Slavery Or Enslaved Objects Fit Right Into The Discourses Of Modernity
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In my opinion, slavery or enslaved objects fit right into the discourses of modernity. Paul Gilroy quoted Hegel in The Black Atlantic. “This condition is capable of no development or Culture, and as we see them at this day, such they have always been” (Gilroy 41). That is saying that blacks never have or will contribute to anything in the world. That was another reason for slave owners to treat slaves like the scum on the bottom of their shoe. If blacks aren’t doing anything to benefit us in any type of way, what’s the point of treating them like human beings? That’s probably how slave owners thought and they had a reason. If blacks weren’t getting any credit for anything and all the credit has been and will always be given to the whites,…show more content… Blacks always found themselves resisting physical, political and economic domination. For that specific reason, Gilroy argues that nation as an organizing historical principal lacks accuracy because it only shows the negative side of everything. Gilroy shows how it is represented in black music.”This fundamental dislocation of black culture is especially important in recent history of black musics which, produced out of racial slavery which made modern western civilization possible, now dominate its popular cultures” (Gilroy 80).
Du Bois agrees with Gilroy about the "sorrow songs." In The Souls of Black Folk Du Bois thinks that sorrow songs are a show of the achievements of African descendants in America. The songs have been passed down from generation to generation. The songs are just like their composers, have been polished by the fires of American slavery, inequality, and cruelty. These songs are the "music of an unhappy people," and the creations of "children of disappointment;" and yet, they are also prayers which breathe hope and "a faith in the ultimate justice of things" (Du Bois 157). The sorrow songs are a way for slaves to speak to the world in their own special way.
Du Bois begins every single chapter with a piece of religious music. That in itself shows how important the sorrow songs are. Slaves intentionally hold on to their troubles to use as motivation for overcoming future obstacles. Sorrow songs are the greatest