March 19, 2014, - 4:06 pm

“You Can’t Say That in Front of Black People!” – This Jewelry Symbolizes Muslim Subjugation

By Debbie Schlussel

Political correctness in this country has really reached absurd levels. The more you think it can’t get more ridiculous, the more it does. It turns out–although this isn’t news to me and probably not to you, either–that liberal White people are far more offended by things than the “poor, helpless” Black people they think they are advocating for in their patronizing way.

And so it goes with my experience the other day at a clothing store.



Slave Bracelets a/k/a Harem Bracelets

I’ve been going to this clothing store, literally since I was a teen. I know the people who own it and work there very well, and they are very nice hard-working people who know fashion and sell great bargains. But they are also liberals. The store features many accessories, including jewelry. While I was browsing the store, one of the salespeople was showing a nearby customer a bracelet in a particular style, which features a chain or other attachment from the bracelet to the finger (or multiple fingers) or to a ring (or multiple rings) that goes on a finger (fingers). I own a few bracelets in that style, and am well aware that the style is known a “slave bracelet” (though I bought mine years ago, long before I knew of their Muslim origin and degradatory nature and symbolism).

When I heard the customer ask what the style is called and the saleswoman said she didn’t know, I responded, “it’s called a ‘slave bracelet.'” But since the salesperson showing the bracelet was Black, all of the White people in the store were aghast that I said this. You could see it on their faces (their disturbed looks directed at me), and I heard it in at least one of their gasps. The Black salesperson was not offended. But all of the White people around us were. Apparently, you can no longer use the word “slave” in front of a Black person (who was never a slave, herself, by the way), even though you are referring to the commonly known style of a bracelet.

Slave bracelets date back for centuries. Muslims forced women in their harems to wear them to signify their sex slave status, which is why the bracelets are sometimes also called, “harem bracelets.” They were used in the African slave trade by Muslim Arabs (and Africans) either as a medium of exchange for slaves or as a way of identifying slaves. But they were also worn (and still are) in both Asian Indian culture and “Native American” Indian culture (though I suspect that this is historically newer to American Indians who made them for tourists, after the bracelets became popular in 1920s American flapper culture). Some Asian Indian culture–such as the thug tribe and their status as thieves and murderers–originated in Islam, and it appears slave bracelets in Asian Indian culture may have come from Islam as well. Slave bracelets were also used (and still are) in belly dancing in the Middle East, another extension of Islamic harem culture.

So, while nobody really knows for certain the origin of the bracelets or how the name “slave bracelet” actually originated, it appears it came from the subjugation of women and Blacks by Muslims. Today, while they are often part of high fashion, they are also frequently a part of the bizarre clothing of sexual deviants in bondage fetishism.

In any event, this particular style of bracelet is what it is. And I am not required to mince words and call it something other than what it is. . . unless I abide by the rulings of the liberal though police and their ludicrous political correctness.

Um, no thanks.

The White women who gave me dirty looks are from wealthy mostly White neighborhoods. I grew up in and continue to live in a mostly Black neighborhood and apartment complex, and I went to a majority Black high school. I don’t need instructions in racism and speech from these self-appointed elitist arbiters of morality. I asked a couple of these women who gave me dirty looks if they were aware where slave bracelets came from and why they are called that. They didn’t know and they didn’t care. All they cared about was showing how “down with the struggle” they are and displaying their chic disdain for an “ignorant,” “insensitive” White chick (me) who used the word “slave” in front of a Black person. (And if I told them about the apparent Muslim origins of this particular piece of jewelry, I’m sure they would have labeled me twice the insensitive bigot they had already determined that I was.)

You really think Black people haven’t heard the word before? Are we supposed to ignore history and pretend this didn’t happen, by using a different name?

That’s what liberals do. I choose otherwise.

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39 Responses

Debbie, keep Doing You!

Big D on March 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I would have said the exact same thing!

MomInMinnesota on March 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

For those anting to buy the aforementioned jewelry, SLAVE BRACELETS, here is a nice selection:

JeffT on March 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    anting would be wanting, if I typed better.

    JeffT on March 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

So if buying this would make them fashionable–aren’t they a slave to fashion? Oops, I am banished in new america….

Sean on March 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Good one..

    HK on March 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm


Our Secretary Of State can take it out on Israel but he would never dare to treat the Russians in that kind of manner.

Foreign Minister Lavrov told him in not many words to shove it on Crimea and he meekly complied but Israel’s Defense Minister says about him and his boss our Prez what every one knows and The Lurch finds his outraged sense of dignity to call and berate Israel’s Prime Minister.

