Friday, April 16, 2021

In 2020 Black Men Lost Life-Expectancy

by KenRaySun


For us Black males living in racist America it is a pervasive health problem of disproportionate premature deaths from police murders ‘Daunte Wright’ to dying from chronic diseases ‘pathology of oppression’, as Otis Brawley, MD stated:

“Black men too often pay the price with their lives in fatal police encounters. But there’s another price: their health, which is eroded by multiple societal factors over their lifespan. In aggregate, Black men have lower average life expectancy and higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes and kidney disease than white men. There are very few biological differences between people of different ethnic or racial backgrounds. Rather, race operates on a social level, showing up in how Black men are perceived and treated from violent encounters with law enforcement to the slights of colleagues and the paternalism of doctors who second-guess Black patients. Race also operates on a structural level, undergirding centuries of marginalization that leave many Black Americans with less access to healthy food, safe neighborhoods, educational and professional opportunities, and quality health care.”

Black men it is 'clear' if we accept racist oppression, then we should not expect to live long; future longevity will come as a result of 'self-determination', 'self-defense', and 'self-healing'.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Oxymoron of the Disproportionate COVID-19 Black Deaths and the Need to Smile

 by Kenny Anderson

Black folks, according to recent racial health inequities data analysis of all-cause mortality rates in the U.S. between the years 2016 – 2018 there were 74,402 excess deaths on average among Blacks compared with white people.


Moreover recent data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an estimated 39% increase in the Black−White life expectancy gap. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous death toll on us, we’ve been constantly attending funerals as 2-Pac said “death around the corner.”
For Black men this deadly virus pandemic has especially taken a toll on us! While COVID-19 has killed 1 out of every 800 African Americans, a toll that overwhelms the imagination, even more stunning is the deadly efficiency with which it has targeted young Black men.
One study using data through July found that Black people ages 35 to 44 were dying at nine times the rate of white people the same age. In an analysis appearing in ProPublica using the only reliable data at the time accounting for age, race, and gender from Michigan and Georgia, Harvard researcher Tamara Rushovich found that the COVID-19 death disparity was greatest in Black men.
Indeed the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded our cemetery culture ‘death disparities’ caused by white supremacy. Not only are Black folks 'frontlined' more exposed to contracting COVID-19, we are more exposed ‘Living While Black’ consequently more targeted to contract racist police viral murders particularly Black men.
This weekend I was very grateful to see my son visiting for 2 days; he’s a frontline health worker physical therapy doctor doing home visits in California. Yes, these pandemic times requires inspiration, appreciation, and some smiles as 2-Pac remarked again:
“There's gon' be some stuff you gon' see
That's gon' make it hard to smile in the future
But through whatever you see
Through all the rain and the pain
You gotta keep your sense of humor
You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit
Remember that! Mmm, yeah, keep ya head up!”

Friday, February 26, 2021

Black History Month: Never Designed For Black Men To Be Full Men

by KenRay SunYaru 

Prior to European colonial intervention in Africa indigenous African 'rites of passage' process was customary to transform boys into men. Once our African forefathers became economic prisoners of colonialism and forcibly brought to slave plantations in America.

The enslavement process was designed for our forefathers never to be men in the fullest sense, but dependent “child-like” men; permanently under the control of racist, white male supremacy paternalism – the “godfathers.”

In 1712, Willie Lynch, a slave-owner, produced a handbook, “How to Make a Slave,” based on “horse-breaking,” that explained the process used to break the minds, bodies, and spirits of Black people during slavery.

In his handbook Lynch described how to use “fear, distrust, envy,” and extreme brutality to debase our forefathers (the word lynching derived from his name):

“When it comes to breaking the uncivilized nigger, use the same process, but vary the degree and step up the pressure so as to do a complete reversal of the mind. Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining niggers. The next step is to take a bullwhip and beat both the remaining nigger male to the point of death in front of the female and the infant. Don't kill him. But put the fear of God in him, for he can be useful for future breeding.” 

Lynch’s book was a manual on slave-breaking 'seasoning', a list of instructions to reduce our African forefathers into ‘dehumanized niggers’; As Malcolm X said: “We were chained like animals and then we were reduced to horses, cows, and chickens.” 

