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12 Things Learned During Slavery That Black People Still Do Today

Self-hate: Many people of African decent hold a negative perception of themselves.

Many predominantly Black churches and homes are still decorated with a picture of a white Jesus.

 

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Most Black people in the world are still educated by white or Arab agenda institutions.

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  1. Atlanta Black Star, you are putting it out there, you are putting it on the line. I hope this is getting through to some of us. What a great piece. My, my, my.

  2. Gregory Dowo says:

    The sad thing is how black people hold on to them and defend them.

  3. Gregory Dowo says:

    The sad thing is how black people hold on to them and defend them.

  4. wow, you really put it on us. Great piece for sure.

  5. Rasheedah H. Muhammad says:

    May I begin with saying that this has been the most interesting post that I have ever read. I would like to be the one to mention the conditions that led us to these low income living standards. Colonialism affected more than just "Black People" we are all affected by what "slave owners" and people who profited off of the slave trade forced us to believe of ourselves. It was not willingly that we accepted these conditions. Do not forget that Black people are creative and can take a negative and turn it positive due to our "drop of a dime" methods to survive and adapt. For example, food that was left as slop was turned into a feast which eventually became a cultural norm for us. You cannot expect an people who had been oppressed for 400+ years to magically make change over a few decades. If you consider slavery, civil rights, black power and so on, we are not left with much "Freedom" to do as we please. We are STILL fighting for equality….
    I bet in a few centuries we won't be having this "race" issue. As long as we continue to educate ourselves on what happened before us, we can try to stop history from repeating itself.

  6. Neil Nelson says:

    That is so true Rasheedah.

  7. Jay Contreras says:

    I love this site. I don't know who is responsible for the great info, but you & Black Agenda Report, are one of the few sites that tell it like it is from our perspective & don't mince words or try to sugarcoat.

  8. Some of this stuff, yes it still effects us, because we have no control. Some things like continuning to eat slave food, our slave names, and the way we are enslaved to religion, and some others, we control these things. Essentially, blacks are still in the same mind set we were in, and our economic condition is on a scale comparable to the times blacks were in during slavery and after slavery. We can change most of these conditions, and we must, for our own welfare, and gain respect from the world, it is like we don't have a problem with not being about self determination as all other groups. Name one group who doesn't practice self determination, and hate their race, nobody but the blacks. We can do the same thing other groups are doing.

  9. The first black man Sammy Sosa baseball player, he has a white wire too. By the way they can make you white like they did Sosa, and Michael Jackson.

  10. looooooove you caption

  11. i liked your words more than the article

  12. Kerric L Reeves says:

    Sammy Sosa skin is bleaching white due to the side effect of him cleansing the steroids out of his system!….smh!…people please do some research stop believing everything you read

  13. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    I'm sorry, but collard greens are delicious.

  14. Onmysologroove Dixon says:

    I love yams,,, I wish I knew more about history,, I've a lot of studying to do!

  15. Rasheedah H. Muhammad says:

    Nzingha Shabaka I agree with you on this but as I stated earlier, it would take longer than only a few decades to correct something that has made us this way over the course a few centuries. We comparing a few hundred years to only a few decades of civil rights, that was my point. I truly believe if people like us, who continue to educate ourselves on the matter, can correct it. In, let's say, a few centuries, this will not be an issue. Historians will mark this as some great time lapse between dark and light. We're in the middle of change and wont live to see the results, unfortunately. That's the God honest truth that we are dealing with here. What we can do on our part, from this moment, is continue to educate the masses on the experience of a person of color in America. No matter how often we get told "not to play the race card".

  16. Without the chittlings I hope.

  17. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    I've never had chitlins. I've got a saying, "if it smells like ish, it probably tastes like ish!"

  18. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    it still looks bad.

  19. How do you know? Is he the first black to cleanse steroids, and turned white. Sure you can defend him better than that.

  20. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    I don't believe true love is limited by color. His wife being white is irrelevant.

  21. Neil Nelson says:

    Nzingha Shabaka True!

