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Stephen DeSimone AAF 372 Professor Murray Black Inferiority Alive and Well: An economic view of the obstacles still facing African Americans today. Many of the ten precepts of black inferiority that allowed the birth of chattel slavery still breathe today. With the presents of these precepts we will never obtain true equality. Many African Americans are still plague by these precepts of inferiority and many do not even know it.
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There have been many great victories won in the fight for equality such as Brown vs. The board of Education the famous case which made segregated schools illegal. Shelley vs. Kraemer could also be counted as a win for civil rights for it made segregation of living accommodations illegal. What of the legacy of these two cases. Unfortunately they were not strong enough to stand before the overwhelming power of the precepts of black inferiority. It is still much more difficult to obtain a good education if you’re black. Strangely enough the blame for this watered down education can be laid at the feet of the housing organization in urban areas. The ten precepts of inferiority as outlined by A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. (1996) are as follows first and foremost is Inferiority. The belief that blacks are not only inferior to whites but they are so inferior as to be on the level of an animal is the most powerful of the precepts. This first precept finds some of its power in making whites a superior race charged with the care of the helpless and inferior black man. The real power of the precept of inferiority is not in making the whites feel superior nor is it the power to excuse treatment of blacks because they are inferior. The truly terrifying power is found when African Americans believe themselves to be inferior. This feeling of inferiority is maintained by the later precepts.( Higginbotham, 1996,) The second precept is Property. By defining the slave as property you strip him of his humanity. When one is made a possession he is as low as one can be. The master must maximize his own economic utility while ignoring the humanity of the slaves as they are only tools and tools have no humanity. Finally the master denies the slaves any of the fruits of their labor. Work the slaves to the brink of death and then give them the worst of the harvest so they know they are no more than livestock after all you don’t feed prime rib to your dogs. (Higginbotham, 1996) The third precept is Powerlessness. This precept teaches that blacks must be keep powerless whether slave or free. The goal is to create dependence on whites. All whites are superior to the slave not simply the master so take opportunities to show the slave he has no
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power. Also restrict the slave’s access to courts. Subject the slave to a lesser system of just in which he is wholly inferior to whites. Finally ensure the submission of blacks through the exercise of force and the use of the legal system to insure that he feels powerless and therefore inferior. (Higginbotham, 1996)
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course AAF 372 taught by Professor Murray during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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