n African Renaissance - Slavery and the American economy

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Slavery raises a host of negative images for Black people; so much so, they fail to realize the tremendous economic contributions they made, albeit forced, to the development of the United States into a world power. This lack of realization stems from the national shame of slavery and the concomitant national denial which in reality has become a weak defense mechanism. To a large degree Blacks and whites have bought into this denial, albeit for different reasons. In spite of this contribution Blacks continue to vie for respect and acceptance by the very country that they practically own via a down payment with their own blood, sweat, and tears. Through the shame of slavery African Americans continue to increase the ''Debt'' they are owed instead of steadfastly demanding payment.

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