DESCENDANTS OF SLAVES: NO FUTURE IN CALIFORNIA, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Whether we consciously acknowledge it or not, we are necessarily confronted everyday with certain unavoidable natural, economic, and political realities. For example, our need for food, for water, and for shelter; our need to be born healthy and into a family which provides us with a stable and structured material, emotional, and intellectual environment as well as our need to form meaningful relationships with those around us. Those conditions are all as natural as gravity. But barriers exist which challenge our ability to acquire those necessities. Some are natural and others are socially constructed. Our task is to overcome the ever present challenges to our existence.

A significant privation of any one of those conditions can retard our social development. If privations are severe enough, they can cause us to die prematurely before having ever had the opportunity to reach our highest stage of personal development. At its worst, significant social privations can dehumanize whole groups of people over time. We all want to avoid privation of the good things in life. We want what we think is good. But despite our best efforts we usually fall short at attaining what we believe to be good. That underscores another fact.

The fact is we are not always in conscious control of our situation. There are rational explanations for that fact but it is also because running parallel to what we consciously try to determine for ourselves are hidden irrational forces altering the designed outcome of our conscious choices. Those hidden irrational forces are like tiny metallic specks in the corners of a pair of dice making them roll off the course we design.

Inclosing the conscious sphere of our individual and collective lives is an even deeper natural reality. That reality is an unconscious yet very natural force. The unconscious is by weight a more powerful force than our rational efforts to design the best possible life for ourselves. That is so even though it’s awesome power is never fully discerned by us on our narrowly defined stage of personal drama.

Our personal drama blinds us to the existence of the unconscious forces moving us. Over a vast number of years, some of us may turn and look back, intuitively, if not visually. At that time, we experience a sweeping comprehension of the varied unconscious effects of the unseen on our lives, or the lives of those around us, and the very world we perceive. For as we examine our past at that time we may see with both hindsight and insight an altered landscape as well as an altered mindscape.

We comprehend them both reshaped around us as well as in us. We might then say: things have changed and are changing beyond my power to stop or control the incessant re-combinations and permutations of things around us. Yes, a face seen in a mirror at 20 years of age one day has a reality check and sees itself in the same mirror at 80 years of age and realizes it has been running a gauntlet of nuanced types of very physical opposition.

That unconscious force which loads the dice against us governs the ebb and flow of whole populations of creatures, big and small, across the globe. On land and under oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. There are few remedies to its onslaught.

Darwin called it natural selection, adaptation, mutation, and gene flow. Here, there is no escaping it.  We live by and in natural selection and we are subjects to that all powerful process of change. That change extends to social selection by conflict and competition. 

With a broadened vision, some of us eventually come to comprehend that we are adrift and continually carried away as chemical film is carried on the surface of a body of water by deep and powerful undercurrents. To where in the world, we don’t know.

In time, maybe, some of us come to comprehend that we move with the ebb and flow of a great mass of human flesh. We can even feel it driving us through a wide biological undercurrent into ever shifting relational combinations.

We are tossed and turned in our lives by that unseen force. Our entering into and exiting varied personal drama is evidence of the unconscious as are the unpredictable outcomes which build up the social structures around our lives.

We know that there was no logical order to our coming to exist in the world; logical order was not nor could ever unravel the infinitely complex ever changing combination of things that bore us into a place to live out our lives. We are thrown about and where we land we are forced of necessity to just cope or if not, to die sooner than later.

We are in the world much more in the hand of blind chance than we are in the hand of conscious determination. We can be in such denial about our captivity. We blame ourselves for our captivity. Actually, we don’t have significant power. It is not always our mistakes that foil our best efforts to rise above the muck and mud, rather it is that unseen natural force which courses along its way against our own.  

But that makes conscious self-determination even more precious to us; for it is the most unique characteristic among all life forms on earth. The bouquet was thrown and we caught it; we have it. For it is conscious self-determination which can raise us above the absolute unpredictable roll of the unconscious and give to us a slice of reason coupled with action to buffer us against its shocks. Take for example reproduction. The reproduction of another human being is a free choice exercised by us to make another human creature or not.

The reproduction of offspring is contingent on many conditions.  Assuming those many conditions are adequately met, the reproduction of offspring is like spring water flowing down from a high mountain top. From that flowing spring water, entire communities draw as would a thirsty man or woman draw from a well on a hot summer day.

By it, a population, from a bird’s eye view, not spanning minutes, hours, and days but rather a view spanned over decades and centuries at a sweep would stand out as one living organism connected by a thread of DNA stretching back countless billions of years.

We would stand out literally as a transparent gooey chemical process among others in the atmosphere, but graced with a mysteriously endowed high intelligence. Intelligently, we can and do replenish ourselves and in so doing awaken at the dawn of every new generation a renewed people ready to struggle again.

But let’s assume the opposite. What if the many contingent conditions for biological reproduction are not adequately met? Under such conditions, what should we expect? 

What does science say? For science and the methodology of science is to our understanding what sensation is to our body. Zoological experts say that the fitness of any individual or population is measured by the number of its offspring that survive to sire their own offspring and through which its unique genetic codes and culture are passed through the unconscious undercurrent from one generation to the next.[1] What relevance does that have to descendants of slaves in California? My answer is that Descendants of Slaves have no meaningful place within any social sphere in the state of California. Let me tell you why that is my thesis.

No Demographic Growth for Descendants of Slaves

I recently read a study published by the California Department of Finance which predicts statistically that there will be a significant decline in the population of descendants of slaves in California. It predicted a full 2 percent drop, from 7.3 percent in 1980 to 5.3 percent by 2030.   Such population decline can be observed in every city and town in California. What we observe cannot be dismissed as being merely a statistical dip; it is a growing trend. 

 

The End of Marriage For Descendants of Slaves

Marriage rates for DOS are correlated with DOS demographic decline. There has been a consistent decline in the marriage rate among descendants of slaves generally.  Even among college educated DOS, the marriage rate is in free fall. The Brookings Institute reported a study which found that 60% of black college graduates have never married.[2]

 

In an article published by Scholars Strategy Network, Dawne Mauzon states: In 1960, 61% of blacks were married but by 2008 it was only 32%. Blacks also get divorced more often and remarry less frequently than whites.”[3]  What other factors are correlated with the marriage decline among DOS?

