The Bluesman is Always a Social Interpreter
― James Baldwin,
“There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be "accepted" by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don't wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet. White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this -- which will not be tomorrow and will not be today and may very well be never -- the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.” .
I contend as others that the progressive and biology advancement began in earnest in the 18 Century. Yet as neuroscience has proven the Human Spirit can never be separated from is natural matrix and perceived selves, which contains such violence.
As we create Simulations and Artificial Intelligence in social evolution, the old powers push back. Let's look at some dates
The Federalist – 1788
First Vaccine – 1797
Pearl Street Electric Station – Sep. 1882
Rotary Washing Machine – 1858
The First Phone Call – 10 Mar. 1876
End of Americas Slavery – 13 May1888 Brazil
Women Right to Vote – 18, Aug 1920 USA
Geneva Protocol – 17 Jun. 1925
Declaration of Human Rights – 10 Dec. 1948
The Voting Rights Act – 6 Aug. 1965 USA
Same Sex Relationship – 26 Jun. 2003 USA
Britain committed to “Alan Turing Law” 22 Sep. 2016
The psychology of White is Right; Brown stick Around, Black step Back is an illusion developed in a 516 years of African, Asian, European, and American social power intercourse and human abuses.
For no one is born with these notions, though it has been proven that as young as 3 years old the tribalism and historical narratives influences the Brain/Mind as it forms its drives. As also the need for cooperation, even if from selfishness.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us pause and think deeply of where we have been and where we are to go. As the epigram states: Two steps backward, one step forward. And can be very ugly in light of Faith.
INFOBITS OF INTEREST:
Dr. ERIC R. KANDEL - The Age of Insight. 2012.
"I became an even firmer believer in psychic determinism, Freud's idea that nothing in one's mental life occurs by chance
Likewise, understanding the biology in no way denies the richness or complexity of thought. Rather, by focusing one component of a mental process at a time, reduction can expand our view, allowing us to perceive previously unanticipated relationships between biological and psychological phenomena"
...we remember Anowa saying that none of us belongs, that we are all wayfarers. At the same time, even though we belong to no place, we can belong to ourselves. We may have to break taboos on our way to new life. We know that this entails risk, and that it promises but does not guarantee liberation. Mercy Amba Oduyoye Daughter of Anowa African Women & Patriarchyn