The biggest mistakes that Black organizations have made in the past is fighting racism. Racism is a subjective and completely invisible quality that is impossible to fight.
We are no more able to change the beliefs of a racist than we are to change the stripes of a tiger. Even the most racist of white supremacists can pretend to be tolerant when they are your employer, doctor, or banker.
But behind closed doors, racism manifests itself into concrete actions that have a long lasting impact on Black wealth, health, and identity. These are the weapons that white supremacists have used since the beginning of our relationship with them to subjugate the African Diaspora.
There are 9 specific weapons that we have identified that led to the destruction of Black civilization.
Slavery, colonialism, and the aftermath of both were more than schemes to control Black bodies. These institutions were built to control the Black mind above all else.
The process used to control the Black mind is known as miseducation, otherwise defined as the cultivation of an alien identity.
The term comes to us through our Ancestor Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In his book titled The Miseducation of the Negro, he teaches us why the weapon of miseducation is so lethal to the Black psyche:
“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”
Thus, when the strong self-identity of a group is replaced by one where white is supreme, an oppressor can gain control of the behavior of that group effortlessly. To gain a deeper understanding of how miseducation is used as a weapon of white supremacy, here are three important books that you should be reading:
It can be hard to understand why whites would use interracial pregnancies to gain superiority over other groups. But history has shown us that this has been an effective strategy for both social and political control.
Whenever whites encountered Black population, rape was commonplace. The mixed race children that came out of these violent encounters became a ‘buffer class’ between the Original people and whites.
In Rwanda for instance, mixed race Tutsi’s were elevated to positions of power over the darker skinned Hutus by the Belgian colonizers. Tutsi’s had access to leadership opportunities in government, education, and business. The darker skinned Hutus were barred from such positions, and used as a slave labor force.
In India, native Black populations were placed at the very bottom of the caste system by British colonizers. Members of other castes refused to so much as touch an item that had been handled by Black hands. This caste came to be known as the ‘Untouchables’, and remain disenfranchised to this day.
In other parts of the world, miscegenation was used to wipe out the Black population altogether: Some areas of Argentina were more than 50 percent Black in 1818, the year that slavery in that country was abolished. Fast forward to 2018 and Argentina is 97 percent white, thereby making it the “whitest” nation in Latin America.
Where did all of the Blacks go?
Historians generally attribute the sudden “mass disappearance” of black Africans from the country to the deadly war against Paraguay from 1865-1870 where thousands of Blacks fought on the frontlines for the Argentine military.
The heavy casualties suffered by black Argentines in military combat created a huge gender gap among the African population – a circumstance that appears to have led black women to mate with whites, further diluting the black population.
That is how miscegenation – or the mixing of the races – is used as a weapon of white supremacy.
Using murder as a weapon of white supremacy is both a physical and a psychological weapon. Here is how:
When a murder victim is killed by white supremacists, the victim is held up as an example of what happens when the system is challenged.
Charles Deslones led one of the most successful slave rebellions in American history. Eventually, he was captured and a witness described his execution as having his hands chopped off, “then shot in one thigh & then the other, until they were both broken – then shot in the Body and before he had expired was put into a bundle of straw and roasted!” His cries under the torture could intimidate other escaped slaves in the marshes. The following day [other slaves] were captured, killed, and their heads hacked off… The heads were displayed as a warning to other slaves.
Today, when Blacks witness the murders of their men, women, and children in the streets, instead of rising up in righteous rebellion, they come to fear for their own lives and keep their heads down.
Such is the power of murder as a weapon of white supremacy. It can stop uprisings before they even begin.
Prosecution is the use of law, policies, and statutes to target and punish a specific group. Prosecution takes many forms, including:
- Using school policy to target and expel Black students
- Using policies like ‘stop and frisk’ to target Black pedestrians and drivers
- Firing Black employees for hairstyles that violate employment policies
- Using harsh sentences against Black defendants under the cover of deterrent sentencing
There is overwhelming evidence that Black men, women, and children have been disproportionately targeted and prosecuted. Much like apartheid in South Africa, this system has created a permanent underclass where Black victims are limited in their employment opportunities and ability to fully participate in the political process.
In her book The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander exposes how the U.S. criminal justice system is used as a system of racial control. If you truly want to understand the depths of this weapon, her book is required reading.
Prosecution is a quiet weapon used in the silent war against Blacks.
Eugenics as a weapon of white supremacy targets and destroys the means of reproduction in Black populations. Secret mass sterilization campaigns, forced sterilization of Black patients, and encouraging abortions have all been used to stop Black population growth.
For example, In 2014 doctors from the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association discovered that the tetanus vaccinations that had been administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF had been contaminated with the anti-fertility hormone hCG.
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone produced naturally in pregnancy to encourage the development of the growing fetus. However, when hCG is combined with the tetanus toxoid carrier in tetanus vaccinations, it causes a pregnant woman to produce antibodies against the pregnancy and leads her to miscarry.