Mauzon hypothesizes, and I quote: “In part, the men are just not there in many black communities.” That is a social fact. It is normative for black adult males to be absent in black families. The chances are greater for that being the case than not. In California, 29% or 39, 451 of all black males are prison inmates.  

Furthermore, the Pew report revealed that DOS females have a narrowly defined preference list.[4] In short, most black women surveyed have high financial aspirations when it comes to choosing a mate.

No Marriage and Education Balance for Descendants of Slaves

The Pew Report went on to reveal that Black women prefer a well-educated black male. That preference exists although in California Black male enrollment at California State Universities is approximately 1.5 percent or 3,860 of the total student body of over 200,000 students. It is even worse at the California Universities where in the fall of 2016 at U.C. Berkeley there were only 393 black male freshmen of the 13,900 entering freshmen. At California Poly Technic State University San Luis Obispo, one of the most important engineering and architectural institutions in the nation, black males constitute less than 1 percent of the student body of 26,000 students. One must also keep in mind that a significant number of those are immigrant Africans or their descendants.

Thus, with a ratio of 1 African American Male for every 2 African American females at California State Universities, it is highly unlikely that the far more numerous females will match up with black males having equal educational credentials inside California.[5] That is a national pattern.

No Marriage and Financial Stability for Descendants of Slaves

Lastly, the Pew Research report revealed that 50% of black women surveyed want male financial stability as a precondition to marriage. That compared to only 25% of white women who wanted the same. This expectation is not what most black males can meet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In California, 20% of descendants of slaves are at or below the poverty line; that is 1 out of every 5. Full employment for many is a thing of the past.

It was reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015 that male descendants of slaves had an unemployment rate of 11% in the State of California.[6] That rate of DOS unemployment has become a constant since California lost between 30 and 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs over the course of the last three decades.

The California unemployment rate is twice as high as the national average. Black men are more likely to be in and out of employment more frequently than males of other ethnic groups. There are many reasons for that but suffice it to say that the reality of black male financial stability does not equate with what 50% of black females in that survey want.

Those black females who want men who are financially stable will generally not find them in the private sector either. The loss of black businesses will be an unintended consequence of a declining black population and or communities in California. So, if you are African American, don’t start your business in California unless you live in a densely-populated immigrant African community or have White and or Hispanic patronage. Generally, black businesses are suffering and withering away. There will be a dearth of financially viable black men from those job markets for black women who want to marry financially stable black men who own a  business.

Part of the reinforcement feedback loop will be a loss of black patronage for black businesses including banks. And there is no evidence to support a claim that white and Hispanic people will significantly patronize black businesses including the use of black professional services. A derivative effect of low or no financial stability in the DOS community is that in California they have no political power.

No Political Representation for Descendants of Slaves 

All citizens are urged to employ legislative representatives for remedy of their grievances in democratic societies. We are taught that the laws that govern us all will clearly reflect both our fears and hopes. We are taught the enforcement of those laws will recognize no class differences by state law enforcement agencies. We are taught that every citizen brought before our criminal courts are presumed innocent until proven guilty. We are taught that justice is blind and so not respecting the person hears only the facts.

We have virtually no representation in the State Legislature. As of 2016, only 10 state legislators are of African descent. That is a far less proportion than the proportion of DOS in California. No wonder our needs go unmet.[7]  Black politicians serve the interests of their doners. The interests of their doners is greater power for themselves not DOS.

  

If a community’s interests are defined in terms of power, meaning that their interests are reflected in the laws and policies of society and acted upon by its many agencies, then DOS have no political power in California. For the overwhelming magnitude of social and economic privations among DOS in the many cities where they are concentrated evidences a wide fault line in this Californian democracy. On one side of that fault line are Descendants of Slaves and on the other side is everyone else including black politicians who generally supported the NAFTA agreement signed into law under Bill Clinton in 1994.

DOS have been politically abandoned in California. Therefore, descendants of slaves do not participate the democratic process in California enough to qualify them as voice in state affairs. Descendants of slaves are institutionally powerless and perhaps more importantly, they cannot muster street power to make their voices heard. 

No Habitat for Descendants of Slaves

There is a zoological assumption at the foundation of my discussion. The truth is there is inadequate carrying capacity for most DOS in the state of California.   There is too much environmental resistance on all levels to DOS growth. There was a time when we were not here and there will be a time very soon when we will be here no longer. As a unique ethnic group in California, DOS are running out of habitat in California. Like any other animal, the loss of habitat spells doom.

The factors which I have identified along with many others including those of mental health, religious institutions, and political affiliation are also parts of reinforcing feedback loops causing DOS communities to spin irreversibly out of control. Though some individuals will live on in the state, generally there is no future for DOS as a community in the State of California.

 

 

[1] Quran: 76:2, 18:37, 23:13

[2] American Family Survey; Restricted to Women aged 25 to 35, cited from Brookings Institute: Race Gaps in Marriage Rates for College Graduates

[3] Dawne Mouzon, Rutgers University, Why Has Marriage Declined Among Black Americans, Rutgers University, 2013

[4] Pew Research Center, Survey, 2010

[5] Keep in mind that most college educated men marry down the socio-economic scale or are indifferent to a women’s education level.

[6] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment Rates for Blacks by State, 2015

[7] California Research Bureau, California State Library

TRIBALISM AND RACISM: TWO FACES OF THE SAME EVIL, by Kifon Emile, M.A.

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Social Identity is a conceptual framework designed to create meaning, distinction and with the goal of strengthening the sense of belonging while promoting – mutual – growth. In this case, a tribe, a race or a nation gives a generic identity to an individual in which he defines himself.

Identity, it follows, is founded ironically on a simple principle: the identical. That is, he looks like me, thinks like me, has the same origin as me, understands me, can assist me [unconditionally?], he won’t hurt me, he looks familiar and would likely know why I act/think this way or that way without judging etc. What an individual sees in his race/tribe, he sees – most of the time, the opposite in others’. As such, identity becomes a comfort zone, crafted by society [structural] and individuals [psychological] to maintain those agreeable feelings of safety and belonging.

The socio-genesis of race and tribe is built on the same basis of primary emotions which connect a person to other members of the family. Between the structural and the psychological, there is a biological link which connects the two thereby making such bonds not only strong but sometimes – if not most of the times – irrational.

