Be Owners Not Donors, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

 

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Religious institutions in the United States are generally economically corrupt and have been controlled by the commercial banking debt system for over 100 years.

Have you seen Creflow Dollar dancing on top of cash money on stage in his church? Daddy Grace would have his followers pin dollar bills on a money tree. Father Divine would provide a buffet dinner for his followers’ dollars. Reverend Ike would give to his followers what he called a blessing clothe in return for money. The Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society founder Charles Taze Russell played on his members’ fears of an apocalyptic end of the world. It was to occur in 1874. It did not occur. Time and again that church would crunch numbers and predict the end of the world. But all that happened is what always happens and that is people were filled with fear and they paid church leaders to not be afraid. In the meantime,  the leaders became wealthy simply making their followers afraid of one scam after the other. None of those kinds of exchanges were economically and morally fair to their members.

Each of them, and those like them, used many gimmicks for one purpose: to get money from people who believed that they could buy happiness from God.

Have you seen the outrageous circus-like atmosphere inside megachurches as their ministers, choirs, and organists emotionally whip their church members up into a frenzy as though they were in a voodoo ritual?

Do you think that my voodoo analogy is farfetched? Maybe you should read the book: Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing-How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men can Change Your Belief.[1] Note the word ‘physiology’. That is the key word in unlocking the method of ‘unconscious’ control exercised over people by master manipulators.

There is logic driving the kind of emotionalism whipped up in mega churches. The group emotional state has the purpose to make individuals act out unconsciously and in predetermined ways.

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In Mega churches and revival meetings or whenever you have a mass of people gathered, the organizers of such mass meetings know that herd emotional sentiment is greater than any one individual’s capacity to resist it thus making a person less able to make rational choices. They simply follow the herd unconsciously because feelings of insecurities are aroused in them unconsciously.  For example, in a group of 1000 people, if 500 of them reach into their pockets to take out and give money then their act will influence another 250 or more persons to do the same unconsciously especially if they have been whipped up emotionally. People will feel increasingly insecure when not conforming to a crowd especially under timed pressure. The only way for an individual to make the insecure feelings go away is for him or her to follow the herd or leave it.

One tactic used by some churches is to post a tithing list showing those who gave the least at the bottom. The theory is that the insecure feelings aroused in a person when others see their name at the bottom of the list will influence them to give more money and to compete with others who gave more than they did.

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Another example is an experiment I conducted in a college class I teach. I arranged all of the desks so that they would be facing the rear wall of the classroom. I had about15 students come early to class and told them what I was doing. They sat facing the wall.  I waited outside the classroom. As students came into class they each took a seat facing the wall. A point, they followed the herd unconsciously without thinking whether or not I’d be lecturing in my usual place in front of the class behind the lectern.

Do you understand that most churches, both white and black, are in the business of selling the same kind of indulgences which were sold by the Catholic Church to peasants in medieval Europe? Let me explain to you what an ‘indulgence’ is. “In the sixteenth-century indulgences had already taken on the characteristic of a pure money making act … a way of creating revenue.”[2]  An ‘indulgence’ was a ‘promise’ which a church gave to a believer. It said that if a believer gave to the church money then that money would buy him or her into heaven, it would prevent him her from going to hell or that they would get a blessing from God in life.

But the question now is how did this get incorporated into religious practices in the United States where religious freedom is protected under the U.S. Constitution?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The original intent of the ‘free exercise thereof…” clause in the federal constitution is to protect citizens from what had been happening to people in Europe. In Europe, the religious persecution of people by governments and dominant religious groups in the form of discriminatory laws, physical torture, and murder was the norm.

That is why the framers of the constitution included the “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” clause in the Constitution. They did not want religious persecution by either government or dominant religious groups in the United States.

However, the relation between states and federal governments with religious institutions began to change in the 20th century.

The Internal Revenue Service was instituted and codified in 1913 as the 16th amendment to the United States Constitution right after the Federal Reserve Bank Act was signed into law in the same year.

It was written by the same senators and congressmen who wrote the Federal Reserve Bank Bill and who presented it to Woodrow Wilson in 1913 for his signature.

The bankers involved were J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island, the Rothschild family and many others. The Internal Revenue Service was added to the U.S. Constitution as the 16th amendment so that American citizens could be taxed to pay for government expenditures and debt owed to the Federal Reserve Bank.

