Narrative Essay : The Bondage And My Freedom

2084 Words May 10th, 2016 9 Pages
In former United States President Lyndon Johsnon’s passage, he states “you do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, and bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, ‘you are free to compete with all the others’, and still justly believe you have been completely fair”. In this passage, Johnson is explaining that even with abolishing the slavery of Africans, African-Americans are placed in the bottom within the system, in which Whites are placed ahead to further their own success, continue being victorious, and simply prevailing in economic competition. This mechanism became a practice and social chain during and after slavery, which White-Americans use to embed in society to thrive by marginalizying African-Americans while using that to validate their culture of subordination.
This connects to Frederick Douglass’s autobiographical narrative My Bondage and My Freedom, an African-American writer who was enslaved. He expressed that his life after slavery was not much different, because as a Black man, Frederick and other African-Americans continued to serve White’s because they placed themselves on top of the ladder while Black suffer by holding that ladder for them. African-Americans have no choice because that is the only option to survive in a society where a White man placed himself fin a pedestal by profiting from marginalization and subordination, while disguising it as the notion of equality rather than practice it. In the novel,…

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