Sunday, February 22, 2009

Healing From Maafa Syndrome

Sunday, Friday, February 22, 2009

Healing from ‘Mental Enslavement’ Known as 

Maafa Syndrome

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 inequity. racist leadership, Police homicide and brutality, supremacy systems, spite, hate criminals, and terrorists. We still live in enemy territory, among an apathetic and insensitive people, under a state of "white" supremacy, racial profiling, stereotyping and terrorism.

Yet, unlike, the Native American, Jew, Chinese, and Japanese nations, etc., no  outside national 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.


I 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.

2. What Kind of Clothes Do You Wear?

Fashion has always played an important role in African culture. The styles, patterns, and weaves of clothing often held spiritual and mythical significance. In addition, some of the most beautiful garments in the world were crafted by the hands of African crafters. Many of them brought their skills to the Americas, like leather craft, Indigo dye, and even Patchwork Quilting. These skills were often exploited as another source of income for those who incarcerated people of African Descent.

Black people obviously were not able to wear their traditional garments under captivity. Instead, they were provided European styled rags of clothing, often the cheapest and least durable available.

Today, for the most part, Black people have held on to their instinct for elaborate fashion, but for many, Black people have been colonized in their thinking through plagiarized, and alien religious beliefs of Aryan, Asians, and Europeans. So traditional African clothing is thought of as strange and undesirable as Europeans perceived it hundreds of years ago. In addition, we are loyal to clothing brands originating outside our communities. These Artificial polyesters and acrylic fabrics are very toxic and dehydrating on our skin and hair.

We must return to our own industry and production, growing and processing our own Cotton, Flax, Hemp, Indigo, Wool and Leather.

3. What Names Do You Answer To? 

After Indigo people were kidnapped from their lands in America or brought to the Americas from Africa, they had to continue to endure terrorism and a number of brutal crimes against them. One was being stripped of the names they were given in their native languages and communities. This forced abandonment of their family and heritage destroyed a vital link that tied people of African descent to their countries of origin and disconnected them from their cultural history that dated back further than that of their enslavers.
Rather than being called by the traditional and beautiful names that recorded who they were and where they were from, Africans were given names that presented them as property. I recall the infamous scene when Kunta Kente was beaten until he excepted the name "Toby." If there were more than one slave with the same name in any given group, they were assigned various identifiers such as “little” or “big,” so each would know who was being called for.

Since slavery was officially abolished, some Blacks have shed the European names that were once forced upon them and have adopted African Names.

4. What Food Do You Eat?

During the Trans Atlantic War, those who incarcerated our people as prisoners of war would work captured Africans with long work hours, cramped quarters and harsh punishments. They lived their lives from day to day in desperation and hunger. They were stripped of their cultural ties, sunshine, and tropical nutrients.

When a pig was slaughtered, the entrails, feet, hide, and head “from the rooter to the tooter” was all that was left. This included pig’s feet, skin- Cracklins, and intestines- chitterlings. In modern times, people still partake of this type of food, even though it has been determined to be unhealthy.

The Traditional diet of people of African descent was predominantly Mediterranean, and rich with tropical fruits and vegetables.

5. Can You Name One African Spiritual System?

Catholics, Christians, Islamic, and Jews sanctioned the enslavement and Christian/Islam Indoctrination of people of African descent. In the process, African peoples were forced to abandon their own spiritual systems, to adopt the European version of Christianity and Aryan Islam.

Africans had their own religions and concepts of God. Today many of the fears and negative feelings we have towards spiritual systems of our ancestors are a direct result of the anti-African ideology, that was taught and harshly enforced on the plantations.

One of the most egregious acts committed by the racist system of religious thought was the formation of the image of a caucasian man as the ‘son’ of God and later transformed as God in the flesh and spirit. This caucasian male image, which is referred to as "Christ" and is still worshiped by many ethnic African Diaspora cultures of people around the world today, helps to foster a belief that implies that the Caucasian man is white, innocent, just, perfect, good, supreme and the only source of blessings.

We must apply the principles of MAAT!

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