Religious organizations’ tax status was intentionally written in vague terms within the Internal Revenue Service tax code for a reason.[3]

By writing the tax code for tax-exempt status for religious organizations vaguely, commercial Banks were able to incorporate religious institutions into their banking debt system just as they had incorporated Federal government spending into their debt system.

The banks welcomed the non-profit status to religious organizations. But what was their reason for jubilation? The reason is that they wanted to commercialize religious organizations in the United States because that would create for them yet another constant revenue stream and increased profit margins by means of the fractional reserve deposit rule.

Churches having a non-profit status and which claimed that they helped the poor made them eligible to not be financially transparent as was the Federal Government and State governments; they did not have to be transparent to their members nor to state and federal governments on how much money they collected nor how they spent that money. It meant that they could buy property without having to pay property tax.

This is about the time when we see the big urban religious frauds emerge and their century-long acts of legalized fraud against ignorant black poor people.

No longer is there reinforcement of the original intent of the constitution. It was and is generally not understood by religious people and religious leaders.

And even if some did understand it; making money came to take a priority over spiritual principles.  They became increasingly interested in membership growth because it was the size of church or organization membership as ‘livestock’ which served as their collateral in their efforts to get bank loans.

What that did to religion in the United States was to prevent it from moving to spiritual interests and instead moved it to a predominant interest in commercial activity primarily in the form of making money.

Churches began early in the 20th century to compete with the same and other denominations primarily in growing urban areas. They built bigger and bigger churches as if in an arms race to attract new members who were looking for a higher social status in a larger church.  Churches competed with one another for members as would for-profit businesses compete for customers. Churches had become de facto commercial enterprises.

White and Black Churches have funneled trillions of dollars into commercial banks over many decades. For example, black people donate about 17 billion dollars per year to their churches and white people donate approximately 100 billion dollars per year to their churches.  But that money does not work for the church members. That money was and is then loaned out to the private business sector to expand their profits at the expense of religious congregations. At the end of the day, black church members see no private sector investments into their communities’ infrastructure.

If you are wondering why it was and is so easy for banks to manipulate religious leadership into a commercial relationship with them and with their followers, the answer is a simple one. It was and is because preachers and bank owners understand basic human biology and the psychology of fear as well as the propensity of most humans to be ignorant.

But bankers are smarter than preachers; they are smarter because the bankers have had a great advantage. They have had centuries of experience dealing with the greed of royal families and aristocrats in Europe.

What can we conclude given these facts? We can conclude that most preachers are middlemen and women for not only state and federal governments but also for financial institutions.

We can conclude that most black churches deposit their donations in commercial banks.

We can conclude that those banks make profits on the church deposits far greater than the amount of interest paid on church deposits.

We can conclude that religious members do not receive any monetary returns from their churches even though their churches operate as de facto commercial enterprises.

We can conclude that most church leadership live off of the donations of their church members.

We can conclude that many churches invest money in corporations which violate human rights nationally and internationally.

We can conclude that most black churches are corrupted by the commercial orientation of their denominations and boards of directors.

We can conclude that most black churches merely parrot verses from the Old Testament and New Testament which support their economic interests and which support their authority over their church members.

We can conclude that most black churches are spiritually bankrupt.

We can conclude that the above conditions are the reasons why black church leadership is torn between a socialistic worldview, free-masonry membership, and capitalistic assumptions as their basis for social explanations on how to approach social problems in the black community.

We can conclude that this kind of economic exploitation will continue well into the 21st century because of the deep-seated spiritual ignorance passed on from generation to generation in black communities.

That will continue because black people enjoy the entertainment of circus theatrics and reject spiritual substance and they believe that they can pay their way into heaven or out of hell.  Are there any solutions to this global problem?  I think there are some practical solutions. We must become owners and not remain donors.

One solution is that black Americans should categorically and unequivocally reject giving donations to non-profit organizations and instead demand that they receive dividends from their cash investments from their religious organizations. That would, in turn, require them to demand financial transparency from those religious organizations.

That will require church leaders to present to their congregations well thought out business prospectuses to justify asking them for money.

Black people should demand that their religious leaders include them in profit-making ventures as shareholders or owners and not just faceless donors. The reason is simple. It is unfair for banks to make money on religious donations and for members of religious organizations to get no money in return.

The problem associated with solutions is that people must first have the will to apply those solutions if there is to be any hope of change.

