August 1, 2001
Posted By: RAS JAHAZIEL
If you wanted to subdue an inhabited continent and make its
resources your own, what better way to do it than to
capture, tame and domesticate its manhood who are its
If you wanted to keep that same race of people in subjection
so that they would not be able to rise again and reclaim their
own, would it not be necessary to impose A SYSTEM OF
Slavery, Colonialism, Segregation, Apartheid and present
day Neo-colonialism are all LEGAL SYSTEMS designed
specifically to target Black people for victimization. They
have always operated for the benefit of one sector of society
by imposing LIMITATIONS on another, and it is under
such systems that Black life has crawled, moaned, wept and
survived for centuries, carrying the burden of
LIMITATION, prevented from benefitting fully from the
fruit of its own labors.
By a study of Black history one understands that THE
LEGAL SYSTEM OF THE WHITE WORLD ORDER has
never been your friend as a Black man. It has always been a
hostile force in the hands of those who needed to keep you
within LIMITS that they prescribed. No matter if one calls
the system "slavery" or "modern capitalism" the same
exploiter is the one who determines the policy of the Legal
From its very outset when it first started to carve up
Africa, The White World Order needed to make LAWS OF
LIMITATION. It had to pass LAWS that would make the
Black manís way of life ILLEGAL so that THE WHITE
VIEW-POINT would become the new rule of the Black
manís life. Through strict enforcement of such laws over the
course of five centuries it is now very difficult to find a Black
man that is not living with A WHITE VIEW-POINT in the
control room of his head. By means of such spiritual surgery
Black men have now been created who willingly carry the
Slave masterís whip, delighting in enforcing the view-point
of The White World Order. Because their minds have been
colonized they are determined to perpetuate the colony.
They are the generation known as the NEO-
One must know that the cementing of this white view-point
took years of cruelty, brutality, intimidation and force. Such
force pinned its justification and legitimacy on A WHITE
INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE AND A LEGAL
SYSTEM whose real intent in its crudest form was TO
BREAK SLAVES while swearing in the name of "GOD"
BREAKING A SLAVE is not very different to
DOMESTICATING an animal. The first thing that is done
is to deny him of his freedom and keep him CAGED AND
CONFINED until his will breaks and he acknowledges that
his master is his god. To understand the present psychology
of the Black race today it is vital to understand the
experiences of great grandfathers and grandmothers. One
must understand that they were systematically worked on
with the whip, with the chain, with forced labor, with the
CAGE, with terror, with brutality, to the point where they
were BROKEN IN to accept the white manís dominion. Not
for just a day, a month, a year or a decade but decades upon
decades, hundreds of years. Is such systematic brutality not
bound to leave a result?
Hear the words of Frederick Douglas describing his slave
"If at any one time of my life more than another, I was made to drink the
bitterest dregs of slavery, that time was during the first six months of my stay
with Mr. Covey. We were worked in all weathers. It was never too hot or too
cold; it could never rain, blow, hail, or snow, too hard for us to work in the
field. Work, work, work, was scarcely more the order of the day than of the
night. The longest days were too short for him, and the shortest nights too
long for him. I was somewhat unmanageable when I first
went there, but a few months of this discipline tamed me.
Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in
body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my
intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that
lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me;
and behold a man transformed into a brute!"
RELIGIOUS SLAVE HOLDERS
"I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering
for the most horrid crimes,--a justifier of the most appalling barbarity,--a
sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,--and a dark shelter under, which the
darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slave holders find the
strongest protection. Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next
to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the
greatest calamity that could befall me. For of all slave holders with whom I
have ever met, religious slave holders are the worst. I have ever found them
the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others. It was my
unhappy lot not only to belong to a religious slaveholder, but to live in a
community of such religionists. Very near Mr. Freeland lived the Rev. Daniel
Weeden, and in the same neighborhood lived the Rev. Rigby Hopkins. These
were members and ministers in the Reformed Methodist Church. Mr. Weeden
owned, among others, a woman slave, whose name I have forgotten. This
woman's back, for weeks, was kept literally raw, made so by the lash of this
merciless, ~religious~ wretch. He used to hire hands. His maxim was, Behave
well or behave ill, it is the duty of a master occasionally to whip a slave, to
remind him of his master's authority. Such was his theory, and such his
practice. Mr. Hopkins was even worse than Mr. Weeden. His chief boast was
his ability to manage slaves. The peculiar feature of his government was that
of whipping slaves in advance of deserving it. He always managed to have
one or more of his slaves to whip every Monday morning. He did this to
alarm their fears, and strike terror into those who escaped. His plan was to
whip for the smallest offences, to prevent the commission of large ones. Mr.