Three concepts come into play when the issue of tribe and race are concerned: culture (structural), (personal) psychological, and (blood) biological.

Culture imposes a set of values upon individuals in a given community. These values include but are not limited to the following: food, drinks, dance, language, dressing, etc. Being born into particular culture or race is not a choice. How an individual integrates those values that are set on him comes from his personal decision. However, because there is a belief that members who share a given identity are connected as a family – blood, the choices made usually turn in favor of sentiments rather than objective reasoning.

The concept of tribe is related to two others which share the same characteristics: clan and ethnic group. The first refers to a subgroup within a given tribe, generally smaller with closer connections while the second refers to an agglomeration of tribes that share common characteristics (language, food, dances etc.) and origin. Any case against tribalism applies to ethnic groupings as well as clans. The understanding of racism and tribalism appears to be at the heart of most of the major crisis that humanity has ever known. According to Niall Ferguson, renowned Harvard history professor, argued in Wars of the World, that the WWI and II were motivated by the expansion of empires and ethnic proclivity. It happened that such ethnic expansion coincided with race boundaries. Another heinous evil known to humanity is slavery which was linked to race.

Unraveling the problems related to tribalism and racism constitute a general approach in understanding what lies at the core of discrimination between groups of people which evidently is the cause of so many injustices and violence.

Social Identity: An Attribute or An Essence?

An attribute means to ascribe from its Latin derivative “ad tribuere” to ascribe. Because ascribe refers to certain characteristics that are assigned to an individual either by himself, society, or law are for the most part external, it constitute a transient phase with regard to its contingent nature and peripheral phase with regard to its superficiality.

Essence, on the contrary, is an intrinsic property that defines something/someone and without which it ceases to be what it is. An essence is also a substance or necessity and without this at thing or someone loses its identity.

James Watson is a Nobel Prize winner in biology for his contribution in the development of DNA and is one among thousands of intellectuals who believe that there is some essence in the issue of race when he stated that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” It is a common belief that there is an intrinsic value unequally distributed among races which is the primary cause of poverty and riches, greatness or misery in a given people. But a close elucidation unveils a more intricate reality than public opinion would possibly admit.

If intelligence is an essence designating a value in the genes of individuals whose corollary characteristic is skin color, then it must be concluded that there is no human genus but many human genera. And because these genera differ in their intelligence, concepts of democracy, human rights, and justice they cannot be held to be universal. That leads ultimately to this premise: Universal Declarations of human rights become null. It cannot be expected for humans to practice universal values fundamental to humans when their essence and capacity of grasping these values do not match.

Admittedly, in an enjoyable assertion, it is said that the Kikuyus of Kenya are good business people while the Luo are book people [intelligent, lawyers, doctors etc.]. In Nigeria, the Igbo are associated with business and money, the Yoruba with education while the Hausas are seen as lousy, love power. In Cameroon, the Bamileke are stereotyped with money, northerners with low skilled jobs, Sawa as beautiful but lazy. Almost every tribe has a stereotype in Africa and they play an important role in shaping interactions and defining the patterns of cohabitation of peace or conflict. But it is not uncommon to find out that these are often based on isolated cases, poorly generalized, massively marketed at a discounted rate of coherence and truth since they ignore social trajectories that each group grow through in defining its self-preservation agenda.

For example, the Bamileke are associated with business and money but the richest man in Cameroon is an Anglophone from the north west province, Muslim, Aladji Danpollo [Cf. Jeune Afrique]; the Northerners in Nigeria are linked with power but most of the investments are done in the south [Lagos, Abudja] thereby benefiting most people of the south. The Igbos in Nigeria are mainly associated with business but the most acclaimed African writer who brought Africa to light was Chinua Achebe who is an Igbo. Even when it is believed in Nigeria that Fulani/Hausa are born to rule, the same tribe which constitute about 10% of the Cameroonian population doesn’t have those beliefs.

In fact, tribal stereotypes appear to be at the heart of most of the conflicts that are faced in African nations, breaks the bridge of trust while installing a hardware of misunderstanding and suspicion. But very little is done about it. Generally, it is believed that that is what those people are.

Racism comes with its own stereotypes and most people believe that some races are naturally made to have certain potentials: either intelligent or foolish, hard working or lazy, organized or disorganized, etc.

If the complex relations of tribalism and instinct cannot be conquered, then that of racism still has a long way to go. Such beliefs lead, naturally to the classification of races/tribes into a hierarchy.

Hierarchy? Structural Identity And Symbolic Violence

Each time a tribe/race is considered superior to another, symbolic violence is being normalized. Specific groups are known for attributing to themselves all the good qualities, while conferring to others all the negative ones thereby strengthening their position of feeling superior.

Tribal hierarchy, less discussed and admitted, is an ensuing argument of those who hold social identities as an essence. There is a common expression in Nigeria used by the Funali which corroborates this position: Fulani are “born to rule”, described by  Anyichiet Ochukwu in the Daily Trust as the born to rule syndrome in the Nigerian governing class, which according to him, is at the core of the governance problem in Nigeria. Of the thirteen presidents that have ruled Nigeria, it is no surprise that nine of them are from the greater North including the central belt. Taking into account the fact that Muhammadu Buhari has been president twice, this should actually sum up to ten against three for the southerners. It should be pointed that Nigeria officially become a democratic nation in 1999 under the fourth republic and since many northerners – perhaps due to less interest in education, entered the military, they consolidated their position under the long military dictatorship by taking turns in power. So, born to rule appears to be a forged concept acquired through might rather than right. It was a contingent reality, and does not designate a tribal substance inherent in the Fulani people or the northerners.

In Cameroon, the Douala and Sawa people usually feel superior to other tribes. This explains why most of them never liked to work in the plantations created by the whites in the early 1900s. For this reason, Bamilekes, from the South West migrated to this littoral region to work in these plantations where through careful savings and investments many of them finally became wealthy thereby developing their own superiority complex.

In Rwanda, the Belgians had propagated a myth of tribal/ethnic superiority of the Tutsis because they had a lighter skin color, are tall, had greater social order and were more like Europeans compared to the Hutsi counterparts. Although there had existed a social order which classified the Tutsis as superior because they were of divine origin and the natural elite who brought civilization to Rwanda, the Germans who first colonized the territory never emphasized on it nor enforced it.

