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From Generation Slavery is frequently referred to as the school through which Black people passed in its progress from a primitive state to civilization It was the means of introduction of African natives to the American culture The effects of this racial experience have carried over from generation to generation making an imprint in the Black conciseness This is sometimes referred to as the collective conciseness These memories of the middle passage reconstruction era and civil rights are branded into the Black memory and can be expressed through art To understand the Black experience one must analyze the physical psychological and spiritual effects of slavery that lead to this collective consciousness by using a critical analysis of The Colored Museum by George C Wolf The African slave trade was one of the most heinous crimes committed against one race in history It can be compared to the genocide of Jews during World War II This fifty-day journey was inclusive of very harsh and inhumane conditions Because the trade was highly profitable there were deliberate slave raids which entailed a great loss of lifeCulp 19 In The Colored Museum the first exhibit Git on Board establishes the basic premise as it mocks African Americans involuntary voyage to America through the use of a pseudo-sophisticated Black stewardess and images of slaves as baggage to be discarded if not claimed Silverstien 96 An example of the reenactment of the instruction of the shackles reminds the reader of riding in an airplane and hearing the instructions of the buckling the seat belt so one can not move The idea that the shackles are being metaphorically compared to the safety of a seat belt is preposterous and triggers the collective memory Although the reader is amused it still triggers the emotion of the all to familiar journey over the Atlantic The fifty-day journey started the few hundred of years of struggle and misery of the Black experience In the
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