[1] Battle For The Mind, by William Sargant, pub. Malor Books, 1997

[2] The Importance of Indulgences during Medieval Christianity, by Ashley Crawford

[3] The History of the 501(c)(4), by Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013

BOTTOM FEEDERS

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There have been 5 generations of African Americans since the end of the civil war. A single generation is a span of 30 years from birth. 

A generation of people begins as a discharge of energy which is triggered by the coming together of opposites which when done opens a portal which releases energy and allows the conduction of energy in a clearly defined cultural pattern.

That in turn translates into motion and power which moves a generation of people freely in all directions.  That free movement in all directions is what it means to grow.

A successful generation of people is one which moves in a circle and for that reason comes back upon itself to regenerate itself or to give birth to a new generation people.

To do that a generation must have in itself enough power to overcome resistance otherwise it will cease to flow and thus that generation will fail to regenerate.  Evidence of a failure to regenerate is low power or no power.

So our problem today is the problem of ethnic generation and regeneration versus ethnic corruption and death.

When we adjust for technological and scientific advancements in the United States and the world African Americans are generally just as educationally and economically backward today as they were 5 generations ago.

Highly motivated business and professionally trained African Americans remain just as isolated from the masses of African Americans as they were 5 generations ago.

African American intellectuals are isolated because their conceitedness, narcissistic, and in some cases duplicitous behavior prevent them from pooling their mental energies so that they can accomplish a greater good for all.

And this is so because about 80% of African Americans remain an emotionally reactionary people. They are only motivated to a higher level of consciousness when they experience, witness, or hear violence or of a police killing. 

They, too, have fallen down into the rabbit hole of endless frivolous and self-destructive self-indulgences driven by every superficial fad spun off by the commercial and media industries. They have the most intricate tattoos on their bodies but will not learn a mechanical or medical skill.  They are the walking dead.

Most African Americans do not see the hand writing on the wall warning all people of historically unprecedented economic changes now occurring in the world.

Generally, the nations of the world are in debt to a few global banks one of the debtor nations is the United States of America.  Their citizens’ roles have shifted from national support to debt repayment to the global banking elite.

Generally, the aggregate wealth of African Americans is what it was 100 hundred years ago.  It is less than 1% of the aggregate national wealth in the United States and since the 1960s African Americans have constantly suffered twice the unemployment rate as Caucasians.

 And in every category of social advancement African Americans are disproportionately lowest in number. While in every category of social, economic, and medical dysfunction African Americans are disproportionately highest in number.

The November election results show that Republicans won enough seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to control both houses of congress.

The Democrats have lost power in congress and the Supreme Court is more conservative than ever before.  So what should we expect?

 Ironically we should expect things to remain exactly as they have been for the last 65 years because both Democrats and Republicans apply the same political policies. Like a football team run the plays from an approved play book every President has an approved play book.

That is why whether or not you have democrats or republicans controlling congress there will never be significant changes to domestic or international policies.

Democrats and Republicans cater to the interests of Finance Institutions, Wall Street, and the Major Global Corporations. They cater to them because money controls government at every level in the United States.

What is their procedure, the algorithm of U.S. political policy?

It stares at us in the congressional auditorium. It is the twin Faseces or Fascist symbols on the wall of Congress; it is the ‘Bundle of Sticks with an axe blade protruding’, the sticks symbolize the power to punishment by whipping and the axe symbolizes the power to behead.

It was the ancient imperial Roman symbol for power. It was the power of the secret society over life and death of its people.

It stared at us in the face of Andrew Johnson who empowered the southern Democrats when he repealed reparations for freed slaves and Ulysses S. Grant who ended reconstruction under the Freedman’s Bureau. 

It stared at us in the face of Woodrow Wilson, a democrat, when he sanctioned Jim Crow and the segregation of Federal Agencies by race.

It stared at us in the face when Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act of 1933. He signed it into law knowing that it contained a clause which excluded African American agricultural and domestic workers from receiving social security benefits but compelled them to pay into the system which would support Caucasian people upon their retirement. Roosevelt also knew that there was widespread housing discrimination under the Federal Housing Authority and Servicemen’s Readjustment Act.

It stared at us in the face when Richard Nixon applied the policy of ‘Benign Neglect’. That policy was proposed to him by a democrat named Patrick Moynihan. Its purpose was to stunt the social and economic movement of African Americans in the 1970s.

It stared at us in the face when Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2 pushed a war on drugs policy which harvested African American men and women for the prison industrial complex slave system. It is a system in which the incarcerated ‘body’ would generate wealth for private businesses.

