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2834 Burger Avenue

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469.583.3275

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Slavery conditioning is the process slave masters used to psychologically make a better slave. Author Kenneth Stampp, in his book, The Peculiar Institution, outlines the four pillars of conditioning a slave. Included were fear, loyalty, inferiority, and hatred. When making a slave the first thing you do is to instill fear. Second, you teach the slave to have loyalty only to his master. Thirdly, you teach them to feel inferior by always showing Whites in a position of authority. Lastly, you teach them to hate anything connected to Africa. The methods used to socially condition Blacks were horrific and indicative of the vicious nature of the enslavement process. One example, cited from the “Cardinal principles for making a Negro”, the writer says:

“Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the . . . [slaves], tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining nigger(s). The next step is to take a bullwhip and beat the remaining nigger to the point of death in front of the female and infant. Don’t kill him but put the fear of God in him, for he can be useful in future breeding.”
From, Let’s Make a Slave, by Robert L. Brock Norman Coombs, in The Black Experience in America, pp. 40 wrote, “The social conditioning process instilled strict discipline in Blacks, a sense of inferiority, belief in the slave owners’ superior power, acceptance of the slave owners’ standards and a deep sense of a slave helplessness and dependence. The slave owners cut Blacks off from their history, culture, language and community, and implanted White society’s value system”.

C. Clark in a 1972 monumental article for Black Psychology entitled, Black Studies or the Study of Black People in R. Jones, states: “In order to fully grasp the magnitude of our current problems, we must reopen the books on the events of slavery. Our objective should not be to cry stale tears for the past, or to rekindle old hatreds for past injustices. Instead, we should seek to enlighten our path of today by better understanding where and how the lights were turned out yesterday.
We should also understand that slavery should be viewed as a starting point for understanding the African American psyche, and not as an end. Therefore, the

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study of the African American psyche should include psycho-history, but if should not be exclusively concerned with events in the past”. In Survival Strategies for Africans in America, pp.33, Anthony Browder says it best, “African Americans we must never forget that our ancestors were compelled by the letter of the law and the force of the whip, to accept the ideals and beliefs imposed on them by their so-called masters. They were forbidden from expressing their own thoughts and perceptions of the world and were forced to accept the beliefs and behaviors deemed appropriate for them. These steps were taken to ensure the continuation of slavery from one generation to the next. Such social engineering manufactured culturally deficient clones, generation after generation, over the last four centuries. Each successive generation was infected from the time of inception with an ingrained cultural virus that was designed to prevent them from reaching their fullest potential.”

In Black Labor White Wealth, pp.165, Dr. Claud Anderson points out, “The slave

owner’s absolute power over Blacks allowed them to operate an efficient and effective slavery conditioning system. Slaveholders constructed internal controls on slaves that minimized the external force needed to control them. The government provided the environment of legal framework that allowed the conditioning process to exist for 250 years . . . The effects carried over into freed Black society and affected the general behavior of Blacks as a race of people”. Jawanza Kunjufu, in the powerful book Solutions for Black America, pp.145 says, “Affluent Whites who are valued in America and who have experienced trauma are given treatment immediately. When there have been in stressful events – Columbine, Kentucky, Oregon – the government sent counselors immediately to address the survivors’ needs. The fundamental problem for African Americans is that when slavery ended in 1865, African Americans were not given counseling to address post-traumatic slavery disorder.” Left untreated post-traumatic slavery disorder amounts to slavery social conditioning. The symptoms of slavery social conditioning are what forms inappropriate behavior patterns.

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A good book dedicated to the million African American families who live in squalor and poverty and earn less than $7,000 annually and the 20 percent of African American adults who earn less than $14,000 per year and, unfortunately, the 50 percent of African American children who live in their households is Solutions for Black America, by Jawanza Kunjufu. It seems like books are popping up all over the place and they advance many different beliefs, liberal, conservative, establishment, grass root, multicultural, racist, sexist, etc. We recommend that you read the books pointed out in the Spearmangroup articles because we have read them and know the author’s commitment to Black progress. That way you will be assured of getting information that will take you forward.

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