12 Years a Slave

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We as people would much rather ignore the cruelty committed by people and others, because it’s true of any where. The result of ignorance for the sake of what many perceived as being normal. The same is true for slavery, this prejudice is unnatural, human beings aren't born to be owned or to be used as free labor. I believe that prejudice supports the practice of slavery In the attribution error the slave owners developed attitudes that would justified slavery in their minds, they perceived the people they enslaved as lazy, ignorant, and irresponsible. In the movie 12 Years a Slave, the stereotypes were seen thru out the movie, so much so that even upon Solomons freedom people would not believe he could be a free man solely because of the color of his skin. I dont know if I have more empathy for Solomon as a freed African American or for the Africans who were still enslaved. I started thinking am I a bad person because I valued one person's pain over another even though they were both thrown into the very same physical and emotional situation of slavery? I am not saying that each was displayed as two different kinds of people but the film did differentiate two very different ways of thinking. Solomon Northup’s story is cruel and inhuman but what's fascinating about the story is how it looks at prejudice, slavery, social structures and moral issues with the white and black cultures. Moments into the film the conversation between Solomon and Eliza forced me to not only view the past from a different angle, but to rethink where we as human stand on this subject today. How often are we like Solomon and convinced that things aren’t that bad like Eliza in the film, we cannot excuse injustice, no matter what it hids behind. Never before have I witnessed a clearer model of a double consciousness. I really dont like movies like this, it is agreat movie, I found the…...

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