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Invisible Chains


“Still trapped in a history which they do not understand and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.” James Baldwin (1963)

History repeats itself if the world forgets. Understanding the history of race and economics in America will help you understand why it is important to know first the truth about our history with race and the economic impact on the lives of Americans and lives around the world.

Capitalism equals slavery. History is manifesting itself in a way that may be hard to see because a group of human beings is no longer in chains. This time around, the evil past that we are all too familiar with is not so discriminatory, as it is taking its toll on all shades and hues.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one.” Galatians 3:28

We must start by embracing the possibility that we are all here on Earth with a purpose to learn and grow and love. That we are all truly connected. This is why compassion is so important. We need to care about what happens to our neighbors, where history has taken us because it could be you one day, or your children, or grandchildren and so forth. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” History will repeat itself until the lesson is learned.

American government policies caused the wealth gap between blacks and whites. American government policies are currently impacting the gap between the poor and wealthy. Income inequality is an injustice and it is now the time that we see it as such and with urgency. Economic justice used to be reserved for whites only in the land of the free. Now the color lines are fading. There are people living in cities still impacted by American policy and the gap continues to widen regardless of your contribution to the system. We must demand accountability from our government since policy impacts everything that exists in the world. If we look deep in how capitalism operates we will find that slavery was never truly unchained, just simply reinvented.

OUR United States of America has so much wealth that we can transform communities and “community”. We must ask ourselves what are WE waiting for? How much longer are WE going to allow OUR policies to impact lives?

  • Tax breaks for the wealthy is an economic injustice.
  • Deregulation of banks is an economic injustice.
  • The cost of healthcare in America is an economic injustice.
  • High compounding interest rates on student loans is an economic injustice.
  • Our bloated defense budget is an economic injustice.
  • The millions of homeless people in America is an economic injustice.

Everything we see on the exterior is just a veil and everything on the interior speaks to who we truly are. The world is a mirror and every last one of us is a reflection. Blacks in America played a very important role in the world’s history and its existence is intentional. The purpose of black skin in America is to reveal what we get when racism, power and greed rule the world.

“Modern slaves are not in chains they are in debt.” – Unknown

Written by Aline Alzime

32 years old Haitian-American from Northern VA! I am spiritually fluid and my goal in life is to be free of all conditioned thinking.

Aline Alzime is a Guest Contributor to Progressive Army.

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Invisible Chains