Once again it is BlackLit101’s post’s that is the catalyst for the formation of these posts concerning education and it’s effect on young learners. We were, at sometime in our lives those young learners, being molded by public education. Public education in the U.S. was never instituted to uplift and develop the minds of it’s students in such a way as to make them free to actually learn. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence said “Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property.[slave?] Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it.” At this time most of the signer’s of the Declaration of Independence were landowners and slave holders.
Certainly, on July 4th, 1776, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a large portion of the Black population in the Americas were being held by these landowners such as Benjamin Rush as slaves and would probably not have been in the pursuit of educating their slaves. Ten years later in 1786, Rush introduced a plan for public education to meet the needs of a republic as they envisioned a republican government should be. Massachusetts became the first state to institute compulsory education circa 1850, in which the literacy rate was at 98%, and probably this percentage included very few Black people if any at all. Since much of the Black population was enslaved, then it stands to reason that Rush and other public school proponents were in the business of mentally enslaving their own kind first and foremost “Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property…” But, once the Black slaves were emancipated they too had to become part of this same educational scheme that had already been enforced upon whites and free Blacks.
"I wish to see a supreme regard to their country inculcated upon them” Rush writes clearly stating public education was a tool to control and not to free the minds of the youth and still nothing has changed but the emerging concepts to be implemented every few decades as school curricula. Keeping this in mind it should become clear that we should evaluate our own thought processes when it comes to believing the concept of white supremacy as the primary problem of Black people in North America. Should we not consider that the majority of owners, board members, and major share holders of corporations, specifically pharmaceutical companies are white men and would be major players in stirring the white supremacist’s pot? So,then, we need to question why we allow ourselves to physically deteriorate to a point of having to take their pharmaceutical concoctions on a daily or an hourly basis. Why then [again] poison their own kind if white supremacy were their mission?
The food supply being tainted, purposely tainted, is affecting the total population and simply more Black people are affected by the manipulation of food supplied to grocery stores in the States. S.A.D., the Standard American Diet is not based on a diet that would be best suited for the Black woman and man living in North America. Our physical make up demands another form of dietary regimen for our optimum health. And, most dis-ease is developed by consuming the GMO, RBGH, heavily vacinated products sold as food. Public education has played a huge part in how we think about what we think concerning consuming proper food for our bodies. Dr. Sebi plainly states that “…when they brought the African to the Americas, did they bring his diet?” Clearly no, and those of the knowledge that we are the aboriginal people of the Americas can ask ourselves if we are eating the dietary regimen of our aboriginal American ancestors. This is where we can begin to overturn the teachings of the elite and revolt by taking our own health into our own hands and begin to eat in the way of our ancestors.
Elitism only uses the idea of white supremacy as a vehicle on those that will not allow themselves to see that even if racism was over today we would still remain with poor health based on consuming the SAD, poor money handling skills, and a poor sense of who we are. It is nonsensical to proclaim the white man is destroying us via white supremacy when on the other hand we continue to subject ourselves to his medications that in fact work hand in hand with the public school systems. This is evidenced by the prescribing of Ritalin and the like base on reports from teachers in the public school system. Understand that the Health Care initiative by president Barack Obama does not boost your personal health it only and truly serves to benefit another of the elite’s corporate machine.
Rachelle AKA BlackLit101 wrote two excellent posts over at the blog with Eurocentric Brainwash: The Bain of Black Existence In North America and Eurocentric Brainwash: We Simply Don’t Need Your Sensitivity. Rachelle laments that “Although we’ve been “physically free” for almost 200 years, through using systematic colonization tactics in North America, Black people are largely still in bondage of the most dangerous form; Mental slavery.” She goes on to say that “Currently, it is the schools that are majorly responsible for socializing, instilling values, moralizing and instructing Black learners.” I get from this that we are actually being oppressed by the culture of another group, foreigners that came several centuries ago to the shores of the Americas and began to overwhelm our people with a deceptive culture of lying and subversion.
