Recently news has been building up an article entitled "They Are Still Our Slaves." They in the title being Black Americans.According to Dee Lee one of Harvard's financial educator's, "Dr Arthur Lewin of the Black and Hispanics Studies Department at Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York edited this article many years ago and sent it out to a few friends. It has now been around the world."
The article discuss how Black Americans are slaves without the physical constraint of many of there ancestors. It names three factors, Ignorance, Greed, and Selfishness, to being the containment of Black Americans. For each factor the article goes in to detail about explaining why and how it is a containment.
Under the factor of ignorance, the article claims that Black Americans do not read, and even with the availability of literature today they still choose not to. The article then moves to the factor of greed. Here the article discuss the financial decisions of Black Americans and destructiveness of the Black Entertainment. Lastly the article closes with selfishness. The article says that Black Americans only care about bettering themselves as a "people." It talks about how the wealthier Black Americans live off their success and ignore the less fortunate. It uses the word of Dubois's "Talented Tenth" and interprets it to fit the argument at hand. The article closes with what seems to be an attempt at getting a laugh, "Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read, continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are “helping” their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don’t worry about any of them reading this letter, remember, ‘THEY DON’T READ!!!!"
Though the format is well written and effective it lacks resources to defend any of the bold statements made. Not only could these statements could be made about any one because, "these are traits that are within most people regardless of race" (Kai Payne). I have a suspicious feeling that this article did exactly what it was suppose to do. The writer seems to be a racist White American demoralizing and against Black Americans. Though it could be viewed that the point of this letter was to upset people and get it to the Black Community. What better way to encourage a group of people than to challenge them by telling them they are lesser than you and everything they worked for was in vain.
The article talks about the refusal to act by the Black American population. The most effective way to get a reaction out of someone in an insecure and competitive society is too offend them. Or maybe this letter was a private letter from a racist White supremacist that just happened to get out. Either way what you choose to allow it to encourage you to do and believe is up to you.
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