Sunday, Friday, February 22, 2009
Healing from ‘Mental Enslavement’ Known as
Although the shackles of chattel incarceration on People of African Descent, seems to have been removed over a century ago, by legislation that had been passed to relinquish the legal chains, and inequality, of the likes of sharecropping, Jim Crow Segregation Laws, and Redlining, that bound People of African descent in Africa, Europe and the Americas, to European Caucasian slave owners' balance sheets, along with their, oxen, horses, cows, farm equipment and other tangible assets; our children, elders, and women are still subjected to spite, hatefulness and outright terrorism. We still live in enemy territory, among an apathetic and insensitive people, under a state of "white" supremacy, racial profiling and stereotyping.
Yet, unlike, the Native American, Jew, Chinese, and Japanese nations, etc., no outside actions, Economic Recovery or Health Therapy, by the US society, has been employed to give restitution or reparations, for the mental and physical abuse, for the captivity, and colonization that occurred, for the family and societal disenfranchisement that was inherited, and for what economic destitution still remains with people of African descent today.
Yet many African descendants are in denial of the long-lasting effects of the traumatically brutal institution of the inhumane treatment and forced labor, used to build the United States. They often passively assert that slavery happened long ago, it has nothing to do with them now, and as melanin people, we should forgive and forget it, and take advantage of any ‘freedoms’ now available to us. However, the emotional and psychological damage caused by the Transatlantic war, US mass murder and genocide, colonization, human trafficking, rape, and terrorism, was so severe, that many people today still struggle with psychological, health challenges, displaced families and economic disenfranchisement. So many of our people have assimilated, and are compliant with the WASP middle-class value system of the United States.
MAAFA SYNDROMEI call this enslaved mindset, Maafa Syndrome. Maafa is a KiSwahili word which means chaos and "terrible disaster." Maafa is an African term, like the word Holocaust, that is used universally for the trauma that was exacted particularly against people of African Decent, by identifying them according to the color of their skin. This term refers to the periods of time, when Indigo People, or People of African descent, were invaded by Arabs and Aryan societies as well. This Maafa has occurred within the Americas, and globally, by Invaders, imperialists, and colonizers that sought the expansion of their power and way of life, against Indigo people, who choose to live in harmony with creation.
Maafa Syndrome means the total identification with an assailant abuser or terrorist, for the hope of favor. Maafa Syndrome predates the term that is known as Stockholm syndrome (Capture Bonding). Many people of African descent, have been targeted, terrorized, and indoctrinated by other ethnic groups, and classes, as though they are subordinate. Many people of African Descent accept and comply with this subordination, thinking they have no other alternative means... Many African Centered scholars will use the euro reference of "Stockholm Syndrome" to attribute the symptoms of the current psychological phenomena in people of African Descent. Yet the trauma and specific behaviors predate this euro contemporary coined phrase. Maafa Syndrome is specific to our people of African Descent. One of the early incentives to divide and conquer organization and unity for people of African Decent, outside of Religious indoctrination and the Willie Lynch syndrome, is the Meritorious Manumission Act.
The Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 are principles that controlled the thinking of Caucasians and People of African Descent then and now. This is how racism/white supremacy functions, and how this act affects us today. The Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was a legal act of freeing a slave in exchange for his or her "good deeds" as defined by the national public policy:
1.Saving a so-called white person's life
2. Protecting a caucasian's personal property
3. Coming up with inventions in which the slave owner could profit financially and receive credit for the invention
4. Snitching on/ Reporting to authorities of any revolt of so-called Blacks
Many of our people sold themselves out and their own people, out of desperation. Many of us still do...
In the late 1950s psychologists, by the name of Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, established an experiment, called the Doll study, which revealed the effects that segregation had on the African descendant community. Many ethnic and class groups, including people of African descent, isolated dark complexed dolls as undesirable, and un-preferred over other dolls of lighter complexions. This created a precedent for the integration of Americans of African descent into work and living situations around the descendants of those who colonized and disenfranchised them. The outcome of this integration mitigated the major obliteration of Schools, businesses and whole communities owned by Americans of African descent.
5 questions for gauging African consciousness, by Dr. Amos WilsonDr. Amos N Wilson (February 23,1941 – January 14, 1995), was a former Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York. He would argue that "only a systematic correction in consciousness can help people, who were taught to think as slaves, and to truly escape bondage."
Dr. Amos N Wilson, the renowned author who penned books such as “The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child,” and "Blueprint for Black Power," posed five simple questions.
If Wilson’s questions are answered truthfully, they reveal and monitor Maafa Syndrome as the enslaved mindset, still within many People of African Descent.
1. What Language Do You Speak?Language is critical to the expression of culture because it’s a way to express the values, beliefs, and customs of a people. It is fundamental to cultural identity, and if people forget their native tongue, they lose an important aspect of their culture and a piece of who they are. This is fundamental to why people must keep their own languages alive.
When Indigo people were forced to adopt the languages of the English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, etc., in the United States, in essence, they were forced to abandon their own worldview and accept a foreign one, that regarded them as subordinate, and that they were only present, to support the interest and economy of colonist. The mentality that allowed this relationship to happen still exists among us today. It is imperative, that Indigo people pursue their own thoughts, expressions, and Communities. Our rich African languages are alive and are the mother tongue of all other languages. learning to speak multiple languages at a young age, enhances the intelligence and capacity for social interaction and successful communication. It also reduces senility in older ages.