Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery
"Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery" by Na'Im Akbar
Na'Im Akbar's series of essays helps to uncover and delineate the nature and contributing causes of self enslavement experienced by many black Americans in todays social-political setting. Some readers will be surprised by the legacy of enslavement and others will readily recognize the constrainting beliefs and restrictive behavior that get unconsciously passed down to the next generation. The driving emotional trait is one of survival and it inhibits trusting and embracing change and collective support. Unless one intervenes in the domino effect, enslavement continues to plaque the black urban community. It show up in our behaviors and attitudes in learning institutions and carries through many domains, even to how black men disengage in parental responsibilies.