From the 1950s, the racial identities – which is actually ethnic, were institutionalized. This led to the progressive subjugation of the Hutsi whose revolt culminated in the 1994 genocide that resulted in close to a million Tutsis deaths thereby reducing the percentage of the group from 24% to 14%: an epic attempt of ethnic cleansing built on the edifice of crafted illusion. The ramification of this war includes the Burundian genocide [1972-1993] and the first [1996-1997] and second [1998-2003] Congo Wars.

What makes a tribe/ethnic group superior? In most cases, it is through the acquisition of things of power like arms, wealth, intelligence, organized systems, and success in all its forms. But also skin color as in the case of Rwanda. Because a lighter skin is believed to be superior, myths are created to conform to such realities in order to consolidate these comfort zones.

These arguments on hierarchy among tribes illustrate that contingent realities always influence the way a group of people see themselves and the way they expect others to see them. Do these differences really matter in the lives of people?

When millions of people are killed with impunity under the pretext of tribe/ethnic group, it becomes evident that even more would lose jobs, suffer corruption, and other unfair treatment because they do not belong to the same tribe/ethnic group as the other person. This explains why intertribal marriages have always been seen with suspicion by most African tribes.

Racial hierarchy remains a credo that has lasted for centuries and holds a privileged place in the subconscious minds of many people. In an – almost – exhaustive account of race/racism and hierarchy, Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed points out in A particular Line of reasoning: How Plato and Aristotle fashioned our concept of race, that it is a “2,400 year old downward spiral in relation to the quality of human reasoning…” Racial hierarchy, based on skin color placed the white race at the top, blacks at the bottom and all the others in the midway.

The consequences of such classifications are far-reaching that even the organization of modern societies find it too complex and nearly impossible to do away with it.

Old Primitive Emotions In A New Rationality: Modern States

It is an old psychological joke that all children believe that their dad is the most handsome, hardworking and greatest man alive. Even when bullied by the a mighty soldier, he rushes to his dad who, most of the time, is as helpless as other people but thanks to his old age has learnt to beg for his survival through tolerance and dialogue – values which would restores the child’s confidence in him.

Family attachments are based on such sentiments and by blood even when the values claimed to be practiced therein may not really be there. This connection outreaches to extended members of the family which finally becomes a clan, a tribe, or an ethnic group. These closed societies hold to their illusion of self and social identity and are almost autonomous in most cases with regards to legislation, territory, and administration. This is the old order which can also be called the primitive order.

The emergence of modern states brought in another reality that would shake tribal logic to its core – citizenry. Being a citizen of a country means you must accept all others not as members of other tribes, clans or ethnic groups but simply because they are citizens. It is a new rationality because tribe must never come before the nation. National identity through respect of the law must outshine traditional attachment.

In practice, this new rationality often carries with it relics of its old self thereby threatening the wellbeing of the State and that of all its citizens. In Cameroon, there are about 250 tribes, in Nigeria about 300 and over 100 tribes in Angola. As a result, most African states are constituted of multiple tribes and government workers are called to relate to everyone as equal without prejudice to origin or tribe. Regrettably, the old enemy reappears in a new form in these institutions. Public administration is used by those to power to further defend the interests of a particular tribe.

In the West, most nations were formed along tribal lines, or almost so. Coupled with a long history of nation building, they’ve learned to live with others’ differences but the biological aspect of race has never disappeared. That is what led to the racial and ethnic tension of the early 1900s which later became the world wars.

There is nothing as self-evident as the equality of man and there is nothing as frustrating as his desire to distinguish/classify himself as a special being within the same species. The Declaration of Independence, 4th of July 1776, made it clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” After 168 years, the same formulation appeared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” Both texts pioneered by the United States of America, whose constitution upholds racial superiority, perhaps never considered blacks as humans since they were officially segregated till 1963. In fact, they never stopped slavery, segregation, and modern day discrimination.

Racity/Tribality Against Racism/Tribalism: When Nominal Coherence Meets the Frontiers of Practical Unpredictability

In principle, it is only normal for people who share common threads to live together. It is good for a Muslim to be happy to be around other Muslims and for Indians to love Indian restaurants; Bulu people to love cassava and peanut butter; Hausa to love those who look like them and Hispanics to love Hispanic music. It is normal also for whites to love their own people and normal for blacks to love blacks. This is raciality/trability.

While it is normal to like the things from your tribe and the people from your race, it becomes extremely difficult to draw the line where one must stop from conferring undeserved privileges to those who look like us while refusing from others who truly deserve our attention. Here, good judgement and law are jeopardized while emotions are being instrumentalized.

But living within one’s comfort zone and establishing the limits where it becomes a crime seems complex in daily life. When discrimination is committed against a member of another community, it is easy to justify it because they are no emotional attachments involved. On the contrary, there are always laws and public support in favor of the actions of some against others. Such exploitation of circumstances occur especially when a dominant tribe control power (Bulu in Cameroon) or when a given race assumes the rule of autochthony (Whites in the United States of America).

During civil unrests in Cameroon, the military is usually deployed from the Northern Province, who are usually the Hausas and Fulani. And because they have no emotional connection with people from the south, their oppression of any civil unrest is usually cruel and effective. The same strategy is used in the deployment of troops around the country. From an individual perspective, a Nigerian soldier had confessed how she killed rebels in South Sudan without any sympathy but her heart melts when she hears the victim mourn in a language familiar to her.

Does such reactions make sense when we compare the way in which Whites kill Blacks in the USA? Actually, there is usually no compassion because it is the pain is in others.

What the West finds inadmissible about World War I and II is the fact the white man administered to those who looked like them acts which were reserved for others. It only makes sense that the UNO, NATO and related bodies were created after that with the primary reason to prevent war from occurring among these nations. And what about nations in Africa, South America, Middle East and Asia? “They should take care of themselves…”

The Veneration of Illusion Versus Disgust of Reality: Redefining Identity

Social identity, racial or tribal, when put on the crucible of pure reason – objectivity, shreds all frontiers and pulls downs permanently without appeal all curtains behind which all humans hide. The final verdict is that humans are one. But why is this self-evident reality accepted with disgust and often rejected in daily life? The reason is simple: humans venerate illusion, because in it, they find their comfort zone. When such comforts zones don’t suffice others are immediately created: rites, gods, myths, etc. Fear is the god-father of illusions while incertitude is the mother delusion.