In September of 2017 APA News in Kenya reported that at least 500,000 young girls and women may be infertile, following a tetanus vaccine administered by the government in 2014 and 2015: “Today, we can confirm to the country that the Catholic Church was right.
Hundreds of thousands of our girls and women, aged between 14 and 49, from the fastest growing populations in the country will not have children, because of the state-sponsored sterilization that was sold to the country as tetanus vaccination,” – Source
Maafa 21 does such an excellent job at exposing eugenics that it is required viewing for every member of our organization. You can watch the entire documentary below.
Fraud targets Black consumers, erodes Black wealth, and keeps its victims dependent and insolvent.
Fraud works by paying Blacks less than their white counterparts, and by charging Blacks more for the same products and services. There is a plethora of examples of institutions defrauding Black communities.
From 2004 to 2009, Wells Fargo charged higher loan rates for minority borrowers than for whites with similar credit histories. From 1983 to 2010, average family wealth for Black households was six times less than white households.
And according to this report from the Consumer Federation of America, good drivers living in Black neighborhoods pay more on car insurance than similar drivers living in mostly white neighborhoods do. And thats regardless of driving history, population density, and income.
When you factor in income, things get worse. Upper-middle income Black drivers have insurance premiums that are 194% higher than similarly-earning white ZIP codes.
That’s a difference between $2,113 vs. $717, respectively.
White supremacists use infection as a weapon by exposing Black populations to disease using quarantine, biological warfare, or by medical experimentation.
By intentionally infecting a group of people with disease, white supremacists can let nature kill of its enemies. And this strategy is nothing new.
When white settlers arrived in the New World, they would trade smallpox infested blankets for food from the native Americans. The settlers would get food and the land of the recently diseased native Black and Brown people.
This strategy was so effective in the past that diseases often traveled faster than the European explorers. The Mexican population went from 20 million in 1520 to 1.6 million in 1620 – all thanks to white diseases.
From 1932 to 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service invited African-American men to receive free health care from the government. Instead of getting free health care, these healthy men were infected with syphilis to study its effects.
Around the same time, Black children were exposed to government sponsored radiation experiments that killed most of them and leaving the survivors with permanently disfigured bodies.
At the age of 5, Vertus Hardiman wasone of hundreds of Black children exposed to lethal doses of radiation during a United States government experiment, leaving him permanently disfigured.
During the apartheid regime, South African scientists confessed that the government tried to develop a bacteria that would kill only Blacks. The former head of a military research laboratory, Daan Goosen, told the commission that the project had the backing of the Surgeon General who described it as “the most important project in the country.”
Goosen also said he had discussed the possibility of killing Nelson Madela through the use of cancer causing substances.
We know that the U.S. military has studied Ebola “as a potential biological weapon” since the 1970s. From the Navy Times:
“Filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon since the late 1970s, mainly because Ebola and its fellow viruses have high mortality rates — in the current outbreak, roughly 60 percent to 72 percent of those who have contracted the disease have died — and its stable nature in aerosol make it attractive as a potential biological weapon.”
We also know that researchers were on the ground for several years in the same areas where Ebola outbreaks started. When asked why they were there, the stated purposes of their research was to study “the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons”.
Have you ever wondered why there is a liquor store on every corner in Black neighborhoods? Or why it’s so hard to find fresh food at grocery stores in Black areas? Or why Black communities are located in or near factories and industrial wastelands?
Intoxication targets the health and wellness of Black communities by creating a scarcity of whole food, clean water, and fresh air. At the same time, toxic substances are made readily available.
Black communities are filled with fast food restaurants that serve genetically modified, nutritionally empty, sugary, salty, fat-fried toxic food-like substances.
In 19 U.S. states, Blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to live in neighborhoods with dangerous levels of air pollution.
Black homes are contaminated with lead and cancer causing waste from nearby industrial zones. Take the 97 percent Black population of North Richmond, California for example. The people there live within a ring of five oil refineries, three chemical plants, and eight Superfund sites.
These examples are not rare, and they are not accidental. White city planners intentionally segregate Black populations and, in the process, expose them to the voluntary and involuntary consumption of harmful food, water, and air.
Integration – also called assimilation – is the process by which ones culture comes to resemble that of another’s.
At first glance, integration might seem to be a positive indicator of Black progress. After all, integration is what our ancestors fought for during the Civil Rights struggles of the 50s and 60s.
But hindsight is 20/20.
We now see that by abandoning our communities, we have lost institutions that serve as the economic and social foundation of Black life.
By highjacking the Civil Rights movement and giving Blacks integrated public facilities, white supremacists were able to destroy the Black community without firing a shot.
Studying the weapons of white supremacy gives us more than just an understanding of how they work. We are also able to develop strategies to avoid the traps laid out before us.
Racism is a vague concept and hard to identify, but it’s easy to see the physical evidence left behind by eugenics programs, fraud, and murder. So if the Black Conscious community is to evolve beyond protesting and grievances, then its time stop fighting racism and focus our fight on the weapons of white supremacy.