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Are Blacks Still Wearing Chains of Slavery

When we look at old images of black slaves, particularly in the United States, we often see them in chains. Ironically when we look at pictures of blacks today, again particularly in the United States we still see them in chains.


When blacks were slaves they were often kept in chains, one would think this symbol of oppression would be tossed aside after liberation, however today blacks still wear chains of oppression, the difference is their oppressors.


Slaves had no freedom, many were treated cruelly by their “owners” (some of which were black themselves – and it is worth noting the first slaves were actually white – the word slave coming from Slavic people), but they were fed and housed to some standard. In contrast workers, while free, have to fend for themselves when it comes to food and housing.


Everyone is a slave to somebody, but in the African American subculture of modern times, blacks are still wearing the chains of oppression, they call them “bling”. They hang these chains around their necks, without knowing it, showing their slavery to materialism.


Economic slavery now holds its grip of ownership over blacks (and others) in America. This point was made clear in the satirical art by artist Pawel Kuczynski, in his piece called “Slave” he shows a black slave painting his chains gold.  The artwork may be viewed here.

Nobody is immune, as long as we are brainwashed into thinking we need more “stuff” we are all slaves, slaves to money and materialistic desires. 

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  1. Tiffany Aliano

    On February 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Very controversial! Interesting outlook!

  2. J.I. Smith

    On February 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Well written article. And if you believe the Marxists, we’re nearly all ‘wage slaves’.

  3. Xandine

    On February 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Excellent post. A good point about materialism :-)

  4. MaxBuceo

    On February 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Nice share. I like this post

  5. BruceW

    On February 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    In reply to JISmith, the difference between a real slave and a wage slave is that the wage slave can at least choose his owner!

  6. Eunice Tan

    On February 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Very interesting

  7. Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx

    On March 1, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Interesting article.

    The hip hop community makes up a small fraction of African Americans and in no way are representative of the ethnic group as a whole.


    On March 1, 2011 at 4:17 am

    interesting read

  9. jemialbert

    On March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    good share

  10. Jimmy Shilaho

    On March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Who isn’t a slave to materialism these days? My chain is Triond though I must admit that some of the things my black brethren do normally piss me off.

  11. Mark Gordon Brown

    On March 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I understand what you are saying and do think the chains look stupid but that is their trip on this material journey and well okay I just wish they had better taste.

  12. albert1jemi

    On March 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for sharing

  13. .Doc Vega

    On March 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    You really need to be educated. Especially when you use the term Obama Haters. Blacks make up 12% of the US population, yet they get an unbelievable amount of disproportionate advocacy from the press and government. In Washington DC you will see blacks with the majority of the city and government jobs when I was there everyone I looked at was on their cell phone instead of doing their job including capitol police. There is an incredible amount of entitlement mentality fostered by the left, the NAACP, ACORN and Affirmative Action perpetuating this bogus mindset and enabling of those who take advantage of the system. Slaves today you say? We are enslaved being taxed and penalized for the welfare state that has been created by our socialist government while people like you support it along with your brainless readers who complimented you!

  14. Brenda Nelson

    On March 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Doc Vega, I did NOT use the term Obama Haters, This link is a commentary on a picture I have linked to – also you may note the last link on Bees and Ants pretty much says we are all slaves..

    also.. and most importantly..


  15. docvega

    On June 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Good just make a distinction then

  16. Doc Vega

    On June 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    As a matter of fact the very reason that you are not American makes your comments even more unqualified when making an observation about the US

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