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Power and domination are the driving forces in society Throughout history there have always been those in power and those that are dominated Many tactics have been used to keep this cycle of domination in tact Two of these tactics are described in Erika Apfelbaums Relations of Domination and Movements for Liberation An Analysis of Power between Groups Through the descriptions of these methods of domination the correlation between the methods of domination and the effect it makes on the subordinated is shownOne method described in Apfelbaums analysis is that of grouping In grouping individuals together the dominator separates himself from those he wants to dominate by some physical attribute real or imaginary to distinguish itself power can be maximally exercised when there exists two disparate groups that have been differentiated to the point of a clear distinction between us and them Apfelbaum 197 In finding a difference the dominating group can mark the subordinates as lower because they possess the said defect An example of this is shown in Ronald Takakis Iron Cages The enslaved blacks were grouped together by their dark complexions One American Dr Benjamin Rush further distinguished blacks as not only savage in their lifestyles but came to the conclusion that blacks suffered from a form of leprosy Dr Rush offered observations intended to prove that the color and figure of Negroes were derived from a modification of leprosy Takaki 30 The traits found in blacks such as the big lip flat nose and woolly hair were all a part of his diagnosis for their difference from that of their white superiors After hundreds of years of domination blacks found a way to counteract the negative impact of white subjugation As stated by Bell Hooks in Black Looks Race and Representation blacks need to learn to cherish their blackness and their other distinguishing figures Cone calls upon whites blacks and all other non-black groups to stand against white supremacy
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