Slavery During The Middle Passage
Blackness is dead. Their history is forgotten. Their soles are tainted. Their color is undefined and we are all black. One must not view Blackness as simply a skin color rather an Ontological Experience. The experience occurred during the middle passage in which it ceased being the African American people, but a division of humane and inhumane; with the African now deemed as the black body. In this episode of humanity an entire people were Dis-identified, Disenfranchised, and dis-embodied.
“My mother bore me in the southern wild, and I am black, but O! My soul is white; White as an angel is the English child: But I am black as if bereaved of light.” (Blake). During the Middle passage The African man and Women were no longer People, …show more content…
Slavery was full bloom, but abolitionists such as John Brown as well as Protests such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion sparked the hope of the black community once again. Through this culture awakening it also led to arguments of the White Man’s Burden. The burden was the Southern Plantation owner to justify slavery because it was net better than living in the “waste land” that is Africa. It was also the white man that reflated their culture and showed them god and “Humane” cultures. The argument that slavery was probable a good idea is immediate mitigated when the narratives of slaves are told. In the early development of black children they form a sense of “double-consciousness, the[e] sense of always looking at one 's self through the eyes of others," (Du Bois). The white man brought the black man to their land and then ripped their culture away in the name of “progress”. The progression then tainted society in the image of what “normal” is and that was always was in the retaliation of what black was. No matter how much a black individual acclimated into society; they were always seen as the other. Even in the Debates over slavery determining whether the populous could decide on the control of slavery. In the crux of the argument Lincoln argued that it was not up to another man to play god. In Lincoln’s loss for governor this was one of the first time society gathered not as a single body rather a people bent a den twisted in the image of slavery. Even though blacks were alive they were “Socially dead, materially living as a sentient object but without a stable or guaranteed social subjectivity. And as such, the status of blackness forms the basis upon which white life can subjectivism itself, socially and materially through the negation of the black body”