What the Hell is Wrong With Black People?

CNN did a piece a few days ago entitled “The Importance of Belonging.” In it, the author, Amanda Enayati, explains the following research finding: The broad species that is called “human” is so innately, biologically social that when one feels— or in the case of black people, knows— that he/she is not included in a group, it powerfully degrades physical and mental health, motivation, persistence at difficult tasks, even intelligence. Enayati says that, “even a single instance of exclusion can undermine well-being, IQ test performance and self-control.”

A SINGLE instance?
SINGLE…………………………………………… x all day long x 365/yr x the years of existence of a black person.

So, are black people stupid, lazy, and childishly impulsive? And, would IQ tests administered in all kinds of situations validate that judgement? (Well, if there are any black people who do not yet know they exist on a planet draped in anti-blackness, they have never sat for an IQ test that was more than comically designed. By the time the white folks figure out how to communicate with such persons, well…ya know.)

The CNN article describes a 45 minute exercise that is designed to counteract a sense of non-belonging said to have cut in half the achievement gap between black and white college students from freshman to senior year. All that in 45 minutes? People sure are resilient, aren’t they?

By far, far, far, black people are the most resilient of all. Aren’t we? Is there a standardized test for that?

Given this research and that explained in the works of black scholars like Nancy Turner Banks, it is clear to me that just white folks forcing themselves next to us hundreds of years ago was, in itself, a genocidal act. And, since they now have control of the entire planet, there’s no place that is not next to them. Is there any wonder why television and just generally being in the presence of non-black people is so damaging for black people? Can there be any doubt why that thing called “integration” was so devastating?

And, don’t get it twisted. Many, many— if not most black people— knew that “desegregation” was a way-wrongheaded tactic before that cannon was ever loaded. Some of us today think black folks of that generation were so simpleminded and so under white folks’ hypnotic spell that they were craving sitting next to white folks like a chain-smoker visiting a hospital burn unit. But, nah, that whole “integration movement” was a result of white people muscling us and was strongly opposed by the black folks in the 1950s who kicked off that second period of racial “reconstruction” in this part of the world.

There was a 1951 protest by black high school students in Prince Edward County, Virginia that kicked off all of that pushing into schools, buses, lunch counters, etc. with white folks. It was led by Barbara Johns, the niece of Vernon Johns. Vernon Johns was, at that time, the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the meeting place of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott just after Martin Luther King, Jr. took over the pastorate. In 1951, the students were pleading with white folks for separate but equal school facilities. They weren’t getting anywhere with their appeals to the local school board so they organized a school walk-out. Then came a request for legal help from the white-run NAACP headquarters. (The NAACP did not elect a black president until 1975.) NAACP HQ sent a lawyer that people actually had to be told was a black person and another black lawyer to explain to the group that the only way the NAACP legal team would be able to “help” them was if they dropped their demands for equal facilities and, instead, petitioned the court to attend the all-white schools in the area. And, that was the most heated conflict of the theretofore unified group of black students, parents and supporters. The group almost didn’t go for it. It was hotly debated. The true story will probably never be told as to how white folks got their way on that.

A distaste for “integration” is not some super-astute nouveau negro analysis of white domination. Average black folks were up on it before that “all deliberate speed” Brown v. Board ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court ever got inked. But, still, black folks were out-muscled. Mafia style, no doubt, just like today. Can’t be a “just-so-happened” that Vernon Johns was ousted from the pulpit at Dexter Avenue some months after the student protest in Virgina. The church finally settled on the young guy with a well-known name in Atlanta. In 1954, Martin Luther King, Jr. took over leadership of a congregation that had heard Johns rail against white terror domination for five years. The white dominators gave Dr. King 14 years then blew a hole through his neck.

But, we’re resilient. Resilient enough to get smart enough to outsmart these terrorists. It is said that good fences make good neighbors. Effective defenses defang dangerous neighbors. First, get away from them to the greatest extent possible. The time needs to come, and soon, that they offer to pay us to put a television in our residence.

You don’t take blood money.


12 Responses to “What the Hell is Wrong With Black People?”

  1. Reblogged this on nomasons and commented:
    ha ha, Cree uses the same theme as WORDGASMS. Moving on to something more constructive, when I read this I think back to Jane Elliotts studies from the 80’s onward, which explore the experience of exclusion and domination among people subjected to these horrors. Put this in the context of the black-gited perspective and you have “whammy” overload.

  2. Very Good article!

    I support and promote segregration to the fullest. The best thing that ever happened to me was my leaving the “white world of friendship” behind me.

    If you get a chance, on my blog, please read:
    Why I no longer keep white friends.

  3. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    Like I said, til I watched the video “all Deliberate Speed” on Netflix about 5 years ago, I did not know either.

