ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



freedom from religion prevails in ameriKKKa because they fired me in 1992 for my freedom of religion work

 worship! In this regard, their charges of insubordination, disruption, offensiveness, and serious breach of

discipline prove I enforced equality by unkinking from their slavery terms and conditions!  



  ameriKKKa is nonreligious

By Voodoo Lady


My experience as eviction chattel is proof positive that ameriKKKa practices freedom from religion, not freedom of religion as proselytized by Mike McGrew in ““Religion isn’t expelled,” The Baltimore Sun, Desemba 11, 2011. He himself negates his notion of “diversity of faiths” by identifying only the “Founding Fathers,” i.e., self-serving European slavemasters, as his standard! Who religiously protects our Afrikan Founding Mamas forced by his fondling fathers to breed us chattel slaves? We Afrikans built this country’s infrastructure at a hellofacaust/cost to our Souls! 

I’m still hurt, betrayed, and in culture shock from the systemic discrimination we “protected class” members encountered because of my originality as equal opportunity officer (EOO) at the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). Instead of submitting to the white male violent ass kissing status quo, I initiated nonviolent tender touch, i.e., hugging and kissing coworkers. I still savor the support of Black Woman coworker Shirley Reid. “You never know what personal problems someone is having, and her hugs and kisses make me feel better,” she wrote in a Julai 23, 1992 Epistle in trying to save my job!

In