Hopkins could always find some excuse for whipping a slave. It would
astonish one, unaccustomed to a slave-holding life, to see with what
wonderful ease a slave-holder can find things, of which to make occasion to
whip a slave. A mere look, word, or motion,--a mistake, accident, or want of
power,--are all matters for which a slave may be whipped at any time. Does a
slave look dissatisfied? It is said, he has the devil in him, and it must be
whipped out. Does he speak loudly when spoken to by his master? Then he is
getting high-minded, and should be taken down a button-hole lower. Does he
forget to pull off his hat at the approach of a white person? Then he is
wanting in reverence, and should be whipped for it. Does he ever venture to
vindicate his conduct, when censured for it? Then he is guilty of impudence,-
-one of the greatest crimes of which a slave can be guilty. Does he ever
venture to suggest a different mode of doing things from that pointed out by
his master? He is indeed presumptuous, and getting above himself; and
nothing less than a flogging will do for him. Does he, while ploughing, break
a plough,--or, while hoeing, break a hoe? It is owing to his carelessness, and
for it a slave must always be whipped. Mr. Hopkins could always find
something of this sort to justify the use of the lash, and he seldom failed to
embrace such opportunities. There was not a man in the whole county, with
whom the slaves would not prefer to live, rather than with this Rev. Mr.
Hopkins. And yet there was not a man any where round, who made higher
professions of religion, or was more active in revivals,--more attentive to the
class, love-feast, prayer and preaching meetings, or more devotional in his
family,--that prayed earlier, later, louder, and longer,--than this same
reverend slave-driver, Rigby Hopkins."
"He was a cruel man, hardened by a long life of slave-holding. He would at
times seem to take great pleasure in whipping a slave. I have often been
awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rending shrieks of an own
aunt of mine, whom he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked
back till she was literally covered with blood. No words, no tears, no prayers,
from his gory victim, seemed to move his iron heart from its bloody purpose.
The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped; and where the blood ran
fastest, there he whipped longest. He would whip her to make her scream,
and whip her to make her hush; and not until overcome by fatigue, would he
cease to swing the blood-clotted cowskin. I remember the first time I ever
witnessed this horrible exhibition. I was quite a child, but I well re-member
it. I never shall forget it whilst I remember any thing. It was the first of a long
series of such out-rages, of which I was doomed to be a witness and a
participant. It struck me with awful force. It was the blood-stained gate, the
entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass. It was a
most terrible spectacle. I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with
which I beheld it."
The natural way of LIVING BEINGS is to be FREE FROM
CONFINEMENT. The reason why some animals cannot be
domesticated is because they will break their hearts and die
before their wills can be broken. A normal dog will cry for
days and weeks if he is chained. That is why it is said that
FREEDOM is manís natural birth right.
CHAINING AND CONFINING ANIMALS is an evil that
has been justified for centuries by manís religious dogma
which says that animals have no soul. Yet ANIMALS CRY
AND BREAK THEIR HEARTS while men look on
indifferently with hearts hardened by religion.
CHAINING, CAGING AND CONFINING BLACKS
UNDER LOCK AND KEY is a long tradition of The White
World Order which has always been more cruel to Black
humanity than it has been to animals. History records that
on some Plantations Blacks were chained in the horseís
harness and made to pull the Masterís carriage to church on
sundays because Sunday was the horseís rest day. Up to this
day in "civilized" society, horses and dogs are still fed better
and treated better than those blacks who are confined in the
When CHAINING AND CAGING A RACE is accepted as a
NORMAL necessity, it is because racism and cruelty
towards that race has been practiced for so long that
SHACKLES are seen as something they were ordained by
"GOD"to wear. It is because that race is still viewed as
brutish, sub-human and sub-animal, and it is because the
privileged race has rationalized evil for so long that they
have come to believe their own lies.
