Black Women are in Trouble: Here is Why, Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Tragic days of loneliness and poverty lay ahead for females who are descendants of slaves. Tragic because most of them have been set up for elimination by their government.

That should come as no surprise to anyone because we have always needed to live with more suspicion than others that government will eventually and intentionally wrong us all.

But the suffering of black women is compounded by betrayal. Betrayal, by grandsons of the males with whom their grand- mothers shared the hull of slave ships; by grandsons of the men their grandmothers stood next to while sharecropping throughout the south; by grandsons of the men for whom their grandmothers wept when their manhood was stripped from them; by the grandsons of men their mothers wept for while they were being lynched; by grandsons of those men with whom their grand-mothers stood beside in righteous struggle. All have turned their backs on black women today.

The betrayal by those black men is both emotional and physical. But even worse it is the chorus of disrespect from those same men which penetrate deep into the psyche of black women and kills the soul.

It’s not as though even some of their experiences in the United States have been happy. Happiness has always illuded African American females in the United States; if happiness is the fulfillment of desire, then there can be no happiness for black women in the United States.

It does not help that many black women show their near-sightedness by lending so much effort to tow a line for fly by night white feminist movements or organizations. From those which have an LBGT agenda to those which use black women for neo-liberal or right wing conservative agendas, after the ‘movement’ after the ‘demonstration’, the average black women will go home to their impoverished neighborhoods while the average white women will go home to security, opportunity, and wealth.

Even for those groups which exploit their adoration for God, black women have been the forty-mule team pulling the political cart for others. The ironies are that 1) none of their support for white groups will convert to dollars and cents for them when they need it. It never has. And, 2) fewer and fewer African American women are able or willing to expend the energy to cooperate with a man to tow a family line.

Nevertheless, for their sake, the fact book must be opened.  We cannot turn our faces away from the pages which describe future political betrayals and the resultant fallout which will be their shattered lives.

My words are taken from a page in the fact book. My words describe an unhappy time; it is what the facts on the page compel me to write.

At this late date, the range of alternative paths leading black women away to a better situation in the future has become as narrow as a pin head. That makes me think trouble for most black women is inevitable. Let me lay out some facts.

 A large percentage of up to 60% of African American women will be on the verge of a catastrophic economic collapse by the year 2050. 

 They will face homelessness in their old age, poor health, a steep decline in their individual life spans, and a consequent decline in the average life span of all African American women.

There are many reasons to conclude that what is instore for millions of black women will be a greater social challenge than that of the African American male incarceration rate in the 20th and 21st centuries.

It is a problem we can clearly see as one would see a storm on the horizon. Like a growing storm, we can see the growing dysfunction of the New Deal Social Security safety net implemented by the Roosevelt administration in 1936.

The Social Security administration has announced that by 2034 it will no longer have money to meet the needs of people retiring at the age of 65 and over.

Fifty-three percent of the retirement age population depend solely on the guarantee of receiving a social security check to live on after they can no longer work. But that guarantee is in jeopardy because the vault is empty.

There will be no money for 5,942,385 Generation X and Millennial Black women 64 to 84 by the year 2034. They will need social security benefits to survive in their old age. There will be none. It is projected that the social security administration will go unfunded to the end of the 21st century. But this coming social catastrophe will not have arisen out of a vacuum.

 Intersecting lines of no Marriage and no Children

 As of 2010, 61% of African American women were not married. That is the lowest ethnic marriage rate in the nation. The downward trend in marriages between black males and females will continue. In 2050, the majority female Descendants of Slaves will be unmarried. Most will have never been married. Most of them will never marry. The same will hold true for Descendants of slave males. Generally, that will translate into further economic and emotional instability. 

It means many who live long enough to reach 65 to 70 years of age will be too weak and old to work. They will be alone because they will not have the emotional, material, and moral support of a husband.

A recent study released by the Federal Reserve Bank highlights that only 18% of black families have two earner households.[1] That fact makes it clear that most black women can’t save money. Therefore, Black women will not only be alone but they will be without money. Many black women will be on the street; they will be reduced to begging. No one will care.

As of 2012, the total fertility rate for African American females was 1.8. Compared to Asian Americans at 1.6, that is close to the lowest ethnic fertility rate in the nation of 1.3.

A very large number of black women will have no children or will have had only one child by 2034. Probably, that one child will be financially unable to render support for their mother. What it means is that there will be no extended family support network for most black women.

