You might not have heard of the word “Dehumanization” before but I’m sure you have heard of or have seen a person being dehumanized. I have one for you, Slaves! Slaves were treated less than a person for most of their life. Now, I am sure you guys have all heard of a slave.
Personally, I have never seen, been or known a slave, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t heard about, how badly they were treated. When you look up the word slave, the first thing on the page is the definition of the word. In the dictionary, the word “slave” is “a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” When you read the definition, you might think that it could be defining a maid, but it’s not. A slave did not get paid, matter of fact they got “abused” when and if they didn’t do something right. A slave didn’t get to go “home” at the end of the day, they had an accommodation that was provided to them which consisted of wooden shacks with dirt floors and was usually shared with multiple people that were huddled, like cattle.
Slavery in America began in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, and it wasn’t officially abolished until late 1865. Meaning slavery went on for more than 200 years. That is a long time for people to be treated as less than a person. If I were a slave I wouldn’t know what to do with my life. I can’t imagine how they felt and how slave masters could bare to treat people so badly.
Still to this day people are treated as less than a person. Children and even adults are being bullied because of the way they look, whether they have a disability or whether they have a different skin color. People now of days are so cruel just because they don’t like a person’s skin color and even hair color. I am a blonde girl and when I hear someone telling a “blonde girl” joke I get offended, just because not all blondes are “dumb”.