The Banso people from the grass field North West region of Cameroon love their tribe, their culture and tradition particularly their food and dance. Fufu and vegetables constitute their staple. But they often forget that Fufu is made of corn which was brought by the whites and replaced the local cereal. The same goes for Kabah, a gown worn by most women in Cameroon including the Banso which they believe is part of their culture. However, these dress styles came in as a reaction of astonished whites who, in front of naked ladies, decided to give them pieces of cloths to wrap around their breasts and down the thighs. It becomes clear that behind every culture is just an illusion which people venerate, a contingent aspect which happened at a given time and possibly will disappear.

Race is just a color, but regrettably happens to play one of the most important roles in peoples’ lives at times more than intelligence and hard work would.

On the one hand people claim everyone is the same, but on other hand each individual wants to remain in his/her own comfort zone.

Breaking barriers: Between Tension and Peace.

Social identity, as mentioned earlier, is an “artificial fortress”, comfort zone, crafted by a people as a means to promote their self-preservation, deter others from their influence – which they assume is mostly negative while integrating – reluctantly the positive ones. As such, these identity barriers become almost rigid over decades thereby becoming very difficult to break or cross. When a people integrate into another society there is usually the fear that they’ll lose their identity. It is due to the belief that social identity constitutes an essence which must not be diluted with another. However, these barriers get broken sometimes and there are ways to do so. During times of peace, the most prominent way is through marriage, trade or through politics (imposing laws on integration on racial and tribal diversity). In times of tension, barriers are broken through war [domination] or through consensus [mutual respect].

Marriage is one of the main ways in which barriers are broken between tribes and races. It is no doubt that it was forbidden from blacks to get married to white women before 1969. Even till today, it is still considered a taboo. Most Indians don’t marry out of their tribe. In Africa, most tribes prefer to marry within the same tribe or closer ones, although recent mobility of people and means of survival have put these convictions in check.

Trade between people or communities is another means through which a people increase their respectability and interact with others easily. With the increase in purchasing power of the Chinese, many whites find it great to marry a Chinese girl. And unless the purchasing power, defined by trade, of the black community increases considerably, their interaction with other established communities will be seen as a liability.

Many governments interfere to enforce integration of tribes and races. In Cameroon, there is a particular percentage from each major ethnic group to enter into public administration [regional integration quota, presidential decree n° 75/496 of a3th July 1975, decree n° 82/407 of 7th September 1982 and decree n°2000/696/PM of 13 septembre 2000].

In the USA, Executive Order 13583, 18th of August 2011, was signed and aimed at establishing a coordinated government-wide diversity and inclusion in the federal goverment. These regulations might meet challenges in their application but nevertheless illustrate the desire to cross barriers that seem so difficult to break.

Failure to break these barriers could lead to either a stalemate or conflict. That is, two communities which refuse to interact, or which are at war with each other. The multiple conflicts around Africa always have a tribal link and mentioned above.

Identity-Effect Versus Effects of Identity

Identity-effect is a reductionist analysis where every aspect of a person’s life is interpreted either only or mainly in relation to the identity s/he incarnates. It is a position characteristic of those who have reduced their rational faculties to be as narrow as such identity permits.

When Kenyans win in long distance running – like they usually do, arguments are quickly fabricated to show how race and genes are related to their success. No one attributes hard work and perseverance. Admittedly, if whites had won such titles, it could have been said that it is because they are disciplined and hard working. Jon Entine went as far as stating that “runners of west Africa are the fastest humans on earth.” He also referred to Bengt Saltin, the director of the Copenhagen Muscle Institute who said: “an athlete’s environment accounts for no more than 20-25% of athletic ability. The rest comes down to the roll of the genetic dice – with each population group having distinct advantages. In other words, running success is ‘in the genes.’

Here are the facts, athletic achievements, like success of all kind, is a bio-cultural phenomenon.”[cf. The DNA Olympics – Jamaicans win sprinting ‘genetic lottery’ – and why we should all care]. It is the same pattern of arguments that claimed that blacks have low IQ, that they don’t have sufficient intellectual capabilities as others. Conversely, this assertion in 2012 only shows that all the success of the white person is due to some inherent value, an essence which defines his existence. Therefore, only justifiable.

It follows that the identity-effect is not only reductionist but also a symbolic crime because it lays down the conceptual framework upon which injustice and discrimination would be built.

These arguments hold true for tribes as well. When a Luo in Kenya is excellent in medicine or law, he believes it is because they are made to be intelligent, to be scholars contrary to their tribal counterparts, the kikuyus who are business people. Such claims are truer when it comes to the white race who are believed to be intelligent, smart and orderly. When a white person discovers something new, it is seen as a normal achievement but if a person of color does the same it becomes strange. Niel deGrasse Tyson, the renowned New York astrophysicist had explained several times how he was discouraged by his teachers from doing the sciences but to focus on sports like all other black kids. Today, he is known as a great astrophysicist accredited in demoting Plato from the list of nine stars.

The identity-effect creates an enemy in society which then becomes the list of stereotypes lived as the effects of identity. In other words, the effects of identity are resultant acts from assumptions constantly made on people because they look in a particular way or because they are from a given tribe. Consequently, identity-effect and effects of identity are two sides of the same evil.

Humanity, plurality and respectability: At what cost?

With about 3000 tribes in Africa and about four races in the world, it is more evident than ever that plurality is not only the destiny of man but his nature. About 20 million Africans underwent slave trade due to skin color and tribal division, WW I and II lost the lives of about 100 million people. The Jewish genocide and Jewish pogroms cost the lives of at least 10 million Jews before they were finally accepted and respected – to some extent. Given all the division in the world, mostly related to tribe/ethnic group and race, how many more people must be sacrificed in order for humanity to come to the understanding that there is need to be one, and to live in peace, respectfully loving one another?

The contemporary world is vertical and there is more into play than race and tribe notably economy, diplomacy, environment etc. Luckily, humans live in an age where through intelligence and creativity, appropriate measures can be taken to solve the world’s most difficult enigma – division. Regrettably, division appears to be the factor the fuels the pride, happiness and riches of some people.

