Recently, one White man said: “To justify slavery, we Whites portrayed Blacks as subhuman, primitive, stupid, and servile. To justify Segregation, we Whites portrayed Blacks as morally corrupt, ignorant, predatory, and drug addicts, gang bangers, and welfare queens. There has never been a point in our history where we valued Blacks as we do our own.” In support of this, a tiny few points include: chained Africans brought to the Americas were Enslaved at least from c1619 to 1865+–and in altered forms up to the present; encountered a range of terrorism deeds, like so many lynching and killings of Black People as to clog waterways; the Black Codes from c1865—c1866; KKK from c1865 to the present; Jim Crow, 1877 to 1954; Redlining (overt, tempered, masked, or concealed ways to deny services to Colored Peoples) c1934 to c1968+; and 400 years of Institutional Racism (implicit Social Oppression interwoven into all of society). Howard Thurman (Deep River, pp. 35-36, quoted by Bailey Sr. in "From African to Black Power") said: "When the Slaves were taken from their homeland, the primary social unit was destroyed, and all immediate tribal and family ties were ruthlessly broken. This meant the severing of the link that gave the individual African a sense of persona. There is no more hapless victim than one who is cut off from family, from language, from one’s roots. He is completely at the mercy of his environment, to be cowed, shaped, and molded by it at will . . .".
History hides the unspeakable cruelties to the Enslaved in body, mind, emotions, and spirit + horrendous beatings, chopping off body parts + inadequacy of the food, clothing, and no education. Hence, this caused many Enslaved to be under the influence of the Evil Savior Syndrome. This means many Enslaved had their minds turned “Inside-Out,” causing the afflicted to bond with the captors, as does child to parent. Such was culturally transmitted to their descendants, some of whom continue to deal with the consequences, as if it is a “double-edged sword” used to prevent taking charge and control of their lives. One self-defeating “cut” is being defenders of their oppressors by doing destructive things to fellow Black People. The other “cut” is that because the Enslaved hated but feared their feeders, the captors, this has been similarly displaced. Thus, the struggling resist and may attack any “Helping Hand” Jegna leader capable of supplying what it takes for self-improvement. An algebraic equation causing Black People to lose even more control over their lives was/is what Whites are not to do to benefit Black People in their overwhelming racism struggles + what to subtly, and not so subtly, do to keep struggling Black People from rising out of their various poverties. These are vital to maintaining, reinforcing, and perpetuating individual and group racism by creating it in younger generations and reinforcing it in the older. Together, these (among others) spurred the 1960s Civil Rights’ Movement. In the 1960s, the Black Panthers did all they could to slow, stop, and reverse this self-defeating process by: (1) diligently supplying basic survival needs (e.g. food, protection from “Killer” police); (2) educating the struggling in the “depths from which they came.” (3) teaching the super-brilliance of Ancient African Ancestors creating practically all of the world’s major contributions for the ages and today; (4) factually presenting how the oppressors are a total scam and sham—with nothing to imitate–with nothing worth seeking from them since they have nothing to offer; (5) all terrible things oppressors say about Black People is, in reality, who they are—and far, far worse; and (6) there is absolutely no reason to look up to—or apologize to—or compare themselves to—or to model the oppressor for any reason.
They pointed out that, for the oppressors, since “Winning is the only thing”—and that is done by the GUN–and “to lose” equates to death for them, Common Sense says educating Black children ought to be done by Jegna Black leaders. But all of this so scared White people, that, in Black communities, the oppressors deliberately stirred hostilities among struggling inner city Black youth while distributing, for Free, train loads of “Street Drugs” and Guns to both sides. The point was to get the terribly frustrated Black youth to destroy each other, their families, and themselves. Whites immediately instituted a “War on Drugs” (1971 to present) which led to mass incarcerations—a return to slavery and the post-slavery “Convict Lease” Systems (peaking again in 1973). Despite all, struggling Black People have had countless great achievements. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS