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Legacy of Slavery on the Black Identity

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Slavery revolutionized the way the world saw Blacks and how Blacks saw themselves. Many scholars who study the Black identity charge that the identity crisis that many African Americans, in the United States, face is a consequence of slavery. The issues that African Americans face, stem from a double conscious state of mind; Blacks in American were forced to see the world through their eyes and through the eyes of their oppressors. To overcome the plights of being viewed as a second-class citizen many Blacks thought that social mobility was the answer to their prayers however upward mobility came at a hefty price. The lofty notions of upward mobility led to darker and lighter skinned blacks being isolated from one another. Color stratifications caused darker skinned Blacks to try and shed their Africanisms and internalize that being white, lighter, is good. Assimilation was seen as the end-all of racial prejudice and a precursor to upward social mobility; the cost of descent into an ever whitening world is the loss of self and cultural heritage. This paper will explore the effects that slavery had on the Black identity and the crisis that many Blacks face today. It is important to investigate the influence that slavery had on coloration and what it meant to be Black because this is a discussion that is relevant to all subjugated peoples. All minorities can learn from the Black experience and see the repercussions that were reaped from the enslavement and degradation of a people’s culture.
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Name: 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Oguagha, Ashleigh. "Legacy of Slavery on the Black Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Mar 08, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p560529_index.html>

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Oguagha, A. , 2012-03-08 "Legacy of Slavery on the Black Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p560529_index.html

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Abstract: Slavery revolutionized the way the world saw Blacks and how Blacks saw themselves. Many scholars who study the Black identity charge that the identity crisis that many African Americans, in the United States, face is a consequence of slavery. The issues that African Americans face, stem from a double conscious state of mind; Blacks in American were forced to see the world through their eyes and through the eyes of their oppressors. To overcome the plights of being viewed as a second-class citizen many Blacks thought that social mobility was the answer to their prayers however upward mobility came at a hefty price. The lofty notions of upward mobility led to darker and lighter skinned blacks being isolated from one another. Color stratifications caused darker skinned Blacks to try and shed their Africanisms and internalize that being white, lighter, is good. Assimilation was seen as the end-all of racial prejudice and a precursor to upward social mobility; the cost of descent into an ever whitening world is the loss of self and cultural heritage. This paper will explore the effects that slavery had on the Black identity and the crisis that many Blacks face today. It is important to investigate the influence that slavery had on coloration and what it meant to be Black because this is a discussion that is relevant to all subjugated peoples. All minorities can learn from the Black experience and see the repercussions that were reaped from the enslavement and degradation of a people’s culture.


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