Brotha Asa added on to BlackLit101’s subject matter honing in on her assertion that “…it is the schools that are majorly responsible for socializing, instilling values, moralizing…Black learners.” Asa in his post From Mis-Education To Self Education: Taking Responsibility For Our Mental Freedom relates a conversation he was having with a friend and responds to the friend with “Why as a people should we again… go with our hand out… and
beg demand that the “white man” teach ourchildren about our history!?” Asa, big up, why go and beg the government for something we can do? Lack of drive, fear and most of all lack of knowledge are the main reasons we are not doing more in the home school arena. That, however, is not an excuse. In the States there are several groups that are home schooling their children. In July 2000 Joyce and Eric Burges started the National Black Home Educators Resource Association in Baker Louisiana. Approximately 50,000 Black/African Americans are being home schooled, which is a stat from 2011. The numbers could have grown since then. How then do we move this mentality from; (1) the belief in white supremacy and (2) like the homeschoolers, move away from taking the government’s pharmaceutical medicine.
I have wondered if we are aware how deeply this idea of white supremacy is entrenched in our thoughts that we only relate it to overt forms of racism, or the lack of teaching our children about our heroes in government schools? White supremacy, as we all know, does not stop in the government schools, the courts and jails, but also exists in the medical world. Do we think that we simply are ok and white supremacy stops at the hospital’s front door when we go? One place we can immediately combat white supremacy is within our own bodies. In 2010 12.9 percent of Black people vs 7.6 percent of whites were diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes (type II) is developed in the body, not contracted as one would catch a cold virus. There has been an overall increase in the development of Type II diabetes in the U.S. since 1990 but, Blacks in the States numbers have increased more than any other group.
Two things come to mind here for me. The first is that Black people in the States (this includes Puerto Rico and D.C.) are more affected in this increase, yet so are all other “racial” groups here developing diabetes to unprecedented levels. The second, is that if this is the work of white supremacy, they are sacrificing a lot of their own. Type II diabetes is directly related to one’s eating habits. What are the victims of the diabetes epidemic eating in common? SAD. Standard American Diet. All racial groups are eating in the culture of the States. The eating of processed food and animal products are the main feed stuffs people consume in this culture. All races are participating in this culture of fast heating and eating. Quick burgers and fries, tacos and burritos, naming only a few of the culprits. But, Black people here are falling more heavily to the diabetes after effect of this eating style. So, then is white supremacy purposefully targeting Blacks? Or are Black people ignoring proper eating for our Black bodies? Are we not studying ourselves and our bodies to know that we cannot and should not eat on the same level as whiter skinned people.
If white supremacy is the culture of whites being better or greater than all the darker skinned people on the planet, they sure don’t seem to mind killing those of the same skin hue. But, we have a choice. Like the Black homeschoolers have chosen to do and teach their children at home, then we too, should choose to learn to eat like our ancestors, study what they ate and what is comparable to their diet. Or, we can continue to eat like the U.S. culture of eating the most meat in the world, eating more than any European country each year. We need to work from our own kitchens right now and start the fight against white supremacy today. No waiting.
The cadeuces is a symbol of commerce and not health.
It’s so unfortunate that we are living in a world that dictates that the rich will exploit the poor or let me be clearer. The richer classes will exploit the economic classes lower on the economic rung. Eddie Murphy released a single featuring Snoop Dogg now calling himself Snoop Lion. Red light as Mr. Murphy named the tune, is a song that only hints as some sort of social consciousness. The less than meaningful lyrics sung by the song writer himself, Eddie Murphy are a slap (slap one) in the face of people not fortunate enough to live a Beverly Hills lifestyle. Murphy sings “Broken economy, the streets are dire, even more than before. I need some betterness to take me higher feels like I’m gonna blow…” For a man that doesn’t live a life under the same economic conditions as most of the people in the world that will buy his tune, should steer clear of speaking in the first person. He hasn’t had to concern himself with how much he can afford to spend on food versus medicine or medicine versus heating his house on a cold winter’s night.
