Blacks were not Cowards during Slavery

“His mistake is also a thorough misrepresentation of the fortitude — the mental toughness and will to survive — required to survive slavery, individually and collectively, for centuries.” – Blair L.M. Kelley


I’m not understanding how people can say, “slaves were cowards” or what #Kanye said, about how “slaves were enslaved as if it were a mental choice.” There was continuous #psychologicalabuse on these people. Reason why there were not many uprisings and riots…because the ones that were caught were shown and displayed proudly if you defied your owner. Additionally, you and yours were property of the house you were enslaved in, and your family or children were sold to keep you mentally disconnected from what freedom ever felt like.

Kanye’s disrespect for the slaves and eventually freed men and women is in poor taste. They resisted in their own way, every day while being physically and psychologically destroyed. Even if it were a lot of them, they were still outsmarted in the cruelest way. It’s a shame that someone who claims to be so philosophical hasn’t read, researched, or spoke with black scholars enough to truly be free thinking once you know the history and depth of courage it took many to survive during antebellum South.

Lastly, people want us to vote and like Cheetolini. We are rebelling and using our freedom of choice to do the opposite of the majority of people. Him wearing that hat as a rebellion and calling it that is not well-thought out. Going against society and their rules that keep us silent is more radical and freeing than him wearing a MAGA hat. Maybe, the college dropout should have stayed for those African American courses. – #AcademicHustler 🤔🤔🤔🤔


“There is Harriett Tubman, who helped dozens of slaves escape bondage despite the risk of coming back into slaveholding territory time and time again. (West, true to form, tweeted a fake quote attributed to Tubman that read, “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”) And there is Nat Turner, who led an insurrection that forever changed American slavery, by re-instilling a sense of fear in slaveholders that their slaves might rebel at any moment.” – Clint Smith


#WalterJohnson, Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where he is also director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. He is the author of River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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