  22. Neil Nelson says:

    Nzingha Shabaka lol – Chittlings, who still eat that?

  23. Oh my….bless his heart either way.

  24. Gary Orlando Mason Obviously that is what too many black males believe because don't have a problem marrying outside their race. How is that, other men don't do it, please don't say they do, the percentage is so small we hardly ever see it, unlike the black man, obviously you see or know something no other man on the planet knows about black men and white female love. You should write a book, the only buyers will be black men who marry outside of their race.

  25. Kerric L Reeves says:

    because my oldest brother is a professional bodybuilder he know tons of guys who take steroids then take other drugs to try to clean the system out that is a common side effect of one certain drug

  26. Neil Nelson Where are you from, you know blacks down south see chitllings as a delicacy, and not just in the south remember during reconstruction many black migrated to the north, so I am sure there are some chittlings eaters all over the place. My mom never cook the s… and obviously I don't eat them, never have. My diet is totally natural, and partially organic, never eat junk food, cook all my food. Only eats seafood when I go out.

  27. Gary Orlando Mason Soooo, you actually think a guy with dark skin, who lightens his skin (which leads to extreme health issues later in life) who has a white wife holds irrelevance?

  28. Nzingha Shabaka LOL, it's sad that Sammy is being defended. The Irony is, the defender is telling you not to believe everything you read but offers up no sources backing up his claims about Sosa. The best thing is to get it from the mouth of Sammy himself, look at the link below:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4642952

  29. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    I am thankful that I am able to experience love. I don't see color, I don't see big booties, I don't see money. I see love. I see the heart, which exceeds limitations and eliminates fear and hate. I am not fooled nor stumped by death. I am disappointed that you would attempt to ridicule me but it only betrays your nature of fear and hate. I respect your ideals and opinions but I won't participate in hate filled rhetoric.

  30. Kerric L Reeves says:

    Smh….that's not true! Lol

  31. Ron Anderson says:

    Two more: We don't believe in ourselves. 1. We can do anything other races can do but our fear tethers us. 2. Ashamed of having once been slaves, clinging to a misguided belief that we are not worthy, that we are not victorious over-comers who grow, adapt and thrive in any system…We ani't dead!

  32. We actually had yams in Africa that's a African food but not nasty chiitlings slave food all the way

  33. Great piece, I would have loved to see "Spiritually Enslaved" added… That may be #1 effecting all the rest. I.M.O.

  34. Gary Orlando Mason "True love" has no color? I don't know about that. I don't see any wealthy white women or wealthy non-black women marrying black men. Do you?

  35. Nicholas Johnathan Mulkey says:

    Tim KU Pearson People around the world eat the intestines of different animals though, esp. in east Asia. Cuisine like art is subjective and to denigrate one because you think its "nasty" is frankly rude. Also to act as though other things that we may consider disgusting aren't on the daily diets of various African tribes and peoples is naive. Caterpillars, termites, and even monkeys are consumed by certain indigenous Africans. Point is, a diet is formed from the resources available and regardless of the circumstances there is an appreciation to be had of its creation, because it is a contribution to Mankind's food tapestry or culinary art if you will. Just adding perspective.

  36. Gary Orlando Mason All knowledge is rooted in reality. You need a reality check. You don't see color, I believe this is one of the major reason blacks catch hell, because of our color, obviously, you have bought into this nonsense. First of all why do you say I hate, hate who, I am a voice for African people, so now I am a hater, what about racist? You say you are thankful that you are able to experience love, yet most who hate you and have shown you, and you are saying you love everybody, and I am a hater. What have I said, to indicate I am a hater?

  37. Gary Orlando Mason "I don't see big booties."There where I had to draw the line. Come on bruh, you don't see big booties?

  38. Collin Johnson Ask Sammy, you are kidding, I am not that gullible.

  39. Gary Orlando Mason "I don't see big booties."That's where I had to draw the line. Come on bruh, you don't see big booties? That's "love"at first site, right?