That incidentally, is why the Russians are laughing at us. We walk all over our allies.

NormanF on March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    As my former senator, I knew Herman Munster, as SOS, would completely bumble away our status as a superpower…its been done

    HK on March 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    NormanF, Now it appears that America has no allies/friends…just self interests! : )

    It is just ME AGAIN on March 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Ya’aalon demeaned and forced to kiss Hagel’s tuchas.

    HK on March 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

My car had a slave cylinder go bad so I had to scrap it because the parts guy was black.

chuck tones on March 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

First, remind people the First Amendment is still valid, in spite of the PC loons who are restricting it one word at a time. Then remind these same nut bags that banning a word neither changes history or people’s attitudes.
If a news reporter says that Joe Schmo called Obama a n-gger, that does not make the reporter a racist, just the lout who called Obama it. Instead, we use the term “the ‘n’ word.” But that makes for poor and inaccurate reporting. Joe Schmo did not call Obama “the ‘n’ word,” he called him a n-gger.
Words like slave/ry, bossy – apparently the n word to women with low self esteem, and others are fast shrinking our vocabulary and increasing the use of euphemisms – saying seven words when one or two will suffice.
Soon woman and women will be banned as they contain man and men and therefor must be an affront to all wo-people. Person is out as it contains “son.”
Just remember the stink made by Barbara Boxer when she was respectfully called “ma’am” instead of senator. Well, SENATOR, you’re a bitch!

Sanford D. Horn on March 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I’ve always said that the most dangerous creature on earth is the liberal, white, middle-aged male. Followed closely behind is the liberal female. The liberal mind never progresses beyond kindergarten. They never grow up.

Tommy Thomas on March 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    You are absolutely correct.

    This diversity garbage makes me sick because it is PHONEY.

    It is just ME AGAIN on March 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I have a Black friend who is very Afro-centric. She is a convert to Judaism and lives in Israel and has an interest in African tribes who practice Jewish customs. She is NOT a Black Hebrew. We have long and interesting conversations about Black history INCLUDING the Slave Trade. What abysmal ignorance these women displayed. I can just hear the sarcastic jokes and laughter as the Black sales person told the tale back home. Debating if I should insert some “folks talk” here at the risk of offending someone. That’s our term for not quite Ebonics but the particular, down home dialect common to American Black “folks.”

Meira on March 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Thanks for illuminating the narrow-mindedness of people and their inability to place definition within context. They must be enslaved by their own stereotypes and the prejudices of others to have assumed any malice on your part. Awkward ?maybe, offensive ? of course not.

HK on March 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

But these relatively unpoliticized Blacks are very quick to seize on political correctness when they opportunistically think it will help them.

Trayvon Martin’s parents, and the ‘community leaders’ (oops, I almost said ‘Communist’ leaders) latch on quickly to the verbiage when it suits them.

The same for Black parents (at least mothers) who discover they can get more money by calling their local schools ‘racist’. Same for Blacks facing layoff or lack of promotions.

I understand that many Blacks, especially with less miseducation, will not seize on these concepts in the abstract as quickly as all too many Whites, but they’re astute or self-serving enough to see opportunities in front of them.

Little Al on March 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    yeah, like the latest perk..having city of Detroit pay YOU $75000 for a dredlock cut…

    HK on March 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

That’s interesting I didn’t realize the origin of those types of bracelets.
There are so many true things you feel awkward saying around people who fall into the “liberal” category and that by itself is one very good reason not to be one.

Not that it’s hard because people who think they already know everything important about the world mostly don’t make it all that difficult.

Frankz on March 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Debbie, Look up the history of Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville. Fl. VERY interesting history and that Kingsley man was a real character.
Recently, we were there to attend a celebration of the arrival of the Kingsleys at the Plantation in the early 19th C. And there were period crafts demonstrations with folks in period attire.

One demonstrator was talking about what the slaves wore and how they were treated by the plantation owners. The crowd in front of her display was a large MIXED group of whites, Hispanics and MORE blacks than the others. They all asked questions and nobody had any bad attitude as far as I could see and hear.

