PURIFICATION BY FIRE, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed


Caucasian and some African American police officers react to African Americans from their subconscious minds not their conscious minds. Why black police officers react in that way calls for a far more complex analysis. So, I will focus on why Caucasian police officers react in that way in this article.

All across America citizens are trying to find solutions to the epidemic of excessive force used by white police officers on unarmed black men and children. For example, between 2010 and 2012, Police shot 1.47 per million whites as compared to 31.17 per million blacks in the age range 15-19.

To address the disproportionate shooting of blacks one of the proposals is that more training on the proper use of force be given to all police officers and that they be required to wear small video cameras.  But, in my opinion, no amount of extra training can solve the problem of police use of excessive force against black males. As far as the video cameras are concerned, their use depends upon local police procedural changes not upon Federal legislation. That is primarily because states’ rights preempt federal control of local and county law enforcement under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So, I am very skeptical about police change. Why? Let me try to explain. First, Darren Wilson.

Darren Wilson’s reaction to Michael Brown was a subconscious reaction not a conscious reaction. His subconscious reaction does not mean that he didn’t know what he was doing, nor does it mean that he didn’t intend to murder Michael Brown. He did know and he did intend to kill. This is not the same as an unconscious act of murder for which there is no possible intent.

What it means is…that which triggered Wilson’s reaction was faster than the conscious control his training is meant to have over his fears.  What is in Darren Wilson’s subconscious mind made him able to rationalize an irrational impulse filtered through his conscious mind.

He could justify his act of murder by the Supreme Court holding in Tennessee v. Garner (1985) and by his white supremacist religion that what he did was morally right even though he reacted automatically like a programmed robot.

The text of the transcript says it all. Darren Wilson described Michael Brown as a ‘Demon’. That description of Michael Brow in the transcript of the Grand Jury hearing is evidence of exactly why Wilson murdered Michael Brown.  It is evidence because it is a picture of how he views black men in general.

The idea of ‘demonic’ Black people is an old ancient belief in white culture. That belief was internalized into Wilson’s subconscious mind as a child as is the case with all white children. It is part of their white supremacist religious catechism. Demonic and the color black are made synonymous throughout their white supremacists’ religious scriptures. Those scriptures are poured into their subconscious minds like water into their bellies.

As children they are made to feel extremely uncomfortable even touching what is black. Of course it works on some more than others. But even those with a higher I.Q. are not less likely to be brain washed than the whites with a low I.Q.

Wilson’s anxieties or fears were associated with his instinctual urge for ‘self-preservation’. That urge was kindled when he saw Michael Brown. To a lesser degree those same feelings of fear and impending death are kindled whenever he sees or encounters a black male or even sees the picture of a black male. Imagine how disturbed Darren Wilson would feel if he were to walk into his church and see a picture of Jesus as a black man.

The imagery of what is demonic is black and the color ‘black’ is defined as demonic in his subconscious mind; that is what made Wilson shoot his weapon at least 11 times at Michael Brown. His public service role is but a mask.

In the transcript, Wilson described himself as a 5 year old child. This is important to note. The description of himself as a 5 year old child is the picture of innocence which he cleverly used on media to evoke in all white people a feeling of the kind of helplessness a child would feel in the grip of danger.  It was a clever use of the media to dig into the subconscious of millions of white Americans’ empathy.

Wilson’s subconscious connection with all others like him was that of ‘good white’ versus ‘evil black’.  There is historical evidence in literature and the film industry to prove the subconscious connection which all Caucasians have with one another in much of Western Civilization.

Watch the movie: Birth of a Nation. In it there is a scene of a black man foaming at the mouth in pursuit of a young white girl.  The girl reaches the ledge of a cliff. Unable to run away, she decides to commit suicide. The subconscious response in association with anxiety and the urge to ‘self-preservation’ is turned upside down to make the viewers conclude subconsciously that death is better than being touched by a black man. Wilson was acting out what was put into him subconsciously; he was taught to hate black men.

But there is even more media evidence of the subconscious unity which white Americans like Wilson have in their fear of Black men. Look at the book: The Scarlet Letter. Don’t watch the movie because what I will cite to you has been deleted from all the movies made on that book.

Look at chapter 16: ‘A Forrest Walk’; in it the writer uses the imagery ‘evil is black’, ‘black is evil’. The story describes a scene in which a little girl is told that the forest is haunted by a big black Man. The black man carries a huge book held together with metal clamps. What this Black man does is lure white girls to sign their names in the book he carries with their own blood. Thereafter, the black man puts a taint of character on them by the symbol of a color, scarlet.  The black man in that scene is described as the devil or at least a demon.

When Daren Wilson murdered Michael Brown he was reacting to images and anxieties tied together in his subconscious mind. It is the unseen subconscious mind which ties all white people together more or less to white supremacy in the United States. That is why no matter where you go most white people react to black people the same way. It is almost as if they act as one organism. You’d think they know each other, but you know that they don’t. It is a very creepy experience to have of them.