  40. Kerric L Reeves You just nipped it in the bud for Collin Johnson.

  41. Collin Johnson See Kerric L Reeves. Now you are straight. You are trying to make Sammy a violator of baseball rules.

  42. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    Fortunately I continue to mature and enjoy a life of abundance, because I am not limited by fear and hate which ultimately leads to premature death. I am not concerned with those who hate me. I pray they can be released from the bondage they are trapped by. We do not know each other yet you decided to speak with disrespect and ridicule. I continue to respect your opinions and thoughts, even if I don't subscribe to them. Collin, what you speak about is lust. I used to be trapped by that but thankfully I've matured. and no longer think like a child.

  43. Nicholas Johnathan Mulkey says:

    I'm happy you said something….The comment section here bothers me mainly because it is a "confirmation bias" closing house. An article is posted, no matter how good or bad it is journalistically, it is agreed with by the majority here without question and anyone who attempts to add a different perspective or disagree is unnecessarily attacked, usually on a personal level. Well I'm here to say that is NOT how you progress any sort of dialogue or anything else for that matter. You get no progression from a room of yes', you get progression when multiple perspectives angle against each other, and this angling leads us to a more universal truth. We must all be willing to accept that our viewpoint may be inaccurate or that our belief of something is wrong before any sort of true change or progression can occur.

  44. Gary Orlando Mason says:

    I agree Mr. Mulkey, and thank you for the acknowledgement. Intelligent debate begins with a mutual respect for others. We don't have to agree but we should never insult someone because they don't share our views. Personally, I work hard not to allow ignorance to swallow me in it's wide trap. Hopefully others will learn ny example how to have a civilized conversation without resorting to insult.

  45. Nicholas Johnathan Mulkey says:

    Gary Orlando Mason That's really all you can do. As Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world.

  46. Fortunately, I was raised by a proud Black grandmoter. She was mulatto and could very easily has passed as white, but she maintained her blackness. Old habits and conditions are difficult to overcome. Too many of us still cling to the notion: "the white man's ice is always colder" mentallity.

  47. Some of these things I am okay with, like speaking a European language. I don't feel as though speaking English controls our mind.

    The other thing about food–well, Blacks in slavery were chefs. They made something out of nothing. Again, I don't feel as though this controls our minds as well, despite the fact that African-American soul food so-called started during slavery.

  48. Nzingha Shabaka , Kerric L Jim Reeves

    For me it's about what is more believable that could've caused Sammy to look like Casper the ghost? In my opinion, that's skin lightening cream, that to me seems far more plausible coming out of Sammy mouth than not being truthful about a "steroid cleanse."I was in the fitness business myself, and I'll just say, I've never seen anything like this as a result of steroid use or a "steroid cleanse."Another thing, maybe "steroid cleanse"caused his eyes to lighter as well ?

  49. Brandon Maximillian Purifoy says:

    What is the Arab agenda?

  50. Brandon Maximillian Purifoy says:

    What is the Arab agenda and what is an Arab agenda institute? Second, regarding the author of this post, G. Thorpe, from which African country does your family name originate? And seeing as how you pointed out that most Black people only speak a language of European origin, do you speak a language of African origin?

  51. The myth of soul food and other foods African descendants eat today being foods forced on us during slavery is a tired one. Black people couldn't have survived off of the scraps fed to them so the raised their own crops and hunted and reared their own small livestock even after the long days work they were forced to endure. Rice and bean dishes, black eyed peas, okra, green leafy vegetables stewed with meats, gumbo like dishes, pigeon peas, fried and grilled fish and even entrails ( mondongo and chitterlings). pottages made from plantains, true yam and other tubers as well as fried and mashed plantains were eaten in Africa and later contributed to the diets of not only Black people but the national cuisine of each place they were brought. The idea that these foods are bad because they were eaten by slaves is itself an exercise in internalized racism. Foie Gras and Caviar are garbage parts of animals and are just as high in sodium or fat as any type of soul food, but because of who eats food like that ( the upper class) and the cuisines associated with them ( European cuisines) they don't hold the same stigma.