Nor will the soldiers come to his door and knock knock knock on Beverly Hills mansion door. “It won’t be long til the military come knock knock knock on your door.” What military would he be speaking of anyway? Murphy says “That's about how crazy sh*t is, how long before the f**king cops show up, motherf**kers show up beating on your door. No place to run, here your karma come.” I suppose we should ascertain that the reason the mf’s (military?) are coming to our door is because we have done something wrong because he says in the lyrics ‘no place to run, here your Karma come.’ These meely mouthed lyrics are passé at best and downright insulting our intelligence at worst.
When asked how Snoop Dogg got involved Murphy said “Yo, if he’s Snoop Lion now, he can jump on this track because I wanted to have a rapper on it.” “It was perfect, he’s Snoop Lion, I got this reggae track. It was like it was meant to be” (slap two.) At one point during the interview Brian Hiatt who interviewed Murphy for Rolling Stone said “It feels like a pretty legitimate song to me, if people refuse to recognize that…” Murphy responds “Yeah, you’re just hatin’.” “Just be hatin’.” Look who’s judging the legitimacy of a “reggae” song. Look who’s cosigning this mess of a tune. If Mr. Murphy was really interested in turning out a relevant and a more authentic sound, Snoop Lion would not have been his first choice. It would feel much more legitimate if he would have brought in a DJ/SingJay like I Wayne, or Chuck Fenda, But, really, the best choice would have been Shabba Ranks for this track. Shabba did for Dancehall what Bob Marley did for the foundation sound Reggae. Shabba could have really taken this song higher. Shabba Ranks put Dancehall on the world map. Even the mention of the Dancehall genre to most non Jamaicans renders the name Shabba Ranks.
So, I question the legitimacy Brian Hiatt’s opinion of the song. Without a Jamaican on the track to give that authentic sound to it, then it ain’t legitimate. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying a Jamaican must be on the song but, at least some one that has surrounded themselves with the people of the island and has lived the culture as much as anyone can that is not of the culture much as the former background singer for Black Uhuru, the late Sandra “Puma” Jones of Columbia, South Carolina. Or, someone that has lived on the island to really live the true lifestyle of everyday Jamaicans, much as Mortimer “Natural Black” Softley of Georgetown, Guyana has done. Otherwise what Murphy is doing legitimizes Shabba’s stance for not attending the BET awards performance (though Shabba has ample evidence without Murphy’s exploits) by Reggae and Dancehall artists’. Much worse, Murphy being a very wealthy Black man in America could give rise to another outlet for Jamaicans to work and perform with someone that looks like them rather than having to run to Japan for promotion.
The pale faced thinkers of Black Entertainment Television, which by the way ain’t Black no more, decided to group all the Reggae and Dancehall artists on the stage at the same time and invited the GRAMMY award winning Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, known to the world as Shabba Ranks to perform alongside the other Jamaican artists. You see how the pale faced thinkers move? They put all the Jamaican artists on the stage together at one time as if Reggae/Dancehall is not the powerful musical force that it has become and is a major player in Black music world wide. In fact, when we look around the world, whether it be Asia, Africa or Europe most people want to immolate Black American or Jamaican artists in music, dress and language.
Eddie Murphy has an opportunity to create a movement the music industry has attempted to stamp out. Murphy could be a catalyst for artists that have been quashed like Diana King who sings in a style that flows from Jamaican Patwa to Merican (my word for Black American speech) and back to Patwa. And, Jason Harrow known the the world as Kardinal Offishall that raps from Patwa and Merican over Hip Hop beats and Dancehall riddims. Not to mention the countless collaborations that have been produced by Black American and Jamaican artists that never get aired on either “urban” or Jamaican radio stations. Instead, Murphy proves that no matter your skin color if the mind thinks like the pale face we will continue to hold ourselves back. No need for the pale ones to do that anymore.