It is just ME AGAIN on March 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

White liberals in their striving to be PC and not be called racists by Blacks always seem to put their feet in their mouths. Debbie in their leftist “progressive” world view they think that we Blacks are just inferior creatures to be coddled and herded on the plantation never to stray. Well never having been a slave I wouldn’t have been upset if someone said the word. In the liberal PC world we have idiots like the “Revs” Jesse(Baby mama)Jackson and Al(Mr. MSNBC)Sharpton are trying to ban the “N” word. Also we have retards like Condi(remember its the HOLY Koran) Rice and Sheryl(one piece of TP to wipe your booty)Crow are trying to ban the word bossy. These are just more of the loonier examples of liberals gone wild. The outrage from liberal Blacks is just as worse. Our esteemed Vacationer-in-Chief can do no wrong in the eyes of these stupid people and if you say anything otherwise guess what your called. This man could kill a live baby on TV and liberal Blacks will blame “whitey” or Bush(isn’t that a twofer?). Yes slavery happened and it was a bad part of American history but liberals of all stripes need to move forward. Otherwise people who don’t give a rip about being PC like Debbie, myself and others will always have fun at the expense of thinned skin, stupid knuckleheads. Say that’s not such a bad thing.

Ken B on March 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    That was great Ken, thanks.

    Sherrie on March 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      You’re very welcome Sherrie. As I’ve said before liberals whether they are Black, White or pink with green polka dots just make it too darn easy.

      Ken B on March 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I also think that there are some people who know better, but assume attitudes of political correctness in public out of fear. They understand, on some level, the semi-totalitarian environment we live in today, and do not want to get into trouble.

Little Al on March 20, 2014 at 3:41 am

I don’t understand the “bossy” reference. Someone please explain what the”hidden meaning” of this word is?

Meira on March 20, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Meira, I don’t know why “bossy” is so offensive, either. I know a few people, women mostly, to be honest, that think they are always right and you gotta think about things like them or you’re just wrong or stupid; you have to do things their way, their way is always the best way; it’s their way or the highway. Among other adjectives I could use, those people are BOSSY.

    Red Randy on March 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      If I am not mistaken..I believe that the overseer on the plantation was called “boss” by the slaves..

      Bev on December 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

White liberals don’t give a damn about blacks, Muslims, gays or women. All they care about is perping and maintaining their status as 21st Century Pharisees. Their sanctimony, arrogance and narcissism are all fed by their faux outrage about race, homosexuality, feminism, Muslims, etc.

Pray Hard on March 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

I guess if you, Debbie, had called it a ” harem bracelet” you, then, would not have been able to write a column.

BobKat on March 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

Good one!

Did she buy the bracelet?
Inquiring minds need to know. 🙂

ebayer on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Funny story.

DS_ROCKS! on March 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I’ve seen some really cool-looking slave bracelets. I din’t know they were called slave bracelets, but they still look cool to me. Interesting art work. But it seems to me that they would get in the way, though; nice to look at, but frustrating to actually wear around. I could be wrong, though.

Red Randy on March 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

As far as the ‘dot’ Indians go, it’s purely a Muslim accessory: on Indian TV shows, one only sees it in historical shows featuring Muslim rulers, not in other daily serials, or even historical shows featuring Hindu rulers.

Debbie, did you elaborate and explain to that customer their origins?

Infidel on March 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

chuck tones writes, “My car had a slave cylinder go bad so I had to scrap it because the parts guy was black.”

Over a couple of years I had to replace both the clutch slave cylinder and brake master cylinder on my classic ’89 Honda Prelude. So I’m linked to two racial offenses. (And let’s not get started on male and female plugs and connectors I work with.)

Raymond in DC on March 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

So does this mean that Brazil nuts are now “N” word toes?

IceNoMore on March 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I used the word slave in a group meeting and I was terminated from a 26 year managemen career. Because a female African-American complained. I am not a racist. But do they own that word. Isn’t there currently sex slaves? Used to be Hebrew slaves and Aztec slaves.

Scott S. on January 12, 2015 at 4:06 am

I heard that the term slave braceler bracelet came about because of the chain joining the ring to the bracelet so the ring is the slave toso the ring is the slave to the bracelet. Dont know if this is true though

Kerry on February 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I’m black, and those people are morons. Instead of standing there frowning about the word “slave” which has applied to many peoples in the past, how about rallying against the low wages the lady is probably getting paid? Now that’s slavery !

Hypothetical Kitten on October 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Oh but God forbid you call a homosexual a “faggot” welcome to WW20. Don’t speak on things you don’t understand nor experience. While you “went to PBHS” you know nothing of being a black woman/person in this society. Regardless of where this jewelry came from, it didn’t come from any of you ancestors so what are you really saying? No we don’t pretend slavery hasn’t occurred but I hope you haven’t either because just as it has left an impact on Afrkan ppl, it has on Caucasians as well.

Linda on July 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

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