Our forefathers were stripped of their African names and clothing. They were denied cultural and spiritual expressions. They were stripped of their manhood; their ability to provide and protect. They could not communicate in their native languages. Lynch understood the importance of language control:

“So you have to be careful in setting up the new language for the slave would soon be in your house, talking to you as 'man to man' and that is death to our economic system. In addition, the definition of words or terms are only a minute part of the process. Values are created and transported by communication through the body of the language. A total society has many interconnected value system. All these values in the society have bridges of language to connect them for orderly working in the society. But for these bridges, these many value systems would sharply clash and cause internal strife or civil war, the degree of the conflict being determined by the magnitude of the issues or relative opposing strength in whatever form. For example, if you put a slave in a hog pen and train him to live there and incorporate in him to value it as a way of life completely, the biggest problem you would have out of him is that he would worry you about provisions to keep the hog pen clean, or partially clean, or he might not worry you at all. On the other hand, if you put this same slave in the same hog pen and make a slip and incorporate something in his language whereby he comes to value a house more than he does his hog pen you got a problem. He will soon be in your house.” 

Indeed, freedom language was outlawed, any enslaved Black men who were caught talking or writing about freedom and equality would be killed. Nat Turner, Denmark Vessey, and Gabriel Prosser were executed for expressing their freedom to rebel. 

Only white men had the right to fully express their manhood. Only white men had the right to be fully sovereign and free. Only white men had the right to defend themselves and their interests by arms.

From slavery until today, Black men’s freedom, both civil and human rights, have been subordinate to the political and economic interests of white men! White men continue to design Black men’s sense of freedom, especially when it comes to negative freedom; as Sanyika Shakur remarked on this social engineering by design: 

”A Black thug, rogue, hoodlum, gangster or criminal is a product of circumstances prevailing in a usually controlled environment.”

Most Black men are forced to live in circumstances of high unemployment and poverty; domestic colonial conditions created by the decisions of white political and economic policy-makers. Most Black men have known nothing but negative freedom: racial oppression, economic exploitation, and social degradation. 

Most Black men experience discrimination, deprivation, and frustration daily. This sense of being slighted, denied, and thwarted is misdirected into jealousy petty rivalry, and violence; George Jackson highlighted this self-defeating behavior:

“To the Black male the losses were most tragic of  all. It will do us no good to linger over the fatalities, they’re numberless and beyond our reach. But we who have survived must eventually look at ourselves and wonder why. The competition at the bottom of the social spectrum is for symbols, honors, and objects; Black against itself.”   

Yes, it is critical for most Black men today to question why after 308 years that we are still affected by the Willie Lynch Syndrome (WLS). From my perspective there are 2 reasons: first we are still controlled externally in a neo-slavery fashion by Willie Lynch – the white male power structure; secondly, as Black men, we internally, though unconsciously self-perpetuate it through self-hating, self-limiting, self-containing, and self-destructive behaviors.

Thus the Willie Lynch Syndrome (WLS) based on “fear, distrust, and envy” remains because it is reinforced by exterior and interior forces. Willie Lynch predicted that his slave-making method would last for 300 years. 

As Black men until we become conscious of the Willie Lynch Syndrome (WLS) and break ourselves from the grip of its psychological design we will never become free and self-determining men.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Black History Month Spotlight: Our Community For the Most Part Has Become a ‘Community of Enabling’ Instead of a ‘Community of Accountability’

