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The face of slavery captured in artwork from the Confederate – Memorial at Arlington National

By Karen Brittingham-Edmond ECHOTVNEWS

Artist Fred R Barnard once said, "A picture is worth a thousand words" this interesting phrase provides a thoughtful perspective when viewing the Confederate - memorial at Arlington National Cemetery that captures the image of an enslaved woman in its statue.

Per an article written by Ian Shapiro in The Washington Post named "At Arlington Cemetery, a Confederate monument to the South and slavery still stands." Reports on how confederate symbols exist in the 21st century.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/05/arlington-cemetery-confederate-monument-slavery/ As well as the changing opinion of America in regards to symbols of white supremacy.

According to Judith Ezekiel, a professor emeritus at Wright State University, OH shares that "the statue is particularly egregious because it's trying to show that Black enslaved people were complicit in the Confederacy." Said statue even has a quote referring to the image of the enslaved Black woman as "Mammy," holding a confederate soldier child while the other child grasps desperately to her skirt.

Per my report, I would like for us to focus on the psychological impression of the artwork. The truth of the matter of the enslaved woman holding the confederate soldier's child could be said soldiers' sister or worse mother of children. Hence that makes this statue unique because it reveals the deeper psyche of belief system utilized by confederates. Moreover, you can see the blank expressed emotion of enslaved women that reminisces that of people suffering from Helsinki and Depressive Disorder in DSM-5. https://www.britannica.com/science/Stockholm-syndrome

Confederate statues hold no honor to God or humanity. They are still evidence of why African Americans who are the direct descendants of people who survived chattel slavery deserve their reparations. As well as explain why a portion of people of color follow faithfully behind racist as if it’s normal.


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