For over 150 years, African American women benefited from having strong extended family networks which included husbands, sisters, brothers, children, and grand-children, and cousins.

Those net-works provided an emotional and economic safety net for them in old age. But traditional family networks will no longer exist in 2050. We are at the end of both the nuclear and extended family networks. We are at the end of a time when the family will be known as a utilitarian value among black people.

Whether it should be thought of that way or not is a moral issue. I believe family does have value. But all current evidence compels me to accept the fact that many black people no longer believe that families united by husband and wife have value worth preserving.

 Intersecting Lines of Poverty and Poor Health

Intersecting with the breakdown of family structure is the rise of poverty and poor physical and mental health among black women. African American women will begin to  suffer staggering health problems  as we move deeper into the 21st century. Another page in the fact book.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control released a report which said in part that the overall health of African American women is deteriorating rapidly: “…Researchers say the issue has no single cause, but persistent poverty, inadequate healthcare and higher risk factors such as high blood-pressure, obesity and diabetes impact black women at a higher rate.”[2] But there are wealth issues, too.

Another study revealed that the median wealth for single black women is $5.00 dollars compared to 42,600.00 for white women between the ages of 36 to 49. That is correlated with decreased savings for retirement among seventy-two percent of both Generation X and Millennial African American females.

Many of them will still be burdened by college debt and cost of living expenses during their productive years, for those reasons they will not be able to save money when they are young. Their lives reduced in value to a repetitive act of trying without ever reaching security they will sink below the poverty line like ships hit by a torpedo. And there won’t be life-jackets to save them.

Most black females will not inherit wealth from their baby boom parents because by 2024 the median value of assets or wealth held by African Americans is generally projected to be about $1,200.00 dollars compared to assets or wealth held by whites at over $122,366.00 dollars. There will be no major generational transfer of wealth among black people in general and black women in particular.

Saving money for the future will be problematic for other reasons as well. Monetary inflation has increased on average about 3% per year for over 100 years. That means a dollar in your hand today will be devalued by three cents within a year and every year thereafter such that within 16 years that same dollar will have lost 50% of its current purchasing value.

That means that the dollar today will buy less for you in 20 years. It means that the only way for you to keep up with the cost of living is to get at least a 3% cost of living raise in your income every year.

If people have a fixed income or no income, then it will be impossible for them to keep up with the increasing cost of living. That means food and rental cost will be too much for them to afford. It means that most black women will be forced to eat junk food and live on the streets in their old age. Will there be ghetto options?

Maybe they will live in abandoned cars renovated to provide shelter. That will be sad.

But by 2060, the masses will have no compassionate sentiment for black women because the masses will have adapted to their status as the underclass and will perceive black women as having no utilitarian value to society. They will show them no concern. 

The Number of Elderly is Rising: Who Will Support Them?

As of 2018, there are approximately 50 million people over the age of 65. That number is expected to increase to 74 million by 2034 and 81 million by 2050. The question is who will support them financially? Debates are taking place now. Those debates will steer millions of black women down a track.

Congress is debating the issue of the Dream Act or D.A.C.A. as I speak. The Trump administration wants to end the ‘chain policy’ which allows immigrants to bring family members into the nation.

The Democratic Congress wants to keep that policy and allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the nation.

Trump wants to build a border wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the nation.

But Democrats know that without a continued influx of both legal and illegal immigrants there will not be enough low wage people to pay taxes.

Without enough people in the active or working population to pay the necessary amount of taxes into social security, the Federal Government will face bankruptcy because it will be overburdened with the poor and its massive military expenditures as well as rising climate change costs. Just printing more money by the U.S. Treasury Department won’t remedy the problems because the amount of money issued to the aged will have very little purchasing power.

If the Republicans win, they will allow social security to collapse under the colossal weight of millions of dependent people; given that scenario, most black women will lose everything. Many will die prematurely. White Supremacists will say ‘good’.

If the progressives win they will increase state and Federal taxation on the rich and unskilled working population of immigrants. More companies will flee the nation. The result will be the spread of poverty. The government may restrict migration out of the country so that it can hold workers.

Unskilled workers will be trapped doing low wage service and non-industrial kinds of work. They will be unable to keep up with the cost of living. They will be virtual slaves.

Also, the Democratic think tanks are not factoring in the number of immigrant dependents and the burden that they will have on local, county, and state welfare systems nor the increasing cost due to global climate change damages that will occur regularly throughout the 21st century. Then it all falls apart. States and the Federal government will fight over taxation priority.  

