We enslave ourselves, taught by the Europeans to hate ourselves
Enslaving ourselves is a reference to mental slavery, an internalized low self-image that some black people have as a result of negative images of themselves in the mainstream media. Television, movies and magazines are some of the worst offenders.
We’ve come a long way since the days of Amos ‘n’ Andy and Stepin Fetchit but mental slavery is still in effect. The famous 1940s experiment in which African American children favored white dolls over black dolls was recreated in 2006 with identical results. And Chris Rock’s 2009 film Good Hair exposed deep-rooted issues in the black community about self-image.
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