  52. Brandon Maximillian Purifoy says:

    Instead of using the words "many" and "most," use actual statistics in their place so that the readers can see that you at least attempted to do research for this list. You wrote, "[m]any Black people live in destitute situations, with the same or, at times, worse conditions than during slavery." How many? How are you defining many? What percentage? How do the percentages compare against White people, Latinos, or Asians. I just moved from San Francisco and I can tell you that there were many homeless Black people. There were also many non-Black homeless people.

    When you say that "Black men and women can often be disrespectful toward each other and don’t use amicable methods to settle disputes," you are absolutely correct but how is this exclusive to Black people? You can replace "Black" with any other group of people and the statement would be just as true.

  53. Patrice Sellers says:

    Deuteronmy 28 lays it all out.

  54. Gino Dalino says:

    Does it matter if Jesus was black or white he was the son of God that's all that matters

  55. Additionally, the climb is arduous & blistering but as a people we press on! We can look at our President & see the continual spewing of vitriol although despite that he sets the standard in exceeding all of his predecessors and illuminating a path & blue print for all to follow!
    Yes, as you've indicated that all our people will arrive despite the extreme hardships placed upon us!
    Yes, education is the key!!

  56. Kon Swaby says:

    Sister Rasheedah H. Muhammad I was taught as a small child that my sense of equality comes from within, just like my self-esteem so while society seeks to oppress me I am able to withstand the onslaught, oppression has become part of the human psyche and has mutated into a mental attack as well as a growing physical counterpart. The traditional form of slavery has been eroded so it is time to prepare for the new form…if we continue to have a post slavery mentality then we are making difficult for our descendants to get a fair crack, so let us stop alluding to slavery every time we are not happy with something…we are diluting the super-human feats of our ancestors in surviving in human treatment that now allows us to have this exchange!

  57. Thom Shafer says:

    interesting. the author of this article sounds like he doesn't take any responsibility for his own actions, yet, the people commenting on the article sound very well educated, articulate and generally happy. hmmmm

  58. lmao!! hahahaaaaaaaaaa!

  59. What alot of SHIT this is…. Black people once again findinding any F-ing excuse to keep theselves down…… The black naming of their children for example…… holly shit….. They may ex slave family names 1st… so what… grow up or change it…. Its easy to do…. first names like Beyonce.. or Champagne… or Chavenne etc…. Do you really think that helps? well do? You USA blacks must spend at least half of your disposable income on "being black"… the right walk, the right weave, the right clothes (usually to look like a convict rapist or murderer) As a half Jamaican UK born man I'm f-cking sick to death of being labeled as a "Yo bro" black. Black people must get their heads out of the "Ghetto" and gutter… stop with all this "porn, lap dancer, Ho garbage. Stop blaming history….. its not history's fault the most dangerous thing to a young black man is…. another young black man…… not a police man, and yes you can expect this "oppressed" crap to be thrown in a bin and forgotten…. Stop finding excuses…. START to read a proper book (even if its by a russian, french or chineses author) educate your self about the world we ALL live in and START to thik of yourself as a MAN not a black man… I'm so tired of this shit…..

  60. Albert Lykes says:

    that is so true Rasheedah. As a black man of African descent(African American), i am proud of my heritage,culture, and most importantly the people of color who paved the way for us in our struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity. On a side note, the person in the first picture that was lightening his skin looks like a light skinned ghost reply if you agree that black people should stop lightening their skin because it not only harms your skin, but it also loses sight of where you came from as a black person.once again i like your comment Rasheedah.

  61. Rasheedah H. Muhammad says:

    Albert Lykes The practice of lightening the skin has not been proven 100% safe. It does indeed do more harm than good. The darker the better I say because of the rich biological pigment. No mistake here. I think we should re-educate ourselves.

  62. Keep quiet, Slave.

  63. Nixon Manuel says:

    Thanks very much!

