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Blake Best Nov 13 th , 2007 SOCI 2010.002 Dr. Esterchild The Impact of Internal Colonialism on African Americans I would like to discuss African Americans struggle as it pertains to internal colonialism and then later look at their present day social economic statues. Like many minority groups in America, African Americans are still fighting an uphill battle to achieve equality. The first African American was brought involuntarily this country in 1619 (Esterchild, Lecture,) and by 1860 there were 3.5 million slaves living in the south [2]. Shortly after, in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed the slaves free, this is known as the Emancipation Proclamation. However segregation and disenfranchisement laws were in place to limit the groups’ freedoms and rights. [1.] The internal colonialism model essentially attempts to shed light on the forms of oppression a group of people or country inflicts on another group. Sociologist Robert Blauner saw minorities being oppressed much like colonial oppression, only in their own country. There are five steps taken in order to achieve the desired goal, involuntary entry into the country, stripping away of native culture, substitute control by white dominated bureaucracies, racism, and the confinement to the lowest levels of the labor market. [6] The first step in internal colonialism is involuntary entry into a country and to restrict the freedom of movement of a people. European nations, Latin countries, and the U.S. colonies took Africans from their home by force to be used as slaves from the 1600s to the last 1800s. Segregation after the Civil War kept the African Americans movement in check(book). 1
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The stripping away of native culture is the second step in the model. Slave camps were purposely set up to keep culturally similar Africans separate from one another. This limited Africans in America to continue their customs, traditions, and belief systems.
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