When a people can praise "GOD" with their mouth while
holding the keys to the dungeon in their hands it is because
that peopleís concept of "GOD" has not been nourished by a
truly civilized appreciation for humanity. When a people
can sing songs of praise to "GOD"while CAGING and
enslaving their fellow human beings, it is because that
peopleís whole idea of "GOD" has been conceptualized in
brutishness by the stony heart of a wicked Slave master.
How difficult it is for that people to change when their
history books and their folk lore glorify murderers and
slavers and they make it an annual duty to THANK GOD
for all the evil they have done.
A society that casts a blind eye to the chaining and caging of
human beings for offences that cannot be categorized as
EXTREME EVIL is a society that has itself become
EXTREMELY EVIL. It is a society that has enshrined the
principles of the Slave master by surgically removing its own
conscience with the instruments of religious dogma.
When a Black man studies his history, he MUST come to the
conclusion that THE LEGAL SYSTEM with which he has
been familiar for so many centuries is truly the legal system
of the Satan World Order. It is a system with a long track
record of heartless-ness where Black life is concerned, and
the Black manís encounter with it has been one of meeting
the Devil at his worse.
There have been extreme cases where such STATE
TERRORISM has been most brutal against people of color
as in the Belgian Congo of the late nineteenth and early
twentieth century. "The people of the Congo Free State
suffered through what was arguably the most brutal colonial
regime in modern history. After gaining international
recognition of the Congo Free State in 1885, King Leopold of
Belgium created a system of exploitation there that relied upon
state terror to increase profits from rubber and ivory collection
and other commercial enterprises. Reports of slave labor,
summary executions, mutilations, rape, and other forms of
torture led to the formation of the Congo Reform Association in
1904. Founded in England with a sister organization in the
United States, it used both written testimony and photographic
evidence (see below) of atrocities to encourage international
intervention in the Congo on humanitarian grounds."
The black man must make it a sacred duty to study his
history. That is the only way that he will not be deceived by
the icing on the cake which now claims to have progressed to
a more modern and Ďcivilized" humanity.
See this web site which shows photographic evidence of
children with their hand chopped off and their parents
holding the severed limbs of their children in their hands.
Any study of the annals of Apartheid in South Africa, the
annals of the black experience in the USA, on the
plantations of the Caribbean, and in all the Colonized
territories of Africa, speak of a very brutal, inhuman and
diabolic system that has never shown any respect for Black
life. STATE TERRORISM has been a pervasive trend
throughout this long Black experience and it has been used
essentially for one basic purpose, INTIMIDATION,
SUBJUGATION AND DOMESTICATION. That is what it
has meant for a Black man living under the dominion of The
White World Order. CRUCIFIED CHRIST is a real
experience in Black life.
Any people who have worn chains and know what it is to be
kept in holes and deprived of a glimpse of day should be a
people with the keenest dislike for CHAINING AND
CAGING FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS.
If one has a human conscience, the caging of fellow human
beings might only be excusable if those human beings have
proved themselves beastly, and their manifestation of evil
has become un-manageable.
When mankind has purged his stony SATANIC nature, his
heart will have a greater sensitivity to the cry of the captive.
No matter if it be man or animal, the cry of the captive will
not fall on deaf ears.
CHAINING OF THE BLACK MAN especially, and keeping
him behind iron bars has too great a similarity to chaining
him in the holes of slave ships.
When the prison house is bulging at its seams with Black
men, one has to look around for THE SLAVE MASTER and
know that he has not gone anywhere. Even if he is not there
by name, his heartless principles still endure. He is still
pursuing his heartless policy of DOMESTICATION, trying
to break the will of Black men and turn them into Zombies.
When any particular race disproportionately swells the
prison population, there is only one of two conclusions to be
Conclusion (1) MORE THAN ALL OTHER RACES, THE
BLACK RACE HAS A CRIMINAL TENDENCY and the
safety of society depends on keeping them locked down
Conclusion (2) INCARCERATION OF THE BLACK MAN
IS PART OF A LONG HISTORY OF POLICIES OF
LIMITATION DESIGNED TO SUBDUE THE BLACK
Conclusion (1) could not be the truth for the simple reason
that it is the Black race who has been THE MAIN VICTIM
OF CRIMINALITY ever since being robbed of their labor
and their birthright. Slavery, Colonialism, Segregation and
Apartheid are all systems based on systematic violence
against Black people.
