Pseudoscience as a symptom of white supremacy amongst Afrikan people
Feb 7th 2017, I was reading the great Egungun(distinguished ancestor) book, Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness. I came to page 84 where he was discussing compensation in relation to Eurocentric political dogmatism. Amos Wilson discusses how the system of white supremacy is projected on Afrikan people in Amerikkka. He goes on to explain that this projection travels into the socioeconomic structure that creates negative self perceptions and frustrations. This system breeds mental problems. Amos Wilson goes on to discuss studying history for the wrong reasons. The ache of inferiority that doesn’t go away. Are we studying history to educate our people or to satisfy our over inflated egos (Wilson 2014).
That’s when it hit me; Pseudoscience is a symptom of white supremacy and some of us in the community are only in the conscious community for status or some type of social media fame. After this epiphany it left me to ponder the following question: What about the rest of the Afrikans that have fallen victim to pseudoscience? What about the ones that really care about their people? We already know that their method is flawed, but why does it seem like most of Afrikan people’s methods are flawed and distant from our traditional science. Modern science is built on our traditional sciences so why don’t we feel comfortable with modern science. My hypothesis is this mistrust of science and trust of pseudoscience is directly linked to white supremacy. Let’s first define pseudoscience.
Pseudoscience is when a knowledge claim purports to be scientific but doesn’t meet the requirements of the scientific method (Cover 1998). Empirical evidence and observation are enemies to pseudoscience. Empirical observation and evidence is what our traditional sciences were based on. In short, the main question is can it be tested and proven?
Today you find many Afrikan people in the diaspora that are caught up and engaged in foreign practices that they are labeling science which cannot be tested or proven. Where does this behavior come from and why is it so prevalent today in the diaspora? Let’s go back to the transatlantic slave trade. When we were ripped from our homes what type of science were we practicing? Examples include Vodun, Ifa, Poro, Sande, Odinani, A fat Roog, Afa, and others. These were cultural wisdom centers of science that taught initiates about life and culture. The elaborate rituals and festivals were equivalent to a college course schedule. These institutions taught math, science, architecture, art, writing and more. These wisdom centers were damaged due to the transatlantic slave trade and although they survived the hardship of the maafa they were replaced in the minds of the people by three dominant monotheistic religions.
We can deduce that this occurrence was the first method in which white supremacy drove Afrikan people away from science. Fast forward to 1932, the Tuskegee experiment in which we were injected with syphilis in the name of science (NCHHSTP 2008), James Marion Simms in 1845 experimented on enslaved Afrikan women with no anesthesia in the name of science (Spettel 2011), Henrietta Lacks cells were used in 1945 long after she was deceased to develop a polio vaccine, treat cancer patients and conduct other experiments for the betterment of science (Sloot 2010) and in 1851 Drapetomania was born where Afrikans we deemed to have a mental illness for wanting to run away to freedom from slavery in the name of science (White 2002). These and other ridiculous acts were all considered to be science. This further drove Afrikans away from science by showing Afrikan people that at the time science had an agenda and Afrikans had no place in science other then as lab rats.
White people were either using science to oppress Afrikan people or misusing the term science and coupling it with white supremacy as a political act. The status quo which is white inferiority mislabeled white supremacy is designed to keep us in a constant state of insanity and we are most insane when we are not practicing our scientific culture that we cultivated for thousand of years. They established white domination and domination as a social fact disorders and reorders the thoughts, feelings, emotions, motivations, values, psychological states and consequently the consciousness and behavior of the dominated( Wilson 2014).
So since Afrikan people have been driven away from science what do they flock to? We have flocked to pseudoscience in an attempt to get away from the oppressive modern science that is experimenting on us, killing us, and supporting the status quo which is white supremacy. We have not realized that this new pseudoscience mislabeled spirituality that Afrikan people have flocked to has the same dangerous, destructive, oppressive race of people behind it. Let me give you some examples. Crystal Magic, the law of attraction, and the age of Aquarius all have become heavily popularized in the conscious community of Afrikan people throughout the diaspora. All of these practices can be traced to a European woman named Madame Helena Blavatsky. This woman traveled the east as a young girl, according to her she came into her spiritual knowledge in Tibet. She was later accused of creating fake paranormal phenomenon in India. Her Theosophical doctrines influenced the spread of Hindu and Buddhist ideas in the West as well as the development of Western esoteric currents like Ariosophy, Anthroposophy, and the New Age Movement (Wikipedia).
This is what Afrikan people have adopted to escape the hells of science but in fact we ran into a trap door. The very people that manipulated our scientist for their racist agenda are also behind the trap, joke, pseudo spiritually in which we have flocked too. We be been duped my great people, and I do not blame us because we did not understand what was happening at the time. Dr Frances Cress Welsing and Neely Fuller gave us some of the greatest counsel we could ever have. Both postulated that until you understand white inferiority(white supremacy) everything else will confuse you. We did not understand white inferiority(white supremacy) in the 1400 -1800s in totality. This along with psycho dogmatic imperialism shifted the Afrikan consciousness from scientific to pseudoscientific.
The effects are relevant and prevalent in the diaspora today meanwhile the individuals who practice ancient sciences and modern science are looked at as cult people or sellouts. We all want results yet we shun the two groups that have been proven to produce them time and time again. When your baby is sick you don’t run to your crystals or result to telling the baby to think positive in hopes of attracting good health. Instead you take them to the scientific doctor; somehow your baby gets better. When there is a drought in Afrika and all practical solutions are exhausted it is the president that goes to see the so called “cult” people for results; somehow it starts to rain.
It is quite obvious that the reason we have a disdain and distrust of modern science is because the dominant society manipulated science for their personal gain. They have misled and molded our consciousness to such a degree that we turn our back on something we have created before they were even thought of. The SLC24A5 gene is estimated to be no more than 8,000 years old, in the south Afrikan cave named PP13B also known as pinnacle point there are genetic remains dated at 195,000 years old (Marean 2007). There are drawings in Namibia that are 10,000 years old (Tourbrief.com), in Sudan we have a Nubian structure dating 15000 years old (African Archeology 2011) and in mathematics artifacts in the Congo and South Afrika like the Ishango bone dated at 20,000 years old(Rudman 2007) and the Lebombo Bone dated at 44,200 (Francesco 2012).
These are facts not my opinion.
National Geographic has a quote that was taught to me by Ashra Kwesi “every time we kick over a rock in Afrika we have to rewrite the textbooks” I would add that even our rocks are science like napta playa in KMT, the stone in tiya Ethiopia and and the senegambian stones in Gambia. There is no denying that we are a great mighty scientific people and that white inferiority(white supremacy) has drove us from our divine path. It’s time to return. Return to what you may ask, return to oludamare, Akamba, Roog, Ra, Damballah, Bondye, Amen, Chukuw, Katonda, Jok, Nyame and all the other great names for the creator that were named out of their relation to natural forces which came from empirical observation which we call SCIENCE! Joge Jen Aada(return to culture Wolof)
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