Mental Slavery is far more sinister than physical slavery because the chains are invisible and are transmitted across generations.
If African slavery was only physical, African people would have within one generation been able to skip the plethora of social-economic issues which plague African people globally the second the chains came off.
Mental slavery affects how people see their own reality. This manipulation has always been through mainstream media, religion, and education. So the opinions about reality are sourced—without any suspicion—from the very same people that said Africa was bursting with primitive cannibal savages; a place of no history, a place of no humanity—the dark and savage continent. And via these mass indoctrination devices the very same imperialistic colonial powers are still (without change in strategy) stating that; without Western "help" you have no hope, our ways are the best ways, our goods are the best goods,
and our 'human rights' (aka quest for more oil) is good for you, you are better off with us, than with your own people. People remain gullible to the “gospel” of their former enslavers—despite all the sordid history in evidence. So the root of mental slavery is ignorance resulting in a poor grasp of information about self and the world, to function to one's full human potential.
When someone is mentally enslaved they do not understand the guys dressed in fire protection gear, with fire hose, breaking down their door to rescue them from the fire are saving them. That is why mental slavery is worse than physical slavery. Because at least during Physical slavery if you got on board the slave ship and starting breaking the chains and taking people back to Africa they would all thank Q and call you a liberator. Today, trying to free people mentally enslaved you get called names while they run away from you deeper into oppression.
It is critical that we understand the slave mind: Not the slave mouth. You can train someone to say anything; they can say "I am 100% for transforming African people" but deep inside the mind is that little slave who only wants "a more comfortable cage". So when African agency and African economics hit reality they freeze up and go into slave attack mode to preserve the cage environment.
During slavery the scraps and leftovers of food and apparel went to the enslaved Africans. Today the crumbs, the fat from the used bones of Western propaganda still are staples of the diet of the subaltern. Blind allegiance to a system which has no recourse to any sort of higher human values. Copied aped, celebrated and applied by free men and women under ‘independent’ flags and anthems all over the world; almost oblivious to their re-applying the machinery of oppression.
So what being oppressed means in the broadest and most salient terms is the occupation of ethics, logic, and culture, thought process, long term thinking, critical thinking, and paradigms by those of the oppressor’s. So the beauty standard which is applicable to the European aesthetic is transferred, without modification, regardless of the incongruous state of beauty that is to the oppressed. These models of beauty are desperately adopted—at all cost. Mental slavery created an inability to make reference to self, so that in both the contemporary and historical context identities, even those under the banner of “liberation,” are corrupted and sit upon the very platform of their oppressors paradigms, for the benefit of that oppression. Liberation within the structures that created the African ‘Other” is therefore relative—not absolute.
The discourse on post-traumatic slavery syndrome, popularized by Joy Leary, is part of the study of mental slavery. While that study looks for biological connectivity to the genetic ancestors of African people, this study reports on the patterns in human behavior, which includes economics, socialization, formal and informal relationships, ideology, work ethos, and all other related areas of people activity.
More than the film Roots, of lives on a plantation exposed to inhumanities. The most violent product of chattel slavery is mental slavery. It expresses itself by creating, among other things, dependency and an inferiority-complex. It infects every concept from notions of beauty, values, and even the preference of "renting" over the prospect of "buying." Many Africans globally, especially in areas heavily influenced by European domination, continue to wear their wealth on the outside (shoes, clothing, cars), while other groups wear their money on the inside (educational development) first. Mental slavery, also impacts African discernment. Because failure to know oneself also means failure to identify self-interest it is often in this confused state the offense of oppression cannot be located in the minds of the mental slaves. It is no wonder they are given to attack the seat of their own liberation for minutia issues.
In chattel slavery Africans could not own anything, you could not have long term investment plans in your family (they could be sold away at any moment). Myopic thinking is a vestige of slavery, as no enslaved African had the luxury for over 300 years of thinking beyond the moment. So today a flashy car (instant gratification) takes the place of any long-term wealth (like owning a house). The need to sate the superficial is not exclusively created by mental enslavement but is heavily augmented by it.
Investment in education was futile in slavery and still this legacy continues. Mental slavery also impacts most of all value of self, value in seeing African stories. How else can we explains why the Jewish story in film and print is everywhere in the world despite Jews only being a World population less than the city of Lagos. And why is it the story of Africa (more than 1 billion people) is rarely told, and when it is told it is at the hands of European agents. Some Africans are so mentally confused that they are active agents of whitewashing and escaping from slavery, they will state "I am sick of hearing about slavery the past is the past." The African voice, the African woman and man, the African relationships and African films and media have no value in the minds of those who have no value of self. And this pervasive legacy washes not only this contemporary African generation, but future generations waiting to be born.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the American Psychiatric Association's standard reference for psychiatry includes over 400 different definitions of mental disorders. They define a mental disorder as a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, which is not considered part of normal development in a person's culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. The first thing an afflicted person says? I do not have a problem. Despite all the empty alcohol bottles and the empty credit card balance—they are not sick. Denial. Redirection, are all medical signs of a mental disease. If someone was beautiful and started to tear their beauty apart they would be diagnosed as having a mental condition. Agoraphobia, Bipolar, Anorexia, Dyspareunia, Bulema, and . If someone destroys their beauty to achieve something which is not naturally beautiful is it not possible that person is suffering from a mental disease—like skin bleaching and extreme chemical treatment of hair. If a mother rejects a child, is that not listed under a mental condition? If someone acts outside of their own self-interest but in the self-interest of another person, clearly that is a brain misfiring. And that is exactly how mental slavery should be treated. Like Stockholm syndrome and all other mental diseases.
Like all mental defects or diseases, mental slavery is very hard to define. Bipolar disorder, despite all the medical technology, eludes detection by any know medical test. Likewise there are no instruments that can calculate the percentage of mental enslavement a person is suffering from. A person might be affected in one area, but not in another. It might be subside for a while and later reoccur under certain stresses—like when a marriage breaks down, or when financial circumstances change.
Part of the criteria of diagnosis has to take into account patterns in group behavior—the group being African people. On an individual level you will find Europeans suffering for low self-value, they may have poor image of self, but this is very different because while on an individual level they have an inferiority complex due to inadequacies of their local self, they have zero racial inferiorities as a collective. They do not look at their racial station in the world and wonder, like Africans do, what have my people contributed to modernity. They are in the extreme opposite set-up by every single thing—not dealing with if it is true or false—reaffirms their “superiority” station among the races of human kind.