Tagged: mental slavery

“A video of the rapper Kanye West discussing slavery is a sad reminder of America’s historical amnesia about the brutal realities of that institution. ‘When you hear about slavery for 400 years,’ he said in the clip, which was widely circulated on Twitter, ‘that sounds like a choice.’ Mr. West seemed to suggest that enslaved African-Americans were so content that they did not actively resist their bondage, and, as a result, they bear some responsibility for centuries of persecution. He’s not alone in his thinking. In 2016, the former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asserted that slaves were ‘well fed and had decent lodgings.’ Last September, the Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore deemed the antebellum era the last great period in American history. ‘I think it was great at the time when families were united,’ he declared. ‘Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another.’ Modern scholarship has debunked such whitewashing, accurately depicting slavery as an inhumane institution rooted in greed and the violent subjugation of millions of African-Americans.”

Source: Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts. “The Historian Behind Slaver Apologists Like Kanye West.” The New York Times. May 3, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/opinion/the-historian-behind-slavery-apologists-like-kanye-west.html.

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“In United States court decisions, the defendant has been required to give up the unjust enrichment, including gains later made from it. For example, these decisions do not generally permit a thief’s children to benefit from the father’s theft. ‘[I]f a thief steals so that his children may live in luxury and the law returns his ill-gotten gain to its rightful owner, the children cannot complain that they have been deprived of what they did not own.’”

Source: Joe Feagin, Documenting the Costs of Slavery, Segregation and Contemporary Racism. Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. pg. 50. 2004. (quoting Patricia J. Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights 101 (1991)).

“Enormous amounts of African resources, including great human resources, and much socioeconomic development had been sacrificed to make European countries very wealthy. There is a similar connection between the great immiseration of African Americans and the enrichment and prosperity of most European Americans. Over several centuries, most whites, as individuals and families, have benefited handsomely from anti-black oppression and the transmission of ill-gotten wealth and privilege from one generation to the next. Today, the relative prosperity, long life expectancies, and high standard of living of white Americans are significantly rooted in centuries of exploitation and impoverishment of African Americans and other Americans of color.”

Source: Joe Feagin, Documenting the Costs of Slavery, Segregation and Contemporary Racism. Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. pg. 50. 2004.

Beyoncé channels Yoruba Goddess Oshun.

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I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!

Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.

I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.

More pics from her performance are below:

“[A]s many wisdom traditions believe, when performing at its ultimate capacity, the pineal gland releases important biochemicals such as Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a.k.a. ‘the spirit molecule’ which is a prime catalyst for higher states of consciousness, intuition, and even possibly the experience of universal consciousness otherwise known as enlightenment.”

Source: Bess O’Connor. “How to Decalcify and Activate the Pineal Gland.” Spirituality & Health. June 22, 2015.  http://spiritualityhealth.com/blog/bess-oconnor/how-decalcify-and-activate-pineal-gland.

our ancestors were NOT slaves — they were PRISONERS OF WAR!!

Source: Dr. Edward Robinson. 

spent my birthday re-exploring the African exhibits at the Met.

The two exhibits I visited in particular were the “Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas” and “Egyptian Art.” Both were very nice. Check out the pics below:

“Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas”:

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“Egyptian Art””

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The problem I have with the Met, is that they separated these two exhibits as if Egypt is not a part of black Africa. All of the stolen artifacts in the “Eyptian Art” exhibit show the ancient Egyptians to be dark-skinned (although the museum has decided to place some non-black figures in the entrance that don’t belong there) just like Africans all over the continent. This is just another example of cultural genocide.Smdh.