As a young black man in America, if you’re to believe that you are, “in reality,” free, then one way to help validate that thought of consciousness is to examine our country’s hierarchy in terms of what black culture owns, comparable to what its white counterpart owns. To the contrary, if you continue to believe that you’re truly free in America, then one might suppose that “freedom” is indeed merely a state of mind, [regardless] of what real-life experiences suggest or would prove otherwise. Nonetheless, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that indoctrination is a preferred tool when it comes to mitigating the brutal effects of oppression, encouraging those that are oppressed to believe that, in fact, they’re not. Likewise, if one believes that the remnants and awful effects of American slavery are fictions of the mind for blacks in America, then I’d strongly recommend that they revisit America’s untainted history, in that something has been terribly misconceived along the way. In short, freedom for black folks in America would be equivalent to white privilege for white folks in America, and it would replicate that concept in whatever way it evolves constructively. Are you free in America, really?
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