Therefore one must reach the conclusion that
INCARCERATION OF THE BLACK MAN IS PART OF A
LONG HISTORY OF POLICIES OF LIMITATION
DESIGNED TO SUBDUE THE BLACK RACE.
Causes must be tied to effects so that one may understand
what would be the logical result of centuries of systematic
violence against a people. Systematic violence creates a
condition of PERMANENT STRESS. Cramped and
unnatural living conditions shape a peopleís psyche in a way
that their behavior will naturally depart from the norm.
Ghetto conditions debase a peopleís humanity and bring out
the worse of human nature so that there will be a tendency
to behave in the same way that crabs in a barrel are known
to behave. Such conditions create a life and death struggle to
get the dollar and easily facilitates the manipulation of a
people. Look at recent events in Jamaica
and see how persistent poverty and destitution actually
contribute to the power of THE MANIPULATORS.
Poverty and destitution have always worked to the benefit of
Neo-colonialism for the simple reason that such conditions
drive a people to sell their soul. They are easily bought and
Against this background one must ask DOES THE
EXPLOITER RECOGNIZE THE BENEFIT OF KEEPING
PEOPLE ON THE EDGE OF SURVIVAL?
One can bet that he does. In Africaís present desperate
condition it is quite easy for the forces of Colonization,
Slavery and Apartheid to hold on to power long after
Rastafari has long concluded that DEHUMANIZATION
IS A NECESSARY PART OF THE PROCESS for
maintaining the dominion of The White World Order.
To dehumanize a people and then try to correct the result by
BUILDING MORE PRISONS is the way of those who have
given up any hope of redeeming their own humanity.
This is the time now to reflect on THE CRIMES that have
been committed against Black humanity and ask WHO IS
THE REAL CRIMINAL? Look at the crimes of Apartheid,
look at the crimes of Colonialism, look at the crimes of
slavery, look at the crimes of Segregation, look at the main
crime that underlies all these many forms of systematic
violence and see there standing stark naked is THE
ROBBERY AND DISPOSSESSION OF BLACK
This in essence is what the present call for REPARATIONS
is all about. It is a call for an end to THE HISTORICAL
VICTIMIZATION OF A PEOPLE. Past victimization
becomes PRESENT VICTIMIZATION when the effects of
past wrongs are not corrected. Look at present negative
attitudes towards the idea of reparations in the light of
history and see how easy it is for long practice of
inhumanity to dim oneís awareness of evil.
Frederick Douglas describing the inhumanity of the Slaver:
"If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my
conviction of the infernal character of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable
loathing of slave holders, it was their base ingratitude to my poor old
grandmother. She had served my old master faithfully from youth to old age.
She had been the source of all his wealth; she had peopled his plantation with
slaves; she had become a great grandmother in his service. She had rocked
him in infancy, attended him in childhood, served him through life, and at his
death wiped from his icy brow the cold death-sweat, and closed his eyes
forever. She was nevertheless left a slave--a slave for life a slave in the hands
of strangers (when the Plantation was sold); and in their hands she saw her
children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, divided, like so
many sheep, without being gratified with the small privilege of a single word,
as to their or her own destiny. And, to cap the climax of their base ingratitude
and fiendish barbarity, my grandmother, who was now very old, having
outlived my old master and all his children, having seen the beginning and
end of all of them, and her present owners finding she was of but little value,
her frame already racked with the pains of old age, and complete helplessness
fast stealing over her once active limbs, they took her to the woods, built her
a little hut, put up a little mud-chimney, and then made her welcome to the
privilege of supporting herself there in perfect loneliness; thus virtually
turning her out to die! If my poor old grandmother now lives, she lives to
suffer in utter loneliness; she lives to remember and mourn over the loss of
children, the loss of grandchildren, and the loss of great-grandchildren. They
are, in the language of the slave's poet, Whittier,--"Gone, gone, sold and gone
To the rice swamp dank and lone, Where the slave-whip ceaseless swings,
Where the noisome insect stings, Where the fever-demon strews Poison with
the falling dews, Where the sickly sunbeams glare Through the hot and misty
air:--Gone, gone, sold and gone To the rice swamp dank and lone, From
Virginia hills and waters--Woe is me, my stolen daughters!"The hearth is
desolate. The children, the unconscious children, who once sang and danced
in her presence, are gone. She gropes her way, in the dark-ness of age, for a
drink of water. Instead of the voices of her children, she hears by day the
moans of the dove, and by night the screams of the hideous owl. All is
gloom. The grave is at the door. And now, when weighed down by the pains
and aches of old age, when the head inclines to the feet, when the beginning
and ending of human existence meet, and helpless infancy and painful old
age combine together at this time, this most needful time, the time for the
exercise of that tenderness and affection which children only can exercise
towards a declining parent my poor old grandmother, the devoted mother of
twelve children, is left all alone, in yonder little hut, before a few dim
embers. She stands, she sits, she staggers, she falls, she groans, she dies and
there are none of her children or grandchildren present, to wipe from her
wrinkled brow the cold sweat of death, or to place beneath the sod her fallen
remains. Will not a righteous God visit for these things?"
