Patient’s name: DeAllen ‘average black dude who was just freed’ Williams
Diagnosis: Caged Animal Syndrome
Symptoms: Share-cropping, going back to previous owners (variant of Stockholm syndrome), extreme co-dependence, poverty, starvation, self perpetuating social inferiority.
Description of disease: Caged Animal Syndrome is a disease referring to the concept of caging an animal from birth and locking it there for years while only feeding it something nasty like tofu burgers, and then one day just opening the cage door. What should happen (at least in my thoughts on this poorly-thought-out cheesy metaphor) is the animal will bolt out of its cage into the world it’s never seen before. The animal will then slouch back into its cage leaving it in the same poor situation but this time it is much more degrading because the door is open and the animal still stays.
Recommendation: DeAllen needs to leave the plantation and find a low paying job or maybe an apprenticeship in town. Even though he might go hungry for the first bit he will then be on independent footing allowing him to succeed in the capitalist economy driven by small business. God bless Amerika.
FYI : I am not saying black people are animals
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