“Black males are by far the most oppressed and disadvantage demographic in this country…”

This comment was written by Eric M. on The Good Feed Blog post Film: Slavery By Another Name

“…As I’ve stated here before, black males are by far the most oppressed and disadvantaged demographic in this country, largely due to this very fact. The anger, frustration, and despair exacerbates, reinforces, causes the doubling down on the discrimination suffered by black males and the negative view of them that results from ignorance, insensitivity, and behavior resulting from hundreds of years of slavery.http://goodmenproject.com/good-feed-blog/film-slavery-by-another-name/

Thank you again.”


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  1. wellokaythen says:

    This may sound counterintuitive, but past a certain point, the length of time that African American slavery existed has no real bearing on the power of its legacy. I know this sounds crazy, but if African American slavery in North America had existed for a 10,000 years, that would not necessarily make it more entrenched than if was ‘only’ 100 years old. The age of something does not determine how deep it has penetrated society. It is not harder to get rid of something 400 years in the making than it is to get rid of something only 40 years in the making. The length of time that racism has existed is not really an indication of how deep it is part of society. History is not actually like geological layers of sediment. It’s not a cumulative effect. A society can turn things around on a dime with sufficient motivation, no matter how old the “tradition” is.

    Realistically, then, a fight against racism is NOT really a fight against 400 years’ worth of anything. It’s a fight over people’s ideas in the present day. It ultimately doesn’t matter how long an evil has been going on. That has no bearing on how bad it is in the present, really.

    Besides, if the longevity of slavery really is any indication about how hard it is to get rid of, then we are stuck with slavery for several thousand years more. It’s been around for thousands of years, so if there is some sort of cumulative power then we are talking about a massive long-term uphill battle to get rid of it.

  2. The Bad Man says:

    Except for maybe the black males who grew up in middle class suburbia. What about the poor rednecks? Everyone seems to hate them.

    Blacks have real issues of historical oppression, women were never slaves.

    • Save for all the women who were part of communities that were slaves historically. For if they had male slaves, they had female slaves.

      Women and men both who were extraordinarily poor were also in danger of exploitative work conditions (factories).

  3. Yes and they live under matriarchy and in matriarchy men have no place in the family. There is virtually no such thing as fatherhood.

  4. wellokaythen says:

    I know it’s not a competition to see who has it worse, but I’d say there are other groups whom one could say arguably have it worse. Being a poor Hispanic immigrant who is in the country illegally is a pretty rotten situation all around. In terms of suicide rates, unemployment, drug and alcohol dependency, short life expectancy, and incarceration rates, being a Native American male is about the most high-risk category out there.

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