Beginning in the 15th century, the slave trade was a dehumanizing and absolutely immoral system that was founded on racism and greed. Human beings were traded, shipped, and sold like inanimate objects with the sole intention of gleaning the highest profits for traders. Because of their race, the africans that were captured and traded were looked at as less than human, and the slave trade allowed racism to continue for years after it was first started. The transatlantic slave trade was the introduction of institutionalized racism towards African Americans in the western hemisphere, and through every stage of the process, Africans were mentally and physically abused. The slave trade first began in 1442 when the captains of a portuguese ship
Following the example of the French, Spanish, Dutch, and Portaguese, the English began shipping slaves from Africa to Virginia and Maryland in 1660. The English asserted their dominance over the Africans by capturing them in large numbers, "tight-packing" them onto ships, and forcing them to work until they died. Although they did not intentionally murder a large number of Africans like they did Native Americans, they did view the Africans as property and treated them without any regard for their lives. An example of this horrendous treatment is the selection process the Africans went through before even boarding the ship. When discussing the physical inspection the slaves had to endure Nash writes, "it was also part of the psychological assault meant to strip away self-respect and self-identity" (Nash 123) he reveals that every form of dehumanizing the Africans was planned out and executed.
Even worst, Marlow frequently saw the Africans were being beaten by the European when the carrying packages fall to the ground (Enas Subhi, 2010). Here, the description of Marlow towards the Europe attitudes when they enslaved the natives brutally displays that the situation was totally terrible. Marlow also illustrated the African situation at that time was a hard life and it indicates that Marlow was sympathy towards
Based on the articles and readings provided in class, the argument can be made that every colonial group is racist. In other words, racism is a reoccurring tool used by imperializing powers in order to effectively subjugate native peoples and justify their own actions to themselves and their own peoples. “The pattern established at the outset has remained unchanged… the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them and inflict upon them untold misery, suffering and distress, tormenting, harrying and persecuting them mercilessly” (de las Casas). Here in the Spanish Caribbean racism is repeatedly used to undermine the cultural values of native Caribbean peoples while highlighting the greatness of Spanish culture/way
Think of your wretched sisters, loving virtue and purity, as they are driven into concubinage and are exposed to the unbridled lusts of incarnate devils” (2159). This is to put shame on the slaves for being a “patient people”, for allowing themselves to be in that situation in the first place. Be that as it may, Walker decidedly chooses to point out enslaved people as a whole are the primary victims of slavery, not just one over the other. While Garnet focuses in on gender to make a luring point, Walker prioritizes the role of white people in the brutalization of slaves. He spits out that slaves are “the most degraded, wretched, and abject set of beings that ever lived since the world began”, not as a ridicule of his people, but as a testimony toward the suffering and mental abuse slaves have had to live through
The motley crew, made up of sailors and slaves led fights, revolts, and rebellions that stirred a change in America and led to the American Revolution. The sailors and slaves repeatedly received the short end of the stick in the British Colonial Empire. In response, they were unafraid to start conflicts and instigate hostilities between themselves and the upper class of merchants and plantation owners. They led rebellions against the injustices they saw, from press-gangs to worker’s wage riots and the re-enslavement of free-men. The motley crew led to politicians believing that all men are equal with unalienable rights, not just British land-owning men.
In Olaudah Equiano’s narrative, he demonstrates an oppressive tone in order to create sympathy for the slaves. For example, when the slaves pack onto the ships, the author describes, “[that] the stench…was so intolerably loathsome…it was dangerous to remain there” (Equiano 45). The diction Equiano uses such as, “stench” and “intolerably loathsome” leads to an increased amount of sympathy for the slaves suffering in the horrendous conditions. Equiano illuminates the dehumanization of the black slaves by describing the atrocities of where they survive. Furthermore, after days without food, instead of providing the slaves with much needed food, the whites simply, “tossed the remaining fish in the sea...although [the slaves] begged and pleaded
Two prominent examples of this nature are the Nazi totalitarian regime and African Slavery. In both these cases, a group of people were discriminated against and treated inferiorly. The Jews in Europe, and the Africans in the United States, were treated like substandard citizens, and were violently abused and murdered. Though this subjugation of people is brutal enough, what is more appalling is the apathy exhibited by the common people during these times. For people in The United States and in Europe, Slavery simply suited the economic system.
Connecting the Government in Oroonoko to the author 's own can be viewed by the comparisons both have with each other. Oroonoko manages to capture the greed, corruption and inhumane acts of their government with the mass business of slave trade and discriminating laws against their very own people to only further their profits. The British Government in the novel is described to treat the people of their colony horrible because the way the people look. Behn writes in the novel,
When we think blacks back in the day, we think slavery. These people were terribly mistreated and had been under generations of assault. African-Americans were often arrested, murdered and faced much cruelty what they understood to be called as racism. All they could ever think of was surviving and self-defense. The blacks also stated that the constitution was disobeyed since constitutional rights towards them were broken.
Through stories such as that of Frederick Douglass, and that of Harriet Jacobs you can truly see how despicable the act of slavery was. These true nonfictional stories show the true dynamic of how male and female slaves were treated. Slaves were physically and mentally degraded, without shelter and clothes. Working both day and night, with their masters never being pleased. These people were dehumanized and taken advantage of, with no respect to the fact that they were human beings.
Let us begin with George, Celia’s understandably treacherous slave lover, and his unreasonable demands that set Celia’s case into motion. George’s actions are an example of the common frustration and desperation of slave men who had no control over the sexual abuse of their loved ones by white masters (McLaurin 139-140). His was a reaction to a smoldering attack upon his masculinity, an attack that was a direct result of the dehumanization upon which slavery rested. Because the South was a slave society, this master-slave relationship structure echoed throughout every other aspect of southern life (Faragher, 204 & 215). In Celia’s case, we see this truth through Virginia and Mary Newsom’s position of powerlessness.