21st century slaves are fed the empty calories of a placebo-styled " hope " : minus any demand for literacy; avoidance of trouble with the criminal justice system ( the basis of my Capt. Black presentations ) or prioritization upon building businesses and other institutions to attend to our material and other needs.
By Nadra Enzi
Feed anyone of any color a steady diet of low expectations, WIC, TANF, job programs where actual work is optional and music video mores and you too can have a host of 21st Century slaves ( "habots " ) from whom billions can be made, ranging from the compulsive consumption to the incarceration orientation of these habots. My term "habots" refers to the robotic behavior demonstrated by people programmed to do the same limiting thing endlessly with little thought toward self-development or even variety.
There are plenty of White habots, just in case someone thinks I'm beating up on my poor defenseless people. Far from it, I'm beating up on the dumbing down of Black selfhood so many have embraced as a new civic gospel.
21st century slavery in modern America exists alongside advances in access to the national mainstream. While not an advocate of blind immersion into a majority culture with empty pockets ( and skulls in numerous cases ), I do advocate mastering knowledge skills that will make you marketable and able to understand the business and legal jargon dancing around you at all times.
21st century slaves are fed the empty calories of a placebo-styled " hope " : minus any demand for literacy; avoidance of trouble with the criminal justice system ( the basis of my Capt. Black presentations ) or prioritization upon building businesses and other institutions to attend to our material and other needs. Consequently, even the most progressive supporters of civil rights from other communities must contend with inert millions unmoved by good intentions.
While 21st Century slavery is a linear descendant of its historic predecessor, it is up to Black people and Black people alone to interrupt this self-destructive pattern which we now create on auto-pilot from generations hence. Black History Month observances absent serious discussion about the slavish habots in our midst are empty rituals unworthy of investing time nor money into perpetuating.
We can continue shifting focus on the feel-good news of who the 44th President of the United States is at our peril because millions of 21st century slaves make his job harder in addition to lowering the success ratio in our national community.
Arguments as to the ultimate origin of this appalling condition all lead, I think, to one inescapable conclusion: Black folks may not have put themselves in this mess, but this mess is ours to clean up!!The care and feeding of 21st Century slaves, i.e habots is a nightmare beyond the worst imagined by the best horror or science fiction author.Facing legions of flesh-eating zombies or angry aliens would be almost merciful compared to what productive Black folks of all persuasions face on a daily basis.
~Nadra Enzi aka Capt. Black is a writer and promotes avoiding trouble with the criminal justice system as living via inspiration instead of incarceration. NADRACAPTBLACK@YMAIL.COM