So now here we are at the end of the year 2014.  Since the end of World War 2, we have watched the United States rise from a 17th ranked world power to the number one world power.  We have witnessed the United States peak in its economic power during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.  And now the party is over and African Americans never got into the party.

I have a question. Why is it that we do not see the obvious fact that our democracy is governed by the idea of corporatism? Corporatism is the idea that government should be privatized according to the business paradigm. 

Now, if it is true that corporate and Wall Street interests have dominate control over the outcome of elections at the local, state, and federal levels; and if  it is true that corporations fund political candidates who run for office; and if it is true that some of those candidates win election in local and state elections as well as in both the senate and house of representatives, then the only reasonable conclusion that a person can reach is that corporations are dominate over the U.S. government. In fact, corporations and financial institutions are the shadow government.

You have to conclude the above conclusion because politicians in office sign the bills written by A.L.E.C. (The American Legislative Exchange Council) which when signed by the president become law.  So, most of our laws are formed by corporate and wall street interests to serve their purposes.

All of those facts point to the globalization of powerful corporations and international banking companies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of International Settlements. But what does it mean for us?

Globalization means that the people of the United States are occupying a new rung in the global hierarchy. You can call it a global class structure but for many it will be a global caste system. They will be born, live, and die on the same street or in the same village they were born into.

The global hierarchy is not structured so that nations are listed from top to bottom. Rather, the new world order is structured so that banks and corporations are on top of the global hierarchy followed by nation states and their populations of consumers and laborers. And even more, the global economic infrastructure will be subservient to the profit making goods and services of financial institutions and corporations not the needs of the local people.

That means that the place of African Americans in the global hierarchy is no longer defined by the constitution because new global trade treaties like NAFTA and soon the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partners have and will open up borders so that people everywhere are shuffled into a mass global population most of whom are poor and dependent upon corporate policies.  

African Americans should know that we are seeing the end of Sovereign Nation States; in the new world order we will occupy the same bottom caste in a global plantation hierarchy as Africans do, the untouchables in India do, Mexicans do, Central Americans do, South Americans do, Indonesians do, Philippinos do, Palestinians do, Asians do, and every other economically destitute population in the world.

Their place in the global hierarchy is to play the role of bottom feeders. For example, in the country of Liberia its economy is controlled by Indians and Lebanese not indigenous Africans and in the United States Indians and Arabs control the ghetto inner-city stores not African Americans.

The indigenous Africans’ role is to borrow money from the banks; it is to receive a beggar’s handout from fascist governments; it is to consume goods and services endlessly and then to get sick and pay for treatment or die, and it is to labor day and night so that they grow wealth, power, and prestige for the global finance and corporate elite on this emerging global slave plantation.

 

 

Welcome To EarthColoney.Net: Hood Rats, Part 2, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

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Lakisha lives with her son on the same street and in the same apartment year after year. She watched her neighbors come and go. As a consequence she had not made many permanent friendships.  Nor had she significant associations beyond those of her immediate family members. What she had in common with her neighbors where the characteristics which define poor people.

Sometimes Lakisha would go out to a local night club. There she would mingle and dance with men most of whom she did not know personally. She longed for a meaningful relationship with a man but over the years she had come to believe that she would not have a man in her life in a family relationship.

She started to drink wine coolers and smoke marijuana at home; she would even drink and smoke in front of her son who was now three years old. She stayed up late at night watching television and could not sleep without it being on. And lately, she has been suffering from insomnia.

Her lack of sleep drove her to get help at a neighborhood medical clinic. Lakisha had signed up for and had been accepted on the Federal ‘Affordable Health Care Plan’ program. For that reason the physician agreed to see her and so took her insurance coverage.

The physician examined Lakisha. She diagnosed her as suffering from insomnia. As a treatment for her insomnia the doctor prescribed sleeping pills for Lakisha.  

Lakisha purchased the sleeping pills and took them faithfully thinking that they would help her to sleep. But instead she became even more depressed and still could not sleep. With no one to talk to, Lakisha sought help from another source.

Another person in her neighborhood referred her to a local church. Lakisha had not done deep thought on the idea of God but in her own way she had always believed in the existence of God and so the idea was not foreign to her. So one Sunday she along with her son and went to a Sunday service.

