Dehumanizing Slaves

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The Dehumanization of the Enslave: Frederick Douglass The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
Every human being should be given the right to an education, love and the pursuit of happiness. A slave is a human. Therefore, the pilfering of a human’s right through the force of human cruelty is an act of dehumanization for the purpose of ownership and free labor. The act of dehumanizing a slave is a slave master’s desire. A slave master needs control over the mind of the enslaved in order to gain free employment. Slavery is a dehumanizing institution. Slaves are captured, beaten, tortured and traumatize for the purpose of free labor. The intention of dehumanizing a slave is to control, manipulate, and …show more content…

The force of violence controls the identity of the enslaves. “ Given that the human appetite for cruel spectacles is unabated and that arousal by scenes of cruelty remains part of the human condition, it is remarkable that punishment” controls the aspects of a persons thoughts and actions. (Zangwill 11) The slave master shows no respect for his worker’s birth name, parents, family or feelings. Northup claims his identity is that of a free man; violence, beatings and handcuffs from Burch the slaveholder assures him his identity is that of a slave.(Northup,26) After severe torture and punishment, a slave learns to accept his identity or die trying to change it. “I was only a nigger and new my place”, (Northup,241) is evident that a slave is what his master says he is. Solomon Northup whose name is change several times by his master to Platt.(50) Although slavery is abolished today, there is still a negative effect on African American’s that still remain. For example, a mother is given the right to name her child and until the child desire to change it remains. However, there is still a negative connotation associated with the African American name today. The characteristics of a female is naturally seen as gentle and fragile. The color of the skin identifies the woman. The white mistress is normally seen as a pure, righteous woman and the black woman

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