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.