During my boyhood days–starting inside the Great Depression–despite having few things, Black People were in control and in charge of their “Make-Do” lives. This was particularly true of my ex-Slave newspaper customers who, in spite of not having been allowed to read, write, or count during slavery, developed beautifully their Pre-Birth Emotions/Intellect so as to have a “Common Touch” with people and with Life. What I sensed then, I can now put into words as a result of 50+ years of intense study of the Black Mind from the present to 200,000 years back. A brainwashing keystone for controlling and being in charge of Enslaved Africans’ minds and lives was the replacement of their Natural World God with a Supernatural God, Hell, and Devil. Yet, most kept their Spiritual God in the Static Background of their Religion while using the Supernatural God in their daily life Foreground. In looking up “Supernatural God” to find differences from the Natural Cosmic Force (God), one dictionary says it is an age-old Fantasy “religion.” It transcends the Natural in search of superior moral justifications for members’ evil beliefs/acts. In short, it is like the “bogeyman’s” powers being beyond the Laws of Nature. Black People’s traditional themes embrace always starting with life’s Essence—i.e. the Spiritual Elements “Trademark” stamped on their Souls. Its Unconditional Love, Truth, Reality, and the Natural are the Static Philosophy of Life (POL) Background, equaling an Archery Pad’s bull’s eye, not the circles around it. Humans’ distinctions have nothing to do with “Race” or “Genetics”—as dumb people say—but rather a POL whose issues concern the Natural or Supernatural worlds.
Historically, characterizing Black People includes them: (1) being Metaphysical Thinkers (and not Physical World oriented like Europeans); (2) as “ME/WE” mutual promoters/cheerers; (3) exhibiting profound Thinking in Creative, Inventive, Innovative, and Discovery abilities; (4) enjoying life; (5) a “Community Family” having good relationships with and good behaviors towards each other; (6) following Patterns and Processes of Nature (e.g. modeling how trees in a forest take care of each other); (7) lacking Indifference, Hate, Evilness, or Sadism; and (8) constantly stressing Self-Improvement. As a boy, I saw all homeless, hungry, and sick Black People cared for; no crime; and our all-Black teachers loved us so much that we wanted to succeed for them. Parents spanked their children, mainly to guide them into showing Respect/Good Manners (i.e. giving great care to other people’s feelings) and saying/doing things to help each child “succeed for your race”. All of this began changing (1950s) with Dr. Spock, “the nation’s pediatrician,” advising parents to allow children to be "emotionally free" and make decisions on such things like feeding times, even those on the bottle. Thereafter, White children acted even more “ugly”–like spoiled brats. No one seemed to know what to do with them. Simultaneously, there was increasing intervention of governmental agencies to ensure children were not abused. Those laws of misguided restrictions imposed (late 1950s) on Black parents forced them into backing-off stern disciplining of their children, thus losing control of some. Many Black and White youth demonstrated a freeing from restraints in the 1960s—Blacks, in “Black Power” bonds; Whites, rebelling against parents’ Materialism values. A few Black youth became increasingly undisciplined—children having children—broken homes–adults increasingly angry as they overcame fears of White people. In the 1970s, from watching television and movies of White gangsters, “Street Blacks” became copycats of such things as resorting to weapons and drive-by “Al Capone” shootings.
Such was partly from a lack of spankings (or similar discipline); partly by it having always been hard for Black People to get jobs and hence poverty; partly from dismantling the “Black Togetherness” of my boyhood to an unfortunate ever-increasing adoption of Whites’ values/ways of Individualism, “glitz & glamour,” and selfish “me, me, me”; partly getting away from ex-Slaves’ intense education efforts; partly from declining interests in the church and its Supernatural God. Always powerless, Black males tried to get a bit from copying Whites’ control by the GUN; imitate Whites’ bad manners/“Don’t Care; gain importance by controlling people; and grab worth by "doing it my way." The place on which one is positioned on the Natural (Spiritual)/Supernatural Scale will largely determine her/his self-mastery or mental enslavement from a disorganized life. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com