But the Federal government will dominate the field.  Consequently, many states will fall to the level of third world poverty for its lower-class citizens.

In response to that, taxation burdens will grow from what it takes now to pay your taxes out of your annual income, about three months, to four months of your annual income.

Consequently, if Democrats prevail, Congress and State legislatures will be forced to cut social welfare programs for the poor by at least 30%. Black women will be the big losers because the costs to State and Federal governments to cover the cost of climate change damages will take priority over their social needs.

 Individualism or Collectivism?

Family is a collective endeavor. Family is a business. Family requires the highest degree of unity between males and females to achieve material and spiritual success. Historically, family members have supported one another in a variety of ways.

On the other hand, individualism is the polar-opposite of collectivism; individualism is the belief in self-interested promotion above all others.

Family unity cannot be preserved nor success achieved between men and women if, at the same time, they are committed to individualism as a way of life.

At some point in the past, both male and female descendants of slaves bought the notion and practice of individualism. The subscription to individualism has been a disaster for both. It has resulted in the destruction of family as we once knew it because family is no longer a meaningful practical way of life.

Consequently, we have been atomized; involved solely in our own spheres of interests while the turf we share and stand upon evaporates beneath our feet causing us all to free-fall.

Are there some viable choices which can be made now to avoid such a disaster?

Unless we become more collectivist in our social relations, the fact book describes an economic free-fall as being the most likely fate for millions of African American females.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Federal Reserve Bank, 2016

[2]Maternal health statistics staggering for black women, Rehema Ellis, Molly Roecker and Janelle Richards, Jan. 17, 2018and Janelle Richards / Jan.17.2018 / 7:56 AM ET and Janelle Richards / Jan.17.2018 / 7:56 AM ET Richards / Jan.17.2018 / 7:56 AM ET

 

AT THE RING OF THE BELL, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Pavlov Dog 3

Pavlov had a dog. One day as he looked at his dog a question came to his mind: What is it that causes my dog to behave toward me the way that it does? After thinking on it for a while he decided to conduct an experiment to find out.

He took his dog into his laboratory. He waited until the dog became extremely hungry. He then showed the dog a large steak. Afterward, he rang a bell. Right after he rang the bell he fed the dog the large steak.

He did that time after time. First he would ring the bell then he would feed his dog a large steak.

Finally, after he had fed countless steaks to his dog he decided that it was time to implement phase two of his experiment.

He took the dog and attached sensors to the inside of its mouth. Then he waited until his dog was very hungry. When that time arrived he rang the bell. But this time there was no steak. He wanted to see what would happen to the dog.

He looked at his measuring devise and discovered that his dog had salivated at the sound of the bell even though he had not seen the steak before the ring of the bell. He called the dog’s reaction: conditioned reflex. 

He had gotten the ringing bell sound into the subconscious mind of the dog in association with the pleasurable taste of a steak.

What that means is that the dog’s central nervous system had been trained to salivate in expectation of the pleasurable taste of a steak at the sound of a bell.

What he also understood was that the brain is the center of the nervous center. He understood that he had gotten into the dog’s subconscious mind and manipulated anxiety attraction for the pleasurable taste of a steak.

He understood after repeated trials of his experiment that the human subconscious mind was much like the dog’s subconscious mind. The human subconscious, too, could be accessed and controlled by triggers in the environment like the ringing bell in his experiment. He knew that much of human social behavior could be directed by powerful people in government and media who had the technology to access the subconscious minds of masses of people by the ringing of a bell.

Words, pictures, sounds like music, odors, and even textures could be used to excite expectations of pleasure or pain in order to guide human feelings and behavior onto a desired path.  But that kind of control would not be limited to just one individual at a time.

Millions, even billions of people can be trained to march in step in response to mechanisms put in place around them. Those mechanisms are put in place to trigger certain mental and biological responses from individuals in their expectation of pleasure or pain.

Today, there is virtually no African American media. Ninety percent of all media is now owned by six corporations. The media’s whole agenda is to persuade us to believe that they are credible and to buy goods and ideas in mass. The media manipulates us just as Pavlov manipulated his dog by the ringing of a bell.

What the scientists who work for media know is that by appealing to the unconscious fears and sexual anxieties of people scientists can arouse in people expectations of pleasure or pain. Scientists also know that if those triggers are repeated enough times over days and months they can get the association with pleasure or pain to stick in peoples subconscious minds.

