Course: Caribbean Psychology Review
Lecturer: Ms. Marjorie Samuels
Assignment: Essay/The after effect of slavery in the Caribbean
Lecture Day & Time: Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Student’s Name: Chauntée Suckragh
Student I.D.: 1002C0059
March 26, 2014
According to the author of the text “Historical Dictionary of Slavery and Abolition, “…although finally generally accepted as abhorrent and finally formally banned, slavery has not disappeared. It has merely assumed other forms, adapting to social mores and economic circumstances. Despite centuries of efforts for emancipation and abolition, slavery – or very similar practices – continues to exist and the struggle to eradicate it must continue (Klein, 2002).”
From the information I gathered from researching about the effects of slavery on African-Caribbean people, and based on a simple survey I conducted by questioning a few close friends, co-workers, family members and classmates, I can safely say that today, many individuals who are descendants of slaves often are "chained in the brain" and cannot let go of living a low lifestyle and not respect themselves or others and their property. Some sell their bodies and drugs to get ahead, not realizing they are doing a disservice to themselves and their community. “It is very popular for African/Caribbean people to deny that slavery still affects our individual beings up to this very day, and, in their quest to appear normal in terms of social integration, they tend to hide themselves under masks of professionalism, academic achievement and self-sufficiency (Hope, 2006).”
Slavery has also left social side effects on Caribbean people. “The social side effects of slavery are these: denial, a sense of inferiority/superiority, not acknowledging the inhumanity of it, injustice, continued cruelty, bigotry, racism, denial of well rounded educations, denial of decent housing and entrapment in inferior neighborhoods and...