Now, let’s examine another creepy moment of white supremacy; the Eric Garner murder. If you look at the second video shoot of the incident taken from within a store directly in front his body, you will see Eric Garner’s dead body. What you will not see is any attempt by the police officers to give CPR despite the fact that all of them are trained to do so in emergencies and despite the fact that he cried out 11 times that he could not breathe. Why?

Even when the ambulance arrives you will see the EMT or Emergency Medical Technician check on his pulse but not give to him any CPR. You will see Officer Pantaleo smile and wave to the camera. You will see how the police officers callously dropped his body on the gurney. How they let his leg drop off the gurney. How they pulled his t-shirt up to expose his body. Why?

When police officer Daniel Pantaleo jumped Eric Garner from behind with a choke hold he heard Mr. Garner cry out : I can’t breathe’ 11 times. But he tightened the choke hold around Mr. Garner neck. Why?

What happened is that Daniel Pantaleo was reacting to his subconscious mind not his conscious mind just as did Daren Wilson. All of his police training was not strong enough to overcome his loathing and hatred for Black men. And each of those officers and EMTs around him, including the black female and male officers, were subconsciously connected by their hatred and loathing of Mr. Garner. Not one of them intervened to loosen his grip on an unarmed man crying out ‘I can’t breathe’.

In Cleveland, Ohio, Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy, was shot twice by police officer Timothy Loehmann within seconds of the police arrival. The boy had a toy gun which had been reported to the 911 dispatcher.  After the shooting, the police officer first called the Police officer’s union attorney and then afterward called the EMT ambulance.  He described the 12 year old as 20 years old. Why?

Loehmann was reacting to all the subconscious garbage in his mind. Subconsciously, there are no black male children; in his subconscious mind there are only dangerous black men. That is so because in Loehmann’s subconscious mind ‘black is evil’ and ‘evil is a threat’, and all threats must be killed. Combined with his general incompetence what he did to that boy was inevitable.  No amount of police training would have prevented Loehmann from murdering or harming Tamir Rice.

There is no cure, nor any treatment for the problem we face. What appears to you publicly as conscious and conscientious police officers who are performing their jobs within the limits of the law and their training is not what you should really be paying attention to. Their subconscious mind dominates their behavior and police officers are hired on a hidden criteria measured against the content of their subconscious mind. Police departments do not hire empathetic persons they want people with low empathy and moderate levels of cruelty measured in their personalities.

Their professional training is not and never has been stronger than their subconscious urge to kill African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino Americans. Their conscious unity under law is weaker than their subconscious unity to kill black people. Therefore, more black men will die.

Yes, we are governed and policed by psychopaths who have been given a license to kill.  But I want to tell you something.

We will not hide in our homes; we will not avoid the enjoyment of the society that we have helped to build and which we pay for. We will bring our children out into the sunlight and claim to the world that we are God’s creatures. And we are not going to wear out our shoes walking and marching to get you to understand that.



NO TRUST, NO PEACE, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Black Anguish

Sounds expressed in speech as words from one person to another turn every kind of wheel in our society and lubricate the very ball bearings which make their rotational movement in time possible. But not just any words can do that, rather they are words which carry in them the power of trust.

They are written in contracts between citizens, communicated through body language like a hand shake or they are orally expressed as ‘I give you my word’. But no matter how trust is communicated, society as a whole turns on the power of trust between the people of that society and their local, state, and federal governments.

When there is no trust there can be no peace between citizens and their governments. There can be no peace because the absence of mutual trust between government and citizens make citizens look for justice in the streets. While correspondingly, states become increasingly disposed to execute police power arbitrarily against its citizens to control them. Both a desperate citizenry searching for justice in the streets and the execution of arbitrary state police power to repress citizens are a recipe for social disaster.

The Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision not to indict police officer Daren Wilson is just another example of what happens when extreme state and local government incompetence become mixed with the myth of white supremacy. When citizens begin to seek justice in the streets, the state does everything to execute power in such a way as to maintain and advance their property rights over human rights. That includes their justice system.

The Justice System is just another mechanism white supremacists use to suppress the truth by twisting facts, by deleting facts, by ignoring evidence, by falsifying reports, by stacking juries to crank out legally binding decisions in their favor and by demonizing victims of injustice. But what should we, as African Americans, know about trust?

The amount of trust in a group is directly proportional to the amount of cooperation in a group. The amount of cooperation in a group is directly proportional to the work quality of a group. The amount of work quality in a group is directly proportional to the success of a group. And a successful group is a group with a high quality of life.

