Under the perspective of dialectical relationship between slavery and mastery, this paper addresses the issue of intimacy across the color line, especially the dynamics of the racial border. The aim is to elaborate on the peculiarities of boundaries, on race and the peripheral vantage point of embattled interracial love in Perkins-Valdez’s Wench. Sexuality and sexual relations are racialized in a white-supremacist order and involve the privileged position of whites (masters) over blacks (slaves). However, the novel constructs a momentary breakdown of the slave system through outlaw sexual intimacy meant to question white absolute domination in slavery. This paper shows interracial sexuality as a force that subverts and disrupts power relations, unsettles the oppressor/oppressed paradigm.
They were forced to walk in chains; slaves were sold, starved, and left to die. Once the slaves were sold, they were whipped, and their minds were corrupted. In America, the Southern states were dependent on the slaves. However, there were men that were arising in the United States finding that slavery was wrong. As a result, States created their own constitutions about abolishing slavery.
Many of the first Africans to arrive to the colonies were captives who were imprisoned during war with and sold as indentured slaves rather than the misconception they were slaves (Takaki 51). Africans living in the New World faced persecution on the basis of their race, Takaki recounts an instance where individuals were punished for fornicating outside their race; prosecutors of these crimes cited that “laying with a negro” was a shame to Christianity (Takaki 54). Delinquent indentured blacks also were subject to heightened punishment in comparison to their white counterparts, it wasn’t uncommon for blacks who escaped servitude with other who were white to have their servitude contract extended to life while
The main idea in the novel is the domination of blacks by the existing American standards of beauty – blue eyes, blonde hair and white skin. It deals honestly and sensitively with the damaging influence of white standards and values on the lives of black people. It demonstrates how the systems of oppression are spawned and sustained by the white supremacist and exploitative culture. The analysis of the novel brings out the implications of the imposition of white dominant culture on black sensibility. It portrays in poignant terms the tragic conditions of blacks in racist America.
Africa is typically thought of as being a continent full of violence and revolution. This concept may have originated from the poor treatment of Africans by the rest of the world through colonization, forced labor in Africa, and the enslaving of Africans in other regions of the world. The danger and violence that stemmed from many countries gaining independence and experiencing political upheaval has been thwarted by peacekeeping efforts from outside agencies, like the United Nations. Africa has had a violent past, but only because of the exploitation by the Europeans, and eventually Americans. Ultimately, their ethnocentrism led to violence and the stereotype of danger in Africa.
In “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, Douglass narrates in detail the oppressions he went through as a slave before winning his freedom. In the narrative, Douglass gives a picture about the humiliation, brutality, and pain that slaves go through. We can evidently see that Douglass does not want to describe only his life, but he uses his personal experiences and life story as a tool to rise against slavery. He uses his personal life story to argue against common myths that were used to justify the act of slavery. Douglass invalidated common justification for slavery like religion, economic argument and color with his life story through his experiences torture, separation, and illiteracy, and he urged for the end of slavery.
Ohiyesa’s The Soul of the Indian gives a nostalgic critique on the encroachment of white civilization on the Native American culture, citing the parallelisms the two societies share and explaining the reasoning behind Native American rituals. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass gives a glimpse into the life of a slave, comparing the life of the free and the enslaved, and giving reason to the actions of the slave and slave master. Throughout each book, it becomes apparent that each has a common trait: the white population’s use of religion as a means for their cruelty. To clarify, religion is used as a justification for their respective instances of oppression, both the purge of Native Americans and Native American culture for Ohiyesa, and slavery for Douglass. Although they experience different systems of oppression, Douglass and Ohiyesa see how the corruption of religion can be used by the white majority to assert themselves as masters to their respective peoples.
Xunzi, in Chapter 23 of his book, stresses on the regulation of natural human feelings to bring about virtue or man would resort to violence. Xunzi claims that people are born with desires and a fondness of profits. 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 exploited for personal gain. The Jews in Europe, and the Africans in the United States, were treated like substandard citizens, and were violently abused and murdered.
During the slave trade, African chiefs aided the Europeans in capturing slaves from their own people in exchange for goods such as metal tools, fine textiles, and guns. This created a defined hierarchy and conflicts within clans. Hundreds of years later, Africans today are segregated because of their ethnicity. Arrogances of racism, discrimination, and prejudice were strengthened towards Africans today (Rezek 105). The millions of African slaves who were taken to modern day South and North America were cut off from their African roots and eventually their culture was diluted and replaced by foreign beliefs.
Let me start with a question. Do you know about the discrimination that existed in South Africa? There is a story that is based on that time. It tries to talk about how the white people in South Africa thought of the black people in South Africa as not human and thought of them as criminals. In “The Guilt”, there is a character named Lilian Thurgood, who is a white South African, that depicts the South Africans at that time.