    Thanks for that link, Trelee. I’m always excited to learn what the day has for me. Dr Coleman is the ISH!!! Thanks for bringin’ it and sharing your thoughts.
    Sometimes I ave moments that don’t match what Fuller often says. That is, in those moments (that aren’t that rare), I do have great affection and admiration generally for black people.

  4. Hi CREE;
    Very informative article.
    I never knew that this was something BP never wanted to happen. I was watching a video the other day and was so impressed by how the brother was so passionate on teaching the students. If only our schooling would have day in house or taught by our very own, that our development would probably have a different outcome.

    Thanks for the post and here’s a link to the video I watched.


  5. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    Here’s a link to the transcript of that interview with John Stokes talking about the ultimatum of “integration” or no legal help from the NAACP and their resistance to it. I have some video footage of it to prove that this transcript is faithful but it’s in a pretty inaccessible format (vob). So, I’m working on converting the format. but. here’s the transcript.


  6. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    Thank you for such and informative and encouraging reply, Pam. I will be spending the rest of the afternoon trying to get the interview of John Stokes, the co-leader with Barbara Johns uploaded to as many video sites as possible. The most significant portion of it used to be in a documentary available on Netflix. Now, I cannot find that documentary even mentioned anywhere on the web. But, I have that interview, and I want to get it uploaded before they devise some way to wrestle it from my computer….Thanks so much for all you do. And, for the record, I was also one of the wrong-headed until I saw that interview.

  7. Wow, Cree….

    I didn’t know about this resistance. I am one of those wrong-headed people that thought black people had mistakenly sought integration instead of equal facilities.

    This is such important information, I wish we would have included it in the “Trojan Horse: Death of a Dark Nation” book — and we would have, had we known about it.

    We will definitely ask your permission to include an excerpt from this blog post in our next book — which covers the topic of anti-blackness.

    Integration/assimilation is one of the cornerstones of anti-blackness and white identification and black self-hatred because it equates CLOSENESS with white people (who are mistreating you) with a SUPERIOR learning and living and loving environment. Huh?

    How can there be any room for black self-love and black self-respect in a message like that???

    I plan on sharing the link to your blog — especially this post — and hope other victims will read and share it — and internalize it.

    At some point, the horses being led to water must be willing to drink or they will die of thirst.

    Information is plentiful AND most of it is free via blogs (like this one) and websites (like counter-racism.com) and books (like ours and so many others), and programs (like COWS), and lecturers/speakers (like Dr. Welsing and Mr. Fuller, Jr) and even free videos (like youtube).

    Anyone black who is searching for truth (and a reason to continue their existence in this debilitating system) only has to make the effort. Our most difficult job is to get more people (and ourselves as well) to make a stronger effort.

    Thanks so much for your significant contributions to opening our eyes!

  8. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    My elders told me the same things, Syn-Q. But, I didn’t know the whole story either. I have video of an interview with the co-leader of the Prince George County student strike, John Stokes, in which he talks about that offer from the NAACP. I’m going to upload it several places online. I had no idea before I saw it myself. I was stunned.

  9. I wish I had been home schooled, and I wish I had done the same for my own children. Schools are torture chambers.
    I was tortured at black schools for being a light skinned black girl. Then tortured at white schools for being a black girl.

    Some kids are not going to be able to escape this no matter what school they go to, because no one will let us fit in.

  10. I have said this many times before and maybe I even said it here, the fact that we are even still around and able to carry on a somewhat normal existence, is testament to at least what kinda people we be.

    Ms. Cree very good article and I just got hipped to somethings I didn’t know in any amount of detail. That NAACP hijacking of a movement that could have lead to, should have lead to two separate and equal societies. That makes so much sense now looking back. And the ouster Vernon Johns was key. I heard that Dr. King was not the person that we taught about in the history books and I don’t mean the Gay Edger Hoover’s version either. It seems Dr. King knew he was surrounded by Black and white snakes alike.

    My father told me a long time ago that the two worst things that EVER happened to Black people were the church and integration. We see what kinda damage both have had on a people and I really don’t wanna hog Ms. Cree’s blog with a screed on either, but we know.

    What did amaze me about this article was the first part. I don’t have cable so CNN is something I’ll have to catch online. I gotta see that program. 45mins.? But didn’t we know these things deep in our souls and soles?

    Thank you Ms. Cree, again, very good.

  11. Constructive article CREE. Although, I was aware of “Black” people wanting to improve the conditions at the schools that they attended, instead of wanting to go to all “White” schools, I didn’t know that situation went down like that. My elders who attended schools in the south doing the 40’s and 50’s, stated to me that the main thing that they wanted were material that would help them improve their education. For example the textbooks that they would receive were hand-me-downs from the all “White” schools. A lot of the books would be damaged. My mother spoke of one that she received, which was missing pages, and had hand writing in it that said “this book is for you nigger”.

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