In the context of this post, the “enslaver(s)” are the closet racists or biased elites who employ black people or socially disadvantaged people for indeterminate reasons or to meet government quotas.
So without further ado, unlike the House Negro, whose subservience to their enslaver(s) is quite obvious, the Token Negro’s subservience to their enslaver(s) has been relatively more complicated. Though not always an amicable arrangement, the Token Negro either consents to or implicitly complies with the wicked ways of his or her enslaver. Working against their own best interests, the Token Negro will masquerade themselves as true champions for the rights of black people or socially disadvantaged people. Moreover, the Token Negro uses a hidden veil to filter his or her enslaver’s racist and stereotypical perceptions of black people by placating the enslaver’s fears and anger against the rightful persecution that black people have directed at their enslaver(s).
All things considered, the Token Negro serves to mitigate the animosity that black people or socially disadvantaged people have directed at their enslavers. Skulking their way around varied situations and states of affairs, the Token Negro is an expert at befriending both the enslaver and black people to influence peaceful outcomes within hostile work environments. Often motivated by money or some other material reward, the Token Negro is, in my opinion, highly treacherous and a soulless being.
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