For example, for five decades after World War 2, every December 7 the media reminded Americans of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. But now there is hardly a mention of it on December 7. The result is that people now have a more favorable stereotype of the nation of Japan. No longer do Americans associate December 7, 1941 with anxiety fear of pain from Japan. This is especially true for those in the age range 30 and younger.

When expectations of pleasure or pain stick in the subconscious mind each person will more or less behave automatically.  Just as your heart beats without your conscious effort, people will respond to their unconscious anxieties of fear and sexuality associated with words, sounds, odors, textures, and taste implanted in their subconscious minds by the mass media. 

For example, whenever you turn on the television or play video games on your Xbox the image and sound content is the ringing of the bell at the time that you are experiencing high levels of anxiety. That is exactly what reduces you to the level of a salivating dog.  

Don’t you know… success of that kind of conditioning is one of the reasons for the kinds of hip hop music videos being played in media? Have you ever noticed how when you hear it your body begins to move; you begin to sing along with it; you memorize the lyrics. It makes you anxious either in fear or sexuality. All of that is evidence that it has been implanted into your subconscious mind. Most of the time you see and feel in your subconscious mind instead of making logical decisions based upon facts in the world around you. You, in your subconscious mind, have been reduced to the level of a dog. You can call it dehumanization if you want to but you are more like Pavlov’s dog.

Politicians ring the bell, too. Their speeches ring bells to excite in you fear anxieties for the expectation of pain or attraction anxieties for the expectation of pleasure. So, they promise and promise what they will give you if you vote for them. By making promises to you they make you feel pleasurable or good but as soon as they get into office they do what they want to do for their Wall Street or corporate donors. And now, race and gender are the new ringing bells.

President Obama rang the race bell and incited pleasurable feelings in millions of African Americans. It worked because African Americans saw him in their subconscious minds as a ‘black man’ when in fact he is not a ‘black man’ in reality. African Americans voted for what they saw in their subconscious minds and of course President Obama would just ring the bell to give them the expectation of pleasure. But in the end African Americans have nothing but disappointment.

Hillary Clinton is the gender bell. She will play the same tactic on women that Obama played on African Americans. Women will see her through their subconscious mind in association with all the anger and resentment they have toward men. She will present herself as their savior pagan goddess. She will pleasure them with promises and stoke anxieties of fear about what will happen politically and economically if she does not win the presidency.

Never mind the facts that the same Wall Street and Corporate interests will fund her as did Obama and the Republicans. Women in general will be dehumanized by her campaign because she will not tell them the truth about herself and her real loyalties. Hillary Clinton’s loyalty is to the global plutocracy. It is now and it always has been just like her husband Bill Clinton.

But how will she get into the subconscious fears and hopes of African Americans? There is a simple answer to that. She will ring her bell and the Al Sharpton national action network, Jessie Jackson, Eric Dyson, Black Churches, the Urban League, the NAACP, and the Black Caucus, along with a host of other black influence peddlers will begin to salivate like the dog in Pavlov’s experiment. They will make their rounds mainly on the network news and talk shows to advance her promises to you in hopes that you confuse the color of their skin with the reality of their true motives. Their motives are economic self-interest and anxiety attraction for the love of their masters who ring the bell.

This kind of manipulation has gone on for centuries. But today it is much more sophisticated because of modern technology.

Most African Americans get caught up in the whirl of propaganda. Like Pavlov’s dog they are conditioned to respond to the bell even when there is no benefit for them. The proof of that premise is evidenced by the spending pattern of African Americans. Most of what they buy in stores has no utilitarian value at all. For example, in 2009 African Americans spent 3 billion dollars on alcohol and 3.30 billion dollars on tobacco products.

Remember the subconscious mind does not view reality as it is; the subconscious mind views what has been artificially implanted in it. Amoral scientists and politicians will always dominate people who cannot understand that premise.  They will always abuse people who cannot defend themselves.

So, even though legal remedies to our problems are important. Just look were that has gotten us since Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 or the 1965 Civil Rights Act; collectively we are worse off.

What is even more important than legislation is that we first stop responding to the ringing of the bell. We must keep our enemies’ artificial montage of destructive stereotypes out of our subconscious minds. We must not allow ourselves to be trained like dogs to respond to the ringing of a bell.

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