#TheseDistinctionsStillExistToday When people discuss slavery, they often break slaves up into two categories — the field negro and the house negro, but there is actually a third and decisive category of slave that we often overlook or mis-identify.
Here are the categories:
1. The Field Negro — the most marginalized of slaves, and the closest resemblance to the original African in appearance and mindset. This slave is difficult to break, often recalcitrant and in constant need of discipline by those in power. He is a slave, but he wants no part of it. He still dreams of freedom and he looks for the moment to break free.
2. The House Negro — often a mulatto, or at least of lighter complexion than the field negro, being more accepting of their role as a slave. The House negro is willing to sacrifice their dignity for the sake of being treated better, under the erroneous perception that they are viewed or esteemed better than their brothers in the field.
3. The Domesticated Negro — This is the negro that actually believes that they have an invested interest in ownership of the big house. Stephen in the movie, Jango Unchained, would be the best example of this type of slave. This slave does not identify with being black or a slave. His privileges among the white master has convinced him that he is more white than black. Because of the privilege experienced by the domesticated negro, he has no problem selling out his own race in order to preserve that perceived advantage he enjoys.
Believe me when I tell you that there is no creature on this earth more dangerous to black progression than the domesticated negro in his contemporary form. He is 10 times more lethal to his own than any white racist could ever be, because in his mind, he can never appear sympathetic to the plight of the African American. He can never be associated with them, because he fears being shunned by the white power structure that provides his advantages. He has been taught to despise you, and to prove that he does, he will cut your throat.
Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.
*One of the unapologetic black voices being amplified by Alt Black Media.