 by Kenny Anderson

From my perspective over the past 4 decades Black communities and families have increasingly become enabling facilitators of drug addiction that’s had a tremendous financial burden on us; billions of dollars have been lost.
Remember as you read this blog post I am not addressing how white supremacy uses drug warfare against us externally, I’m specifically addressing internally the financial costs of Black addiction.
What is Enabling Drug Addiction?
Enabling generally describes someone whose behavior allows a loved one to continue self-destructive addiction patterns of behavior. Enabling a drug addict goes much deeper than simply providing them with money or a place to stay.
Whenever you behave in a way that delays the moment where the addict is forced to confront the full gravity of the situation and responsibility then you are enabling the addiction! Some of the most common signs of enabling an addict include:
*Providing them with money to support their habit
*Providing them with shelter
*Downplaying the severity of the problem
*Providing emotional support
*Lying on their behalf to shield them from consequences
*Rationalizing their behavior or making excuses for them
*Constant forgiveness
*Not making them accountable
The worst type of enabling is when family members simply do nothing at all. When families pretend not to see such a glaring problem of addiction; they send the signal to the addict that there is nothing wrong with their behavior.
Accountability the Contrast of Enabling
Family accountability is practicing 'tough love' with addicts, putting them out of the home and keeping them out until they can demonstrate consistently being responsible and not detrimental. Self-accountability or personal accountability means that you are responsible for your choices and actions including the consequences.
Self-accountability means that you don’t subscribe to a ‘victim mentality’ don’t view yourself as a ‘victim of circumstances’; you don’t engage in the forever blame-game! In the case of drug addiction you don’t view your addiction as a ‘fatalistic disease’ of constant ‘justified relapses’.
Self-accountability means you don’t accept being an ‘enabling exploiter’, you don’t let others do what you must do for yourself! You commit to daily work ‘self-improvement’ and ‘self-discipline’ to overcome your addiction.
Drug Addiction Costs Big-Time!
Let me say simply from the get-go, addictions are expensive to maintain, and their cost increases the longer a person has them. Addictions never level out, as it becomes harder for a person to reach the same level of satisfaction, they will need to engage in addictive behaviors more and more resulting in higher expenses.
Indeed addictions are cumulative, they will cost more to maintain the longer a person has them. For example, consider smoking. A single pack of cigarettes costs around $6, although it may be more or less expensive in some areas depending on state taxes.
A person with a light nicotine addiction may smoke a pack a week. As their tolerance rises, this may double, and then triple, until they become pack-a-day smokers. At that rate, an addiction that once cost less than $25 a month to maintain can easily become a $180 per month addiction, and it's not uncommon for many chain smokers to go through more than one pack a day.
A pack-a-day smoking habit translates to around $2,160, or about 10% of a person's income at the poverty level. Considering nearly 30% of Black smokers are below the poverty level, this has a huge financial impact on people's lives; alcoholism has a huge negative financial impact too.
Regarding heroin and crack-cocaine addiction it’s way more expensive to maintain than cigarettes and alcohol.
Black Family Financing of Addictions
For the most part addicts are ‘selfish’ manipulators who don’t ‘give a fuck’ about how damaging the financial impact of their addiction is on their families: fuck y’all bills to pay for food, clothing, and shelter; I’m going to steal and pawn y’all shit on a daily so I can get high, plus I’m going to stay in this house I steal from for free! Y’all gone enable me bitch and bet not nobody say something about it!
Black addicts have no regard for others lives, I’ve witnessed enabling grandmothers, mothers, and aunties beg, plead, cry, pray, and constantly give money but it had no effect on reducing Black addicts addiction. In many cases the stressful chaotic behavior of these addicts contributed to the premature deaths of their grandmothers, mothers, and aunties who died as 'enabling martyrs'. These addicts have wreaked havoc on their families contributing to debt, divorces, dysfunctionality, and displacements.
Indeed Black addicts are ‘financial parasites’ on their families due to property theft and replacement. Over 4 decades I’ve seen family members, relatives, friends, and others who were addicts steal everything but the kitchen sinks out of their family’s homes: they stole money, computers, televisions, video games, VCR’s, CD players, stereo equipment, musical instruments, cameras, microwaves, toasters, electric can openers, electric tooth brushes, hair blow dryers, guns, jewelry, shoes, clothes, toys, bikes, furniture, food, etc.
Not only have Black families loss hundreds of millions of dollars due to thieving Black addicts; they’ve loss hundreds of millions of dollars paying for lawyers, bail, and court fees for family addicts who engage in crime. Moreover they’ve paid hundreds of millions of dollars to drug dealers to payoff drug debts. Yes many family houses have been firebombed and many family members have been murdered due to addicts drug debts.
In closing, Black folks how can we ever have internal economic development when foreign merchants extract billions of dollars out of our communities annually coupled with Black addicts causing billions of dollars in family financial hardships every year?
I say to Black communities and families in addressing family members who are addicts, we have to move from being a community of enablers to being a community of accountability.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

When White Men Stand Their Grounds For Their Rights They’re American Patriots, When Black Men Stand Our Grounds Protesting Racist Injustices We’re Criminals!

 by KenRay SunYaru

Black men were any of us shocked at how white men stormed 'their white house'? Them being received as just angry patriotic Americans exercising their rights. Black men if we were shocked it was because we forgot the 1967 words of Dr. King addressing the racist double-standard application of the law:

“When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also demand that the white man abide by law in the ghettos who flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; and he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civic services.”