With all the good laws that have been made, man is left to himself and to his community to design patterns of sustainability that will ensure his survival and respectability in the modern context. The globalization of problems, the mutualization of competences, necessary interdependence of societies and the ultimate democratization of technology shall expose man to himself and to the world on the altar of a new fraternity called civility whose stronghold is the state. And this is not a project of a society, it is a project of humanity; it is its history and destiny.

Has man ever been friendly to fellow man?

When he claims his freedom, the other becomes a subject.

When he canonizes himself as just, the other is demonized as a suspect.

When he assumes he is cultured, the other is marketed as barbarian.

When he decides to believe, the other is stigmatized as a pagan.

When he proclaims himself as civilized, the other is diagnosed as primitive.

When he defines truth, the other is advertised as an imposture, heretic.

When he chooses the vocabulary, the other is decreed as ignorant.

When he defines value, the other is asked to accept existential bankruptcy.

When he defines law, the other is damned as a lawless law breaker.

When he defines beauty, the other’s is mocked as a caricature of aesthetic jargon.

When he defines culture, the other’s is slammed as a useless fabric of no value.

When he defines the exclusive we, the other is marked as the exclusive they.

Has man ever been friendly to fellow man?

[Ultimate wisdom Code I, p. 232]

 

ARE BLACK MEN HUNTERS WITH EMPTY HANDS?, Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

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At the core of what disturbs black male and female relations in the United States is this fact: African Americans are subject to the domination of white people.

It follows from that premise that what black people have in common with all dominated people throughout history and in the present is that they suffer the pathology of deference to their oppressors.

Due to the fact that dominated people respond differently to and with deference to their oppressors than they do to people within their own ethnic community, a shadow is casts over all their relationships.

What results are inevitable and abrasive consequences within the context of black male female interpersonal relationships. Deference to a group’s oppressor weakens relational cohesiveness in the oppressed group and thus sours black heterosexual relationships.

Subjugated men and women respond to oppressors differently because they are rewarded by their oppressors for submissive behavior and are punished for defiant behavior. Black women in slavery and post slavery America worked for white men. White men rewarded them for doing so. In response, Black women have learned to submit to white men to get rewarded by them even if that reward was sexual copulation with white men.

Today, within every institution, most black women work for white men or white people and are rewarded by white people even if that reward is for an academic grade or only in the form of a paycheck.  Black women can see who signed their paycheck; they know that white people sign it. They intuitively know white men have power.

Generally, black men cannot reward black women in any meaningfully competitive way. Thus, black women have been conditioned to respond more submissively to white men in expectation of a reward which most black women receive even if only in the form of an AFDC check at the end of every month.

Alternatively, black women living with black men who are sons, husbands, brothers, grandfathers, and uncles respond more defiantly to those black men because black men cannot reward them for more submissive or respectful responses. Generally, over centuries, black women have not been rewarded by black men and thus black men cannot arouse the same quality of euphoric feelings in black women as do white men and women.

For example, over centuries, the expectation that no reward should be expected from black men has been culturally transmitted non-verbally and verbally through the black female subculture across generations of black females. Rather, generally, black women have the expectation of black male weakness and dependence. Black women interpret black men as powerless.

 In short, generally, the black male in the United States is an emasculated male analogous to a castrated male. The black male is symbolically castrated in relation to the black woman because the absolute fact is that black men are dominated in all their social relations by  white men either directly or indirectly throughout all social institutions designed and built by white men. Black men are even made to bow down to a white man Jesus hanging in their churches with the expectation that they will get a reward from him here and in heaven.

The domination of black men is absolute and it cuts across all social classes from the most prosperous black men to the most impoverished black men. For example, the top black academics are made and rewarded by white men and women; the top black athletes are made and rewarded by white owners, managers, and fans; the top entertainers are made and rewarded by white men; and the average black man gets his pay check signed by a white man or some white controlled institution. Thus, all black men ultimately answer to white people. Black men have no power in the United States. Tragically, black men are always in the process of reinventing the wheel or being self destructive.

That is the condition of black men despite the fact that black men do want respect from black women yet they are at the same inhibited socially from being able to reward black women because white men are the dominate competitor and will not let black men score.

That makes black men frustrated and angry most of the time. Most of that anger is turned inward which sets in motion a chain of acts and thoughts which deteriorate their health. Black men know at least intuitively that there is a competition for attention from the opposite sex and they know that they are losing the competition for their genetic survival. Black men know the general rule of nature.

At the end of the day, that man who can hunt and bring home the deer; that man who can build and house a family will get the attention, respect, and sexual favors of black women or any women for that matter. He is the man to whom the black woman will submit. The crowd walks away from the hunter with empty hands.

What has been lost between black men and women will never be recovered in the United States because black women model themselves according to their oppressor’s standards.

Under non-subjugated conditions, men and women, i.e., black men and women have in-sync male and female bio-rhythms.  But that is not the case now. Slavery and contemporary social conditions have made that kind of synchronicity more or less impossible today.

 That is tragic for the black man because what it means is that black women are bio-rhythmically in-sync with white men; not necessarily in contact with them but subconsciously they are attracted to white men. The net result is that black men are alone.

The famous baby-doll test done by Dr(s) Mr. and Mrs. Clarke prove that there exists in the subconscious of most black people a reward expectation. It exist in black women to such a degree that they expect that if they choose a white male or for that matter any male who is not a black male they will get an immediate reward even if the reward is only a moment of euphoria.

However, when black men choose white women in expectation of euphoria and or a status bump up the social economic ladder, it ironically does not change his oppressed condition because white women have the same reward expectation of white men that black women have. She works for white men too. White women remain in-sync bio-rhythmically with white males because she has the same subconscious attraction to them that black women have.

Think of this analogy. A defeated male lion is to his pride what a black man is to the group of all black girls and women. When the dominant male lion is killed or forced out of his pride by another lion, that other lion systematically kills all cubs sired by the defeated lion. In an instant, the female lionesses go into estrus or heat because they subconsciously become attracted to the new dominant lion. They instantaneously become submissive to that lion and form expectation desires of reward in the form of sexual copulation and protection from that lion because he is now the dominant male.

