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.