It was a storefront church. It wasn’t a fancy church; actually, it was simply one big room. She sat down in the front row as the preacher began to speak.  The preacher had a deep voice and a band and small choir behind him. He could really do the hoop preaching she liked to hear. His preaching, along with the band and the choir made Lakisha feel good; it made her feel euphoric.

 Lakisha felt in her heart that she had made a good decision. She felt that this was the place where she wanted to be, so when there was a call to the alter she joined the church and became its newest member. Everyone hugged her and smiled at her. That felt good to her. Lakisha didn’t feel alone anymore.

After returning home, people from the church called her on her phone. She felt good about that and in fact after a few weeks she did begin to sleep.

Lakisha had never studied Christianity because she did not grow up in association with a church or denomination. Her mother was not and is not religious. Neither had Lakisha ever studied black history. In fact, she had never thought about her ancestral roots in the United States. She did not know that most of the people brought over from what is called Africa had not been Christian.  She did not know that at least 30% of those Africans had been Muslim and the remaining 70% had practiced some indigenous religious forms of worship. But that all changed over time.

Over the course of decades and centuries, the memories that the slaves had of their homeland, languages, and old beliefs and practices from the first generation of slaves were forgotten by new generations of descendants of slaves. A spiritual vacuum came to exist among the slaves in a condition of abject dehumanization.

Like all human beings they searched for meaningful explanations for their lives within the context of slavery. According to W.E.B. Dubois, the slaves initially were denied exposure to Christianity. They used music and folklore leftover from their African roots to fill their spiritual void.  But eventually slave masters preached to them their dogma of Christianity.

Eventually, the slave master created the first slave hierarchy. That hierarchy would define statuses, roles, and power differences among the slaves leading up to the house Blacks who were chosen by the slave master to represent his commands to the slaves and their descendants in perpetuity. The preacher was one of the chosen ones. It was a version of the European feudal system dividing whole populations from top to bottom based upon class, and race caste.

The preacher was chosen to serve the master and the master’s descendants.  As time passed the class of preachers would become one of the intellectual branches of Black servants in a broad ranging propaganda media super-structure which would reach right down into individual homes in the Negro community. Religious ideology in the Black community and the church infrastructures were all created by the slave master and his descendants to propagandize white supremacy to the slaves and their descendants.

Some preachers were and are educated in White Christian seminaries or in ivey league colleges. A preacher might also simply claim a ‘calling’ to preach. But they each swear an oath called the ‘Nicene Creed’. The Nicene Creed was not taught by the founder of what is called Christianity. It was enacted by Constantine, Emperor of Rome, 273-337 A.D. Therefore, it is not an oath to God but rather to the Caesar of Rome or Powers of This World.

This is where you must pay attention.  I’m going to tell you what drives this whole Ponzi Scheme. The bait of course is that you will get something called an interest payment or get money back for letting a bank hold your money for you.

If some preachers felt that they were ’Called’ by God, they could simply file for and obtain non-profit corporate status under State Law and then get a 501(c)(4) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

The tax exempt status was enacted by Congress under the Revenue Act of 1913.  That law was enacted to be an incentive to preachers and or religious organizations to hustle nickels and dimes from the poor and huddled masses for deposit in the banks. But there is more to the Revenue Act of 1913.

It was enacted in 1913, the same year that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted by Congress instituting the Internal Revenue Service; it was the same year,1913, that Congress enacted the Federal Reserve Bank. It was orchestrated by the same bankers and politicians who pushed through congress the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Service Act.

If one reads the text of the Revenue Act there one will find no explanation giving the reason for the 501(c)(3)(4) tax exempt subsection. Thus, in order to understand why Congress legalized a tax exempt status for non-profit religious corporations we must follow the money trail.

Listen carefully, because if you are a student of black urban religious history then you will see clearly that this is the historical moment when the concentration of nickels and dimes in the black urban communities nationwide begin to increase and to simultaneously attract the low life prosperity preachers like Daddy Grace and Father Divine who we know today.

The historical pattern is self-evident; wealth attracts thieves. As wealth increases in a group or nation corruption increases. Black people were the poorest urban dwellers in the United States but they did have pennies, nickels and dimes which over time added up to huge sums when concentrated. That attracted the preachers.

The preachers figured out how to hustle you for themselves and the White banks under the Revenue Act and the freedom of religious practice clause of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Do a time line and see for yourself. The preachers earn on commission. 