Trust has a unique nature. It is positive in its definition but unlimited in its scope to empower us. Trust means a feeling or feelings characterized by a maximum of calm, joy, confidence, cooperation, and assurance. Conversely, there is a negative definition. It tells us what trust is not; what it is utterly incapable of being. Trust is the absence of anxiety, in the form of apprehension and distress; it is the absence of conflict or competition. It is the absence of forced accommodation. It is the absence of controversy in our relationships.

By its very nature, trust fosters cooperation and moves people in consensual unison. The higher the trust the higher the unity. For example, think of a male and female relationship. Trust for them is foundational to sexual intercourse because at no time is a woman more vulnerable than when she allows a man to literally enter into her body and inject a foreign organic substance into her body. Therefore, a rational woman will want assurances from the man that he is clean and committed to her before she allows him to enter into her body.   

Likewise, a man is vulnerable when he exposes himself to a woman. He must also be given assurances from the woman that she is clean and has not exposed herself to unclean men before he exposes his penis to her vaginal secretions.  When both a man and a woman are mutually assured of the integrity of the other then each is qualified to enter into a contract to build a functional relationship. Such intimacy is possible because of trust. The power of that trust becomes a seed planted which has the potential to grow into a family.

The most dangerous enemy to trust is a lie.  If any person in relation to another tells a lie or if everyone in a group lies to each other then in proportion to their lying there is anxiety and thus a dysfunctional relation will grow between them.  We can now make a generalization.

Lying is the cause of dysfunction in our interpersonal lives. For that reason we cannot or do not trust one another. We cannot trust because we have lost confidence in those who live among us.

There is a psychology to our lack of trust. One reason that we ‘do not’ trust one another is because we are products of media propaganda. This propaganda when successful may result in our internalizing negative self images regarding our own physical characteristics into our subconscious mind. Those negative images then act as triggers which cause distress at our own ‘being who we are’. That puts us on continual defense.

No one wants to live in a family with their guard up; we want to live with our guard down. We want to live in peace with those we have learned to love. If a person must live in a family with his or her guard up then that family is dysfunctional and everyone in it will become more or less sick over time. But it does not end there at the door way of the family home.

Our communities are disproportionately unstable. This is due to the number of dysfunctional families in our communities. It is no wonder that today we as a people fail at forming functional families. Men don’t trust women and women don’t trust men. Mothers and fathers don’t trust children and children don’t trust mothers and fathers. Dysfunction will always follow in the absence of trust.

Only trust gives birth to family bonds of affection. And what holds a family together is the cooperation born by trusting one another.  What raises a family up to a high quality of life is trust.  And what enables each new generation of young people to trust is being born into families with the active capacity to trust in an actively trusting community of people.

Normally, we distrust that which threatens our well being. The distrust we feel when we are threatened is scientifically measurable as HIGH ANXIETY. When that happens we move away from the source of anxiety.

This is easily observable in all animals. A flock of birds will rest together in a tree. If they sense the presence of a cat then within seconds they scatter out of the tree away from the cat and into the air. This reduces their anxiety associated with death.

Human beings are no different. We too move away from what we perceive to be a threat to our family and individual well being. The problem for us, however, is that the normal anxiety aroused by an actual predator has been turned inward so that unlike the birds we are driven by anxiety to fly away from each other and even to feel uncomfortable in our own skin.

It is no wonder that we fail at forming business relationships, fail in school, and fail at discovering a non white supremacist knowledge of the nature of creation.

We fail at forming businesses because we fail to invest in forming trusting relations and thus cannot increase the cooperation to reduce the anxiety about working with one another. 

And so great is our anxiety in relation to our physiology that we will not even spend our money in businesses owned by our brothers and sisters. We fear raising them up higher than our own economic status. That fear becomes even more irrational when we envy and covet what our brothers and sisters have worked hard to earn for themselves.

We fail at forming our own schools because we have not become generally motivated to pursue a mastery of the sciences and modern technology. Instead, we pursue mythology in our backward gaze on long passed dead cultures and civilizations.

We must strive to overcome our failure at forming a clear and insightful knowledge of creation. An insight born out of our own minds as inspired by God and which is not dependent upon white supremacist mythology, nor dependent upon any other mythology nor white supremacist interpretations of creation. We must succeed at fostering that true vision of God; the God of Good, of Truth, of Oneness, and of Beauty.

Can we restore trust in our communities or at least restore enough trust to boost ourselves out of cultural stagnation? I think we can, but it will require hard work over many days, months, and years. Do we have the time we need to restore trust? I don’t know the answer to that question; but I do know this: we had better start trying right away.   

Trust spins our social world around and around. It generates the forces which keep our feet planted firmly on the ground of social life. It cements our relations of affection not only in the short term but in the long term. And, it protects us from social predators so that we can move in unison to avoid harm to one or to all.  Living in trust, we can build strong and lasting communities. Otherwise, if there is no trust among us here in the United States, then there will be no peace among us here in the United States.