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How do u think slavery influenced the evolution of both black and white america today?

ok ya you got me, i need help with my ethnic class assignment , LOL =) im just... at a loss of where to start thinking....


Asked by mistik75 at 8:30 AM on Jan. 17, 2011 in

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  • Slavery has been faced by many races in many countries - It's not just a black-white issue. It is not a decades old issue, or a centuries old issue, it has been happening since the earliest days of recorded history - and there's a good chance it's been happening longer than that. I'm sure this is not the popular vote, but I think slavery in America has brought about many people with a victim-mentality. Just because something bad happened to your ancestors, it does not mean that repercussions should be expected for centuries. Do you see the Hebrews crying woe-is-me to the Egyptians? Yet, here in America, so many people seem to think that being the descendant of a slave means they are entitled to something. Every race has good and bad in their history. If we want real equality, we're going to have to let the past be in the past. My question to your prof. - What race has slavery NOT influenced?


    Answer by scout_mom at 9:20 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Do not forget the Irish slaves or the American Indian slaves.

    Answer by zebbiebug at 8:36 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Definitely. The white plantation owners would not have been able to achieve their status or wealth without the labor of the slaves.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 8:34 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • the original question is worded just like my teacher has it and she is not speaking on any other ethnic groups this week.

    Comment by mistik75 (original poster) at 8:42 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Try this site for alot of slave info with time lines etc

    Look up Chocolate on trial, its an interesting read. Maybe you can find the book itself in the library it might help. It deals with slavery, business and politics all in one place.
    Politics of slavery from the past
    Just some places to get started.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:46 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • One of the ways that our Founding Fathers were able to justify the concept of slavery was to define the black race as inferior. One of the "popular" ways they accomplished this was through Cranium Studies ( measuring the brain size), the best and the brightest [S. Morton was one], using "scientific" methods proved to the rest of the [white] population that the slave populations were mentally inferior . After generations of being members of a society that could say "hey we have proof we are superior" it was almost impossible for the black race to establish itself as equals. Until the late 1800's many still believed this "scientific fact", even after100 years this is ingrained in our society and it still has influence.


    Answer by emptynstr at 9:40 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:08 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Slavery has been faced by many races in many countries - It's not just a black-white issue. It is not a decades old issue, or a centuries old issue

    The question is about America and the effects on black and white because of it.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:31 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • It created generational poverty, illeteracy

    When slavery was "over" most slaves couldn't read as it was forbidden by law. They had no income, property, most I'm sure suffering the physical and emotional abuses of their owners were dealing with sonme type of ptsd and with all that trying to find work from a society that still saw them as less than human...still wanted to own slaves and many times beat back or burn down any successful attempts for blacks to create jobs and success on their own

    It still reaches to this day although it has gotten better.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:45 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

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