Black men from my perspective this would be Malcolm X’s remarks on white nationalist male Trump supporters and other republican protestors today sieging and temporarily seizing their white house with initial and for hours minimal law enforcement interference; Malcolm would echo his words:

“No, I’m not an American. I’m one of 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So I’m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver - no, not I!”

W.E.B. DuBois stated “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Indeed from slavery 1619 to now 2021 there are 2 Americas one white, one Black ‘separate, unequal, and unjust’.

Yes Black men we’ve always been under the double-standard color line law of white supremacy and our rights beneath too, but in the post-civil rights era we’ve just been deceiving ourselves. Hopefully now with law enforcements glaring favorable treatment of white men storming the white house we get it real clear that “WHITE MALES RIGHTS MATTER and BLACK MEN’S DON’T!

Monday, December 21, 2020

A Conversation That Began About Black Boys Emotional Impairment

by Kenny Anderson

Recently I had an analytical discussion with Richard Clay regarding young Black males today whose view of life is heavily influenced by the non-sense, half-truths, conspiracy theories, and devoid of facts opinions that’s pervasive on Youtube that keeps these young brothers spinning in an illogical self-limiting ball of confusion.
Let me say this about Richard Clay before I move on with this post, he is a well-known Black community leader in Detroit; he is a solid Brother who I’ve mentored for many years both politically and in the areas of Black Male Responsibility Development and the Black Family System (Parenting). In the areas of Black Male Responsibility Development and the Black Family System Richard has carved his own influential niche; check out his book “Raised Wrong, Educated Worse” and website blackboysincrisis.com
In our investigative conversation Richard said these young Brothers were tailor-made to become a captive Youtube audience because so many of them were underdeveloped in their reading comprehension by being warehoused in the special education system so the dominant way they learn is audio-visual; they can’t read to fact check what they see, thus the only truth for them is what they subjectively see and hear.
We also discussed emotional impairment as one of the primary reasons Black boys are placed in special education. Impaired emotional functioning is defined as the student exhibits one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects educational performance: an inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers; inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances; a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
As our conversation progressed I specifically addressed the inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances and general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression that so many Black boys and young adult males exhibit. I highlighted that emotional impairment is really not about individual Black boys, it’s really about the impaired Black family unit that historically produced them through multi-generations.
Slavery the Origin of Black Emotional Impairment
Indeed slavery is the origin of the impaired Black family unit, the children who grew up in slavery were denied the most basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, protection from degrading and cruel treatment, compensation for work done, education, equality and the right to freely move around. They worked for no pay and were property that could be bought, sold, maimed or killed. When slavery was abolished in 1865 there were over 4 million Black ex-slaves in the United States, more than one million were children under the age of sixteen.
These children along with all their parents and other adults suffered from collective Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder; massively suffering from depression, trauma, anxiety, chronic stress, warped and amplified nervous systems that epigenetically became embedded in Blacks DNA ‘emotionally impaired predisposition’ passed down to this day.
I want to highlight how emotionally impaired Black children have been dealt with over periods of history from slavery to this day in most Black family units:
*Slavery 1619 to 1865 – Racist and demented slave masters who created emotionally impaired Black children ‘whipped’ or used cruel punishment’ to force the impairment out of them; most Black slave parents themselves emotionally impaired imitating the master tried either to ‘whip’ the impairment out of them or ‘pray’ it out of them.
*1865 to the 1970’s – Most Black parents themselves emotionally impaired still tried to either ‘whip’ the impairment out of Black children, ‘pray’ or ‘punish’ it out of them. However some Black mothers started to employ trying to ‘talk’ the impairment out of them because of the influence of Dr. Spock. There were also mothers who tried to ‘love’ the impairment out of their children; this love primarily became ‘enabling’ the ‘denying and support’ of self-defeating and self-destructive impaired behaviors. Also there were Black parents moreso mothers who tried to ‘buy’ emotionally impairing behavior out of their children to act right.
*1980’s to the Present – Most Black parents themselves emotionally impaired today either try to love ‘enable’, ‘drug’, ‘buy’, or ‘distract’ emotional impairment out of their children that’s created Black children who are defiant, deny or minimize bad behavior; Black children who are handicapped by over-prescribe psychotropic medications; way too many Black children are selfish and unrealistic wanting a parent(s) to be ‘caterers’ being in constant debt to purchase everything they want, they have a great sense of entitlement! Black parents are fueling an ‘electronic addiction’ pacifying their children with cell phones, tablets, and video games; they’ve become super-preoccupied junkies ‘obsessed and possessed’ by these devices.
Let me make this clear, all Black folks are dealing with ‘lesser or ‘greater’ degrees of self-sabotaging emotionally impaired behavior - the legacy of Post-Traumatic Slave Disorder that we have not addressed in ourselves nor effectively in our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Professor Joy DeGruy states that Blacks have never healed from slavery – the ‘Black Slavery Holocaust’. The original enslaved Africans were never treated for their severe trauma. After slavery ended nothing was done to help Black ex-slaves recover from trauma; nor was anything done to treat Blacks re-enslaved by Black Codes during Reconstruction.
For one hundred years (1865 – 1965) of Civil Rights struggle, no measure was put in place to provide mental health services to Blacks who had suffered from Klan terror, lynchings, racist murders, repressive Jim Crow laws, and diabolical Tuskegee Syphilis experiments.
Even in the post-Civil Rights era, most Blacks today who suffer from on-going racism, massive poverty and unemployment, homelessness, violence, drugs, and psychological duress don’t receive mental health services.
Professor Joy DeGruy says that there has never been a period of time when Blacks in America were given the information and opportunity to heal from our racial oppression-based emotional impairment injuries. So the psychopathologies have continued, passed down from generation to generation without Blacks being conscious of its origin, symptoms, and treatments.
Black folks, until we address and understand the emotional impairing nature of Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder along with engaging in ‘internal reparations’ by significantly raising our emotional intelligence and emotional management skills our family systems will continue to perpetuate emotional impairment.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Black Man's Question: Who's Our Worst Enemy?

