A couple of white historians say slaves found service, stability and security in slavery and people are actually reblogging this without commentary? Way to erase the incredibly abusive, psychologically fucked up nature of the institution of slavery and the thousands of narratives that have thoroughly disproven this fucked up notion. And let’s stop comparing the way the government or people in power systematically fuck people over to the way slaveholders governed because it’s not the same thing thing. The system is fucked up, but the government in no way resembles a slavemaster and acting like we, under this system, have any conception of what slaves’ lives were like is belittling and flat-out racist.
Anti-government activists on both the left and right need to think about the assumptions they’re born into that make them think shit like THIS is okay, because what’s fucked up about this isn’t the role the government is playing in oppressing its constituents but the role white jackasses are playing in erasing the suffering and maltreatment slaves experienced in this country to serve their own narcissistic means. The assumptions you need to think about are the ones that make you believe treating racism as some profound philosophical revelation are acceptable methods of propaganda. Because that’s just as fucked up as the state and just as unacceptable.
The “misplaced” attachment of subjects to their abusers is not uncommon, and has been documented in many different contexts. It happens in abused children and women, cults, controlling relationships, prisoner of war camps, and other people or institutions that enforce unreasonable control on those who have no recourse. Stockholm Syndrome itself is most commonly perceived to occur with hostage situations, with the logic behind developing this relationship with an abuser or captor is in the interest of self-protection. (9) This development occurs when there are perceived threats of violence, disempowerment of the subject, high levels of stress or trauma upon subject, and ultimate dependence upon the person in control for base survival.
In the mid-19th century, many African-Americans felt betrayed by Lincoln when his government emancipated them. Some adamantly refused to leave their masters even when they were granted freedom. Though in a sense, slaves were confined to the area which their master presided over and had the lingering fear of violence, they still could claim certain areas of their lives were their own, and were not generally as directly threatened as hostages are. Even so, the legacy of domination and abuse manifested itself in these “one-sided relationships” where African-American slaves remained devoted to their American master despite the cruelty they had endured. (1) “Indeed, the regulation of behavior and the resultant adjustment that was made had a direct influence on the consequent formation of the slave’s personality.”(Huddlestone – Mattai, 347)
The reason why the fact is “shocking” is because that slavery was, as you said, “incredibly abusive, psychologically fucked up”. The picture is asking for people to re-examine dependency on abusive relationships in their own lives, it didn’t even mention the government or anything else that you projected.