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Ghost Essay

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“Ghost of the plantation” serves as a phrase that summarizes the lifestyle and mentality of the African American community. The “ghost” is a spiritual form of repression that still exist in the African American society that haunts recaptures minds of the society, while the “plantation” is the home to many slaves and cage from freedom. When integrated the “ghost of the plantation” symbolizes the condition of a traumatic pass that controls African Americans socially and mentally. It is mental enslavement that is resulted from the historical trauma of the past African ancestors that is transcended into to the current generations. According to author, the ghost is slavery that recaptures the mind, imprison motivation, perception, aspiration and identity.
Many African Americans lifestyles are connected to the historical contents of slavery. Though this occurred over 300 years ago it still exhibits a great impact on the generations of the African today. The African American community is mentally scared by the past and this has impacted the work ethics, leadership, and personal identification of African Americans. With so many impact the only solution to this traumatic problem is to renew the motivation of this community of people through the retracing of their history and developing a new perspective and understanding of the past. This will allow “slavery... (to be )..A starting point…and not an ending point.”
During slavery working was forced labor upon slaves that was driven by the slave masters.as a result of the disturbing past many African Americans today perceives work as being equated with slavery because 300years ago it was a forceful position that was used as a representation of power. The historical representation of work has transcended to African American today and many refers to work as “slave” because of the distasteful connection. Consequently, the unemployment of African Americans is greater than other races. The hatred against work is instilled mentally and their actions are then restricted because of the mental perception. Avoidance of work is a form of rebellion against the masters because this leads to the dependence on welfare which is sponsored by the ones in power.in addition to the avoidance of work the African Americans community seeks to deliver the message that it is possible to not work and still being able to attain a superior role in society. Consequently, many of the jobs like pimping and hustling are directly related to the history of slavery and the mental enslavement of the African Americans today.
Property ownership was once only available to slave masters and those with superior power. Today in society many people try to live the lifestyle of being superior and as a result times to materialistic ownership to attain power. Correspondingly in attempting to attain such power African American are thus trying to become slave masters. This goal that is pursued by many is done with persistence because it is viewed as a...

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