The payoff system works in such a way that preachers are all paid either directly from a central church if they preach for a white Christian denomination which itself is based upon tithing or a preacher would pay himself from the tithes which he collects from a small independent church. What is absolutely necessary is that they continually sale the propaganda to individuals with promises of heaven or wealth. 

The independent churches equal millions of members. Each member believes they are giving to God. The reality is that they are giving as a result of fear, anxiety associated with status competition (peer pressure), or in the heat of passion or emotionally. 

Historically, tithing is the giving 10% of one’s farm produce and chattel to the priesthood. It is rooted in Jewish tradition in the Books of Malachi, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Tithing is not a Divine law; but generations of people have been lead to believe that it is. It was a primitive form of taxation which allowed for the growth of a oligarchy in Jewish culture. The Christians adapted the practice of tithing, but the system which Lakisha participates in today was established by the Roman Emperor Constantine. It is the Roman system which is the driver of much of the wickedness and corruption within Black churches today.

Now, Lakisha is one of approximately 25 million members in Black Churches throughout the United States. Sitting in the church pews with her son, Lakisha took two of the one dollar bills she had gotten from her Aid to Families with Dependent Children out of her purse and put them into the tithing dish. What Lakisha believes is that she is giving to God according to what is required by God.

All together Blacks in the United States tithed approximately 17.3 billion dollars in 2009.

What Lakisha didn’t know is that she is ‘rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.’  Lakisha doesn’t know that the money she and her fellow members give to the church will be taken to a White bank and deposited.  The preachers will not deposit church money into a bank owned by descendants of slaves. It is for that reason that descendants of slaves today are impoverished, unskilled workers, under educated, and incarcerated more than any other ethnic group in the United States.

If each of those church members deposited .05 cents per day thirty times per month or 30X.05=1.50 per day per month per person it would equal 37,500,000.00 per month each month of the year. Finally, 12 X 37,500,000.00 would equal $450,000,000.00 in a year. That would be enough money to educate and train every young descendant of slaves without any government support. 

What Lakisha doesn’t know is that 90% of her church deposits along with 15 billion dollars in 2009 or 90% of the total deposits made by churches like her church were used by  banks to profit by selling high interests loans to corporations, small businesses, and buying shares on Wall Street. They do that legally under the Fractional Reserve deposit rule.

None of those corporations, small businesses, and investments will go to descendants of slaves. Each of them will invest in capital to increase their profits for their families. None of them will hire Black people in Lakisha’s neighborhood. So, Lakisha will not have employment opportunities as a collateral effect of all the money given to the banks by her church and others.  

That is the service that the preachers knowingly or due to ignorance provide for their masters.  That is the service that they render unto Caesar. And to add insult to injury, when some of the churches grow old and the number of members dwindles to nothing the preachers will take second mortgages out on church property, take the cash, and then let the loan go into foreclosure. The bank which holds title to the property will then take the church property and sell it for a profit.

Lakisha doesn’t know any of this. She is simply feeling empty and in pain inside like so many millions of people like her on the American plantation.

In the end, he or she who takes the cheese is the hood rat. They escape unseen while their media paint stereotypical images of Lakisha as being trifling and lazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to EarthColony.Net: SETTING TRAPS FOR HOOD RATS, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

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Lakisha lives in a major U.S. city.  She is a descendant of slaves though she does not think of herself as such. She was born into a single parent household. Her mother is on AFDC, W.I.C., and living in section 8 housing with Lakisha’s three sisters.

Lakisha never knew her father. Her mother was a teenager when she gave birth to Lakisha.  Consequently, Lakisha’s mother had to drop out of high school at the age of 15. Her mother never returned to school.

Over the course of the years, Lakisha’s mother had many male sexual partners. Because Lakisha was the oldest of her siblings she saw her mother’s partners come into her mother’s life and leave.

At the age of 16, Lakisha met a boy. They became sexually involved. Eventually Lakisha got pregnant. She went to school pregnant for a while and it was found out that she was pregnant by teachers and counselors.

There was an abortion clinic in the neighborhood. The clinic also had an office at Lakisha’s school. Some of the people there tried to persuade her to abort her fetus. But Lakisha said no to them because she wanted to keep her fetus and have her baby.

As she grew into her third trimester, her mother took her down to the various Federal, State, and County agencies so that she could apply for and receive AFDC, W.I.C., Food Stamps, and Section 8 housing. 

The young boy had disappeared out of her life and so Lakisha was on her own and dependent upon government to support both her and her new child. For the first time in her life she felt alone.