(From the auto-biography of Frederick Douglas)
What happened to all the old grandmothers and old
grandfathers who had outlived their usefulness on the
Plantation? Which of them ever had a pension plan or
access to a nursing home for the aged? How many millions
of old black folks went through this same tribulation in their
REPARATION is really THE EASY WAY OUT, because as
The Dread did say, "SOME ONE WILL HAVE TO PAY,
for all the innocent blood that they shed every day, all the
prisoners whose hope of life they snuffed out, all the
fatherless children they left outside the prison gate in the
grips of the economic trap without providers, all the Black
women who suffered and cried because their Black men
were found guilty by THE REAL CRIMINAL.
SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO PAY.
BETTER WAKE UP.
It has always been in the interest of the Slaver to keep us
ignorant and forgetful about the road that we have passed to
get to this point in history. You are not supposed to be
mindful of the fact that your birthright has been stolen. You
are not supposed to realize the severity of the holocaust that
you have passed through. You are always supposed to think
of the cross as something that a man in the Bible carried for
one day and not recognize that you have been carrying it for
over five hundred years. You are supposed to count yourself
lucky not to have been exposed to Hitlerís brief Nazi regime,
and not realize that you have spent hundreds of years in the
Death Camps of Hell Plantation being subjected to THE
SLOW DEATH EXPERIMENT that kills not only your
body but also your mind eventually.
If you knew your history then you would know where you
are coming from. As a Black man, as a Black woman, you
would know that you do not have to go anywhere to find
spirituality, not if you really understood that YOU ARE
THE REAL BLACK CHRIST WHO IS YET TO GET
DOWN FROM THE CROSS.
When a Black man really KNOWS his history, all the
mysticism of the Bible is condensed into blood and flesh. The
story of THE CROSS is seen to be merely a symbolic
reference to THE BLACK NATIONíS OWN TRAVAIL as
it has been besieged throughout long centuries by the evil
forces of The Anti-Christ. No other nation or people can
know the Black Christ as the Black nation does in the sense
of "he who feels it, knows it"
When a Black man or Black woman is really seeking
"spirituality" they dig into their ancestral memory, they
communicate with old grand-mothers and grand-fathers, the
ones who have carried the cross on their bare backs all their
lives, the ones whose groans carry more than enough weight
to judge all nations, the ones whose tears are stored up for
the day when they will usher in a drowning tempest, the
ones whose prayers alone can offer one any hope of
overcoming the Dragon.
THE LIVING BOOK is the one that must be sought after,
not second-hand accounts of the ways of the spirit. As the
Ancient one would say, "NOT ALL PATHS LEAD TO I"
Some lead to spiritual dead-ends.
Only within THE LIVING BOOK is the mystery of "GOD"
made plain and one knows that the resurrection of the dead
is the day when The Afflicted ones recognize that "the holy
one lives amongst his people"............WAITING TO BE
A SLAVE HOLDING PEOPLE love to build more prisons.
A DEMONIC PEOPLE feel safe knowing that Black men
are behind bars.
To A PEOPLE STEEPED IN THE WAYS OF EVIL, evil is
no longer recognizable.
REPARATIONS IS THE EASY WAY OUT.