  64. Pam A Jack says:

    Black American are the only people still living with their oppressors; unlike the Jewish people from Germany, America supports them in their new homeland Israel. America never supported black American in America in their community (when we are allow a community ) or in Africa.

  65. Aly Abok says:

    Tim KU Pearson thats not true..African cuisine does include tripe! and so did the old British cuisine!

  66. Janet Bailey Duncan says:

    Tell it, Bro. Stephen!!!!

  67. Stephen Hamilton, your right it is a tired one. Cause we got choices. Blacks who eat that crap choose to. And as for violence, black on black violence it doesn't exist. Cause violence is exclusive to black people, it happens amongst all races in America and around the world. Check out Ireland. Check out Russia. Check out Italy, and check out Scotland. Then come talk to me. And for black people not creating jobs in their communities, we got over 2 million black owned businesses employing 1.4 million people. That's more than the population of Atlanta, St Louis, and Miami combined. That's over a million black families employed and eating. As for black men and women being disrespectful to each other, how about we tell Mel Gibson, Charlie sheen, and them guys to quit beating they women. About the churches and even the self hate I agree but the rest I don't think so.

  68. African nations are rocking and rolling right now. So as for puppets I don't know, cause 6 of the fastest growing economies on earth are in Africa. So I don't see what ya saying there.

  69. I don't even know why the article mentions that, as Ive been to Catholic churches all over Europe and many churches have pictures of a Black Jesus and a Black Mary. I was in a Church in Bratislava, Slovakia and one of the first things I noticed was a big picture of Mary and Jesus and they were both black. I also was at the Catholic church at West Point academy in New York and there was a Picture on the Altar of Mary and Jesus and they were both black. We all know Jesus was a Jew he wasn't white or black but something in between but every nation draws Jesus to look like their own people. This has nothing to do with racism

  70. I don't even know why the article mentions that, as Ive been to Catholic churches all over Europe and many churches have pictures of a Black Jesus and a Black Mary. I was in a Church in Bratislava, Slovakia and one of the first things I noticed was a big picture of Mary and Jesus and they were both black. I also was at the Catholic church at West Point academy in New York and there was a Picture on the Altar of Mary and Jesus and they were both black. We all know Jesus was a Jew he wasn't white or black but something in between but every nation draws Jesus to look like their own people. This has nothing to do with racism

  71. Please stop blaming history folks. I believe most of the non-amicable, uncivil actions are a blatant choice. Why? Because if they shift and change their nasty attitudes around people other than "their own", then they can do it with "their own". I am with Christopher McCollum on this. They just LOVE when people put out excuses for them to continue with the stupidity! It is pathetic!

  72. I agree. It is time out for excuses. They didn't use excuses back when they built the communities which I must -in all fairness say we're bombed and blown up by "this said government"- and should have been replaced by "this said government"-. Aside from that they worked together. Now they are choosing this terrible "mind set" (I'm better than the next "black person" if I can't be better than no one else). Highly mistreating each other over the slightest differences and overly flighty with each other. They keep saying that history is "making" them act this way, but the proof is in this acknowledgment alone, that THEY KNOW BETTER. JUST DO BETTER ALREADY FOLKS!

  73. I agree. It is time out for excuses. They didn't use excuses back when they built the communities which I must -in all fairness say we're bombed and blown up by "this said government"- and should have been replaced by "this said government"-. Aside from that they worked together. Now they are choosing this terrible "mind set" (I'm better than the next "black person" if I can't be better than no one else). Highly mistreating each other over the slightest differences and overly flighty with each other. They keep saying that history is "making" them act this way, but the proof is in this acknowledgment alone, that THEY KNOW BETTER. JUST DO BETTER ALREADY FOLKS!

  74. Rick Smith says:

    When my children were young I purchased a black archangel figurine, for obvious reasons.

  75. Ram Andrew says:

    Nicholas Johnathan Mulkey Anything is better than KFC.

  76. Ram Andrew says:

    Nicholas Johnathan Mulkey Anything is better than KFC.

