willie Lynch, a slave owner himself, created a set of rules that would make a slave obey his slave for life. His “full proof method” was made to disrupt families, marriages, and the psyches of slaves, and it did just that. Owners wanted to control breeding and bonds since they considered slaves less than human. The slave owners’ ideologies of gender roles for slaves were forced upon them. Families were torn apart and slaves did not have the right to marriage. For slaves, this resulted in a shift of the traditional roles of men and women in the …show more content…
McGlynn and Seymour say that “ racial hostility was functional for the maintenance of class relations ” (267). Linking class and race helps the dominant group to maintain privilege. African Americans have limited access to power and resources, which made African Americans an interesting subject for power-conflict examination. They would see that there are unequal distributions in many institutions like healthcare, education, and policing. When one has a low socioeconomic status, they have limited access to healthcare. If they do gain access, it may be lower quality. In policing, punishment has become a business. This idea is called the prison-industrial complex, which mirrors historical slavery very closely. The more people in prison, the more free labor the prisons have. Prisoners have little freedom and access, so any privileges they are given come at a higher price. Phone calls, for example, are

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