Each generation of young black males is more or less emasculated and even killed off. That makes all women attracted to ‘white power’ because it is white power which protects and provides for them.

The emasculation of black boys and men is a symbolic assertion by white males of their power and dominance over black men. Black men cannot compete with them and more often than not cow down and are humiliated in front of black girls and women.

Nature is not compassionate. Nature does not reward weakness; it just simply does not. The weak die off. The zero sum game is always absolute at the end of the game of life. The tragedy of black male female relations today turns on a law of biological necessity.

But there is hope for those black men who have courage and passion.

First though, black men must stop complaining about the demoralized state of black women in the United States; black women are only going to get worse along with most black men. Most of them are spiritually deteriorated, intellectually incompetent, and incorrigible. Even the strong black men and women are hanging on by a thread.

But if you want to be a winner then you must have a strategy and you must take action according to that strategy.

Happiness must be pursued. If you are strong and intelligent enough then there are ways by means of which you can turn a losing situation into a winning situation enabling you to pursue and possess happiness. So, here are some steps you can take to gain happiness. Look to Africa.

African Girl

Number 1: Save up enough money to have a DNA African ancestral analysis done so you can identify your African tribe. Get the information and put it in a safe-deposit box.

Number 2: If you drink stop, if you smoke dope stop and join a fitness center and work out at least every other day.

Number 3: Do not tattoo your body; if you have done so get them removed.

Number 4: Change your diet to low carbohydrate and fructose; no refined and no brown sugar; in fact try to eliminate sugar from your diet completely.

Number 5: Get either a bread and butter degree from college or get vocational training so that you are immediately employable.

Number 6: Get a job and save 70% of your monthly income and live with the discipline of a Zulu warrior, even if you have to rent a room to save 70%.

Keep this in mind; it is not how much you earn but how well you manage what you do earn which will make you prosper.  

For example, if you only earn $20,000.00 dollars per year but you save 14,000 dollars per year, then in 10 years you will have saved $140,000.00 cash. So save for 10 years or until you save enough money to buy a house and still have surplus cash as back up. Be frugal.

Number 7: If you have had nothing but negative experiences with black women, at no fault of your own, then you should not have children with any black women, white women, or Mexican women in the United States. Never, ever, have sex with them without using a condom.

Number 8: After you have saved enough money and bought a house, go to your safe deposit box and get your tribal information. Contact that tribe because it is your tribe. Go to Africa and meet your tribe. They must and will accept you. Tell the chief of your tribe that you want to get married. Tell him why.

Remember, tribes will have different religious customs and marriages may require a dowry as proof that you can afford a good wife. And, watch out for the women who worship a picture of a white man; you should pass them up.

Number 9: Choose a woman who is 10 years younger than you and who is a virgin. Choose only a virgin in good health. Make sure she has no physical or mental defects. Marry her and register your marriage with the United States Embassy in that nation.

Number 10: Take her to your new home and love her and care for her and never do wrong to her. Buy her some nice clothes and some shoes. Have children with her. Let her stay home and care for your children. Keep your home alcohol and drug free. Be happy. She will not have a subconscious attraction to the white man. She will love and honor only you.

 

THE HIP HOP CULT: BLACK WOMAN HATERS, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Hip Hop Suicide

Black women are under attack; they are the target of a global mass media effort to dehumanize them. One powerful instrument of mass media is the hip hop cult of black female haters and those who follow them.  

Hip Hop is a cult. It is a cult because it turns on a unique set of values unlike any values among civilized people. Their values are life denying values.

Hip Hop’s followers, like all true believers, are committed to acting out their life denying values whether it is with drugs and alcohol, promoting atheism, or promoting the belief that human life has no spiritual purpose. Their culture is a culture of debasement and that makes it a culture of suicide.

They are a whole generation of young African Americans. Those born within impoverished inner cities during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and who have been raised on the denigrating lyrics of countless hip hop performers and a culture of inner city violence.

They are a generation of hip hop cultists. They have internalized hip hop symbolism and stereotypes into their subconscious minds and act with a minimum of reason and forethought.

They have elected as their leaders performers who spew out the hip hop message of white supremacy as they are paid to do by major white financial institutions.  Why do they attack black women? They attack black women because they have adapted the white supremacist myth of black women.

There is a lie being circulated on some Youtube programs propagated by some black men about some black women. The men circulating the lie are young black men between 17 and 40. These men have learned or are being paid to circulate a wholly negative view of black women. Their expressions are full of emotive terms.

Most of the discussions fail to make logically cogent arguments and argue without support of statistical facts.  Black women are falsely blamed for getting pregnant as if black girls and women inseminate themselves! Further, they blame black girls and women for being on welfare.  

Those who make such allegations get thousands of hits and likes on You-Tube from other black men. These followers feed on the lies because it helps them to rationalize their subconscious white supremacist mental orientation.

The show hosts falsely present themselves as economic innovators as well as being intellectual or knowledgeable and who aim to enlighten listeners when in reality they are the non musical compliment of the hip-hop cult of black woman haters.

The lie suggests that a large percentage of black girls and women between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age decide or with willful intent conspire to manipulate black men into relationships to become pregnant so that they can collect food stamps and qualify for welfare cash benefits. The black men who circulate that lie are misogynists.

You can recognize them by their language or speech. They refer to black women as ‘hoes’, ‘bed-winches’, hood-rats, Thot, bastard baby-makers, and many other negative words. The men who use such terminology hate black girls and women. They even have deep rooted hatred for their mothers.  

They hate their black mothers who raised them despite her sacrifice and her struggle to raise them without a committed man. They hate her because they hate being black and they don’t know how to be a man. They then transfer all their conflicted emotions onto all black women and girls. Why such hate and venomous words?

They need to do that so that they can rationalize their rejection of black girls and women. They do it in order to make themselves feel justified for marrying a woman of a different race or so they can be comfortable with being closet homosexuals. They are like the white slave masters’ black overseer who beat the black slave women willingly for the slave master and is then rewarded.

Such black men are genetic racists. They are genetic racists because they psychologically subscribe to classical white supremacy. They are no different than the hip-hop cult of black woman haters who get paid by white men to spew out the most hateful satanic lyrics about black women in U.S. history. 

