Jean-Michel Basquiat's work, "Molasses," features a derelict-looking robot resigned at the foot of an uniformed human figure driving a vehicle with bars, a jail on wheels.

"Molasses" is a likely reference to the slave trade, which produced sugar (and molasses as a marketable byproduct).

Slaves, considered property rather than human beings, are made analogous to the robot, suffering at the hands of an authoritative "higher" being.

In this way, Basquiat reinvents events of the past through a lens from the future, exemplifying a core tenet of afrofuturism.
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