*African American life is defined by the shadow of its brutal domestic history. Born to a lineage caste from the iron of slave shackles, and outlined in Federal Housing Administration lines penned with the red blood drained from native black American communities over the course of centuries. Black Americans are a people mixed with slave owner and slave who were deliberately shut out of virtually all access to wealth for nearly 400 years. Indeed, as harsh as the above description is, it may in fact understate the extent to which native black disadvantage provided the raw materials necessary to build the richest country on earth. Native descendants of American slaves—or American DOS—literally served as the very currency that undergirded the early American economy.
I write this piece following the ground work laid by W.E.B. Dubois’s Veil of Double Consciousness. The veil he described was a visualization of the racial duality blacks take on