They are no different than the Ku Klux Klan because they react with fear and sexual repulsion to the same subconscious network of images, stereotypes, and failed personal experiences as white supremacists murderers whether they are police officers or district attorneys or state and federal judges who hate all black people. 

The fact is that neither women nor men have children with the willful intent of qualifying for welfare. The fact is that men and women are bio-chemically motivated to be attracted to each other sexually.  Black women have a sex drive. The sex drive in both men and women is constant no matter what their life situation.

 The emotional and physical pleasure experienced in the sex act is centered in the brain of both men and women and reinforces the desire for more sexual contact.  But there is also another dimension to the act of sexual intercourse.

The sexual act occurs within either a responsible or irresponsible socio-economic condition. Metaphorically, a couple will have sex on a bed or on the floor; either on clean sheets or on dirty sheets. They will clean themselves with dirty towels or with clean towels. Welfare dependence results when the context of sexual activity by men and women is socio-economically inadequate.  A man and women who are sexually involved are members of all other couples who like them are sexually involved on any given day.  This fact is substantiated by the fact that thousands of babies are born on the same day.

The sex drive in men and women is a constant instinctual impulse. And, because at least one third of black women live at or below the poverty line, it is highly likely that a large percentage of black women are going to act out sexually under poor social conditions. 

What I mean by poor social conditions is that many black women will engage in sexual activity with whom they can when they can. That is more likely because the marriage rate for black people has been on the decline for over 40 years. Marriage is rare among black Americans today. Serial sexual relations are the new norm. The side effect of serial relations is that 72% of all black babies are now born to single parent families.

Poverty, low education, and incompetent black men qualify black women for welfare. Do this mental experiment, imagine if family courts awarded physical custody of children 3 years and older to fathers as a rule, would black women in those same social conditions still have serial sexual relations? The answer is yes. 

The answer is yes because the sex drive in all people is constant; the sex drive is always on.  The problem is that the sex drive of black people was economically profitable under slavery, but beyond the slave era black sexual energy has increasingly become an economic deficit. Since the profits have dried up, that same sexual energy is being manipulated by white institutions in such a way so as to cause as much conflict and competition between black men and women as possible.  

The slave master engineered the cultural framework of both black women and men. The slave system was made in such a way that the value of marriage was negated.

By preventing marriage, the slave master administered a patriarchal structure with white slave masters as the patriarchs. Beneath him were his wife then his children and other relatives in that order. Those next were the white overseers. After them came the slaves. At the bottom were black women, their children, and black men. Because marriage was not allowed, black women formed a matriarchal structure in the slave quarters and at the same time they were economically dependent on the white patriarch master.

The black man’s relation with the black female matriarch was competitive. Their relationship was competitive because they were pitted against each other in the field and as house servants.  Since all the profits went to the patriarch there was no economic support from black men for black women, thus black men were made inconsequential in the minds of black women except for sexual intercourse and breeding. On the basis of their slave roles they formed negative stereotypes of each other.

Black women had babies and may or may not have been with the men who fathered the children or it was the slave master’s child or children, and that truth had to be suppressed.

Under those conditions, dependence was learned by all black people. The master giveth and the master taketh away. But babies born of black women were added value to the slave master’s business. The slave master profited economically because the cost to feed pork guts to another slave baby was less than the money he earned by those babies as they grew.

The end of slavery brought about a new form of patriarchy. Government stepped into the boots of the slave master. But it was not a perfect fit because many black people sought to be families with economic self-sufficiency. However, many other black people did not form family structures nor did they find economically viable vocations. From them formed a culture of poverty.

After the failure of reconstruction and 1890, the southern Dixi-crats or Democratic Party reinstituted black economic dependence under the Roosevelt administration’s Aid to Families with Dependent Children.  They did it to get the black vote and to kick start the economy. The economy was fueled by funneling money from the U.S. Treasury to banks through poor black and white women.  

Now, Government patriarchy could operate in full force. It also reinstituted black matriarchy in poor black neighborhoods because black women had some monetary power. For that reason, black women shared in both the benefits of patriarchy and in the exercise of power in their matriarchal neighborhoods. One of the side effects has been the ongoing competition and negative feelings between black men and women.

Perhaps there is a conspiracy. But by no stretch of the imagination has there been a thought out conspiracy by poor black women to have children to get welfare money. Welfare dependence on the part of black women was and is because black men were and are economically marginalized. Black men were made economically incompetent during the depression in the 1930s as black men are generally economically incompetent today.

Thomas Malthus, a Scottish philosopher, explained that government can control the sexual energy of poor or marginalized people. He stated that to reduce the population of an unwanted people the state must engineer social conditions which negate marriage and blur sexual boundaries. That is the case today and its negative impact is evident.

Black babies born today are generally profitable for prisons, the welfare system, and for SSI dependencies. But each of those industries is beginning to cost more to upkeep than the profits once made. With the cost benefit shift, prisons are being closed; while over the last 40 years 22 million black fetuses have been aborted.

The fact is that demographically black women’s fertility rate and birth rate across all age ranges between 15 to 45 years of age has been falling since 1960. Today, black women on average have a lower fertility rate than white women. In fact, it is now about 1.8 babies born per black women between 15 and 45 in a given year.  The black birth rate is below replacement level. At that rate of fertility decline there will be very, very few black people after the year 2047. Thomas Malthus was right.

The facts make clear that white people control the sexuality of black people. At the ground level one cannot see the hand of white men manipulating their sex drive. A close look reveals the fact that white men manipulate our sexual energy through the medical system, the cult of hip-hop black women haters, and misogynistic pseudo thinkers.

Metaphorically, white men have their hands on black men’s penises and black women’s vaginas by controlling the conditions in which African Americans act out their natural instinctual energies.

Lastly, the misogynistic cult of pseudo thinkers and hip hop coons should get this; black men generally are the ones penetrating black women’s vaginas and leaving them with a fatherless child.

The problem of unwanted black babies is not due to black women. The problem is due to black men who don’t train their daughters to be moral and disciplined. The problem is black men who verbally and sexually abuse black girls; the problem is black fathers and step-fathers who commit incest.

So, black men, instead of denigrating black women you should take a look in the mirror at yourself because if some black women are dependent on welfare and food stamps it is because they don’t have a man who can support the family he made.

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