Lakisha will never return to school. She moved into an apartment a few blocks from her mother’s apartment in the same complex of apartments set aside for Section 8 housing dependents.

In order to appreciate the scope of Lakisha’s plight one must multiply it millions of times. Only then are we likely to come face to face with a fundamental issue: Whether or not Lakisha is a hood rat?

There are 46,700,000 people living in the United States who are on Food Stamps. That equals 15% of the total U.S. population.  Of that number Lakisha is one of 17,940,000 descendants of slaves on Food Stamps.  Of all persons on Food Stamps, 40% are descendants of slaves though descendants of slaves constitute only 13% of the total U.S. population. They receive on average about $133.00 per month.

Lakisha is one out of 317 million people counted by the U.S. Census Department in the United States. Of that number, she is one out of 12,997,000 persons who are dependent on welfare payments. That translates into 4.1% of the U.S. population who are dependent on welfare to support them.

The percentage of descendants of slaves on welfare support is 39% of the total 12,997,000 people on welfare.  Lakisha is one out of 5,068,830 descendants of slaves who are on welfare on any given day. Therefore, 12% of all descendants of slaves in the United States are on welfare support.

The United States Government spends approximately 131.9 billion dollars per year for welfare support. The expenditure on descendants of slaves is 39% of that total or $51, 090,000,000.00 (billion) dollars to support descendants of slaves per year. The average check amount is about $10,000.00 per year or $844.74 per month.

Lakisha does the best that she can. She wears cheap clothes; she has a small vocabulary; she has rough manners honed by very aggressive interactions with others in her neighborhood.

She has no bank account and so in order to cash her check she goes to a Fast Check Cashing establishment within walking distance of her apartment.  They know her very well because she is there every month at the same time.

Lakisha has no car so she walks to the neighborhood stores to shop for food. The stores do not carry fresh vegetables and fruit so she buys canned or processed genetically modified foods like corn, sugar, milk, cheese, along with processed meats, and candy. Not only does Lakisha pay the retail price, she pays higher prices for her goods than she would pay outside of the hood; and along with that she pays a sales tax, too.

On the way home she stops at the local fast food outlet and buys some of their high salt and fat foods along with a sugary soda. She sits there with her baby to rest awhile before going home.

Her rent is paid in part by the government and she makes up the difference; she has never been late paying her rent to the landlord.

Two weeks go by and Lakisha is nearly broke; she waits anxiously for time to pass as she watches cable television shows throughout the day and night to pass time.

Meanwhile, the landlord, the check cashing establishment owner, the corner store owner, and the fast food outlet manager have taken their money to the bank.  None of them is a descendant of slaves. It is a daily, weekly, monthly ritual as they line up in the merchants line of the bank to make their deposits. Annually, they file their tax reports and pay whatever they owe to the Internal Revenue Service. They have all had a good year in the hood. They each count sizable profits servicing Lakisha and others like her.

The bank then has its opportunity. It takes the deposits from each of the merchants, but it then shaves off 90% of their deposits under the Fractional Reserve banking rule set by the Federal Government.  It is a rule which allows banks to keep on reserve at the bank 1 dollar out of every 10 put in deposit. So, 90% of the 51 billion dollars or 45 billion dollars banks can then use to give short and long term loans to corporations and use to invest on Wall Street and in other global markets. The banks are then able to multiply the 45 billion dollars by 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times the amount given to them for safe keeping. The small amount of interest which the depositors earn on their deposits is miniscule in comparison to the profits made by the banks on deposit money.

The bankers are very happy. They have successfully used tax dollars paid through welfare and food stamp recipients like Lakisha to enrich themselves. In fact everyone has done well, except Lakisha. The IRS, the banks, and the ghetto stores have each made more money than they have expended because of the interest and taxes earned at each stage of a transaction with people like Lakisha.  The cycle is complete at that moment.

So, who are the ghetto rats? Lakisha and those like her merely serve as pipe lines through which money flows from taxpayers to government, to welfare recipients, then to banks, corporations, and finally back to government. Those establishments don’t lose money they dominant, control, exploit, and profit off poor people. It is they who are the hood rats not Lakisha and those like her.

That is why “the poor will always be with you”; poverty is profitable. Ghetto predators feed on the poor as do vultures on carrion. It is yet another of the aspects of plantation life lived out by poor people in the United States and the world.