  77. Bert Ruddock says:

    Thank you.The re socialization of blacks has been accepted by blacks as normal…and until we de socialize ourselves,we will continue to be the oppressed and exploited race in the world.But there is hope.

  78. Bert Ruddock says:

    Thank you.The re socialization of blacks has been accepted by blacks as normal…and until we de socialize ourselves,we will continue to be the oppressed and exploited race in the world.But there is hope.

  79. White person wrote that!

  80. the topic had to do with things learnt by black slaves thought by white master that black still does today. the thing that is most disheartening is that , we can all agree upon what someone else did to black people, but to agree upon what causes it, or might be the causes, we hate to deal with and those causes that were self inflicted, caused by our own types. at Christopher Mc Mallough, it would appears to anyone with JUST REASONING that your comment can be looked at as missed informed and I'll say why. There's a saying" WHO FEELS IT KNOWS IT", and given that fact it is only fair to say that you have no dog in their fight. Your roots can be traced back to , a nation that is a perfect example to what this article is about that to this day there is big gap between the rich and well off, that resides atop of the hills of Jamaica in mansions overlooking the poor residents at the foot of the hill, all a learnt method from the past. There had been revolution fought in Jamaica , poor against rich, and still is. Your neck of the woods might be that of the Huckstables, not for everyone and your bread having cheese with bacon/eggs doesn't by your assumption says that your neighbor's situation is the same.

  81. Your ignorant We Re here now We move forward. The Greeks new that Jesus was black. He is depicted in all their paintings and sculptures as black. Jesus can be any color that you represent. Move forward. You are stuck. Life goes forward not backwards

  82. Holly Rae says:

    What a crock. More "you are a victim" mentality. It's all about blaming others. The author seems to assume that blacks are mostly helpless have no ability to think or do anything for themselves. It also takes the position that they are not responsible for their lives. What a joke.

  83. Milo Steele says:

    What a load of horse-shit. It is magazines like this that perpetuate this crap, that keeps people wallowing in self pity instead of doing something to improve their lot in life. Why? So the 'zine can keep exploiting them by selling them this crap.

  84. None of this crap makes sense…ok maybe a few but most of them are bullshit

  85. All we have to do stay away from you and your kind miss Minnesota. The education curriculam comes directly from JEWS. The Rockelfellars fund our education system for Entertainment and Arts and took us away from Math and Science. The Gophers will NOT teach you anything but how to sit on the lap of White Supremacy.

  86. Look at ALL the Obama Sambos posting how this stuff is FALSE. ITS ALL TRUE. GOOD JOB ATLANTA JOURNAL. Every last one of these people work for WHITES.

  87. So, you justified eating Chitlins because White people eat caviar. We are leaving Obama Sambos behind and we are winning. We have a another new Millionare named Robert Smith. Robert Smith did not sit on a couch to get his either. Atlanta Journal is doing its job.
    Today, I just discovered that there were written languages from West Africa that White Supramist have always said did not exists. THANX TO ATLANTA JOURNAL. KEEP UP THE WORK. WE CANT TAKE EVERY SAMBO WITH US.

  88. This is yet a bunch of more excuses as to why some but many in US black society are so dysfunctional. Blacks take credit for inventing and giving to the world everything else so why exclude the swine. Swine, or Hog ( Pig), existed on the African land mass way before the slavery era we know of. They even existed during Ancient pre Dynastic times known today as Egypt. What is southern cuisines/soul food has been labeled as "slave food". All parts of the Hog/Pig where being consumed in Africa and else where in the world before their intro to North America. Another point to mention. There are Nigerian restaurants in the US today that would go out of business if they depended on Black Americans to keep their business afloat. Egushi, Moi Moi, Snail, Ebongo, and much more are not sought after by American Blacks in Nigerian Restaurants nor the cuisines sold in other African Ethnic places. So "12 Things Learned During Slavery That Black People Still Do Today", really come on now. Don't human nature play a part in human behavior? Slave food, Hummm!

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