 by Ken Ray-Sun

Black folks, unfortunately too many of us have a habit of spreading misinformation that 'we are our own worst enemy', when you 'fact check' this sentiment statement it's disproven by history.
This statement could only be true if we enslaved ourselves for 246 years (1619-1865); then systematically repressed ourselves 'Jim Crow' apartheid for another 100 years (1865-1965): a total of 346 years of oppressing and exploiting ourselves.
Furthermore since 1965 to the present (55 years) we've caused our own selves to suffer the most in the U.S. from unemployment, poverty, wealth disparity, homelessness, incarcerations, sicknesses, and deaths, again not true!
Let us be clear Black folks we haven't had the power to be our own worst enemy, only institutionalize white supremacy has had that power from past to present to be our worst enemy. Do we engage in self-divisive, self-defeating, and self-destructive behaviors absolutely!
However to equate ourselves as our own worst enemy compared to institutionalize white supremacy is like absurdly comparing a 'regular bomb' to an 'atomic nuclear bomb'! I addressed this issue of being our own worst enemy as a result of a recent conversation I had with a Black female college student doing a class project on racism and conversating with some other young adult Black females.
I asked them what did they learn about racism in their homes and they said it wasn't discussed that much, so they didn't know that much; so what did they learn: be a nice person, get good grades, go to college, get a good job, and be aware of Black men - don't trust them!
Yet they weren't told to be aware of white male supremacy enemy in all its forms and fashions; racist random white men and police who murder their grandfathers, fathers, uncles, male cousins, and friends. No, Black men our your own worst enemy, not racist white men! It's interesting you don't hear white mothers even when their divorced telling their daughters not to trust white men.
I remember listening to Malcolm X and his response to some Black men talking about how we steal from each other, Malcolm interjected saying "you can't out steal the white man, he stole a whole people from Africa."
Yes, we got to stop saying we are our own worst enemy because it's dishonest, discouraging, perpetuates distrust/disunity, and promotes a default contradiction of dependency on racism to gain racial equality.
Moreover it prevents us from knowing and preparing ourselves through self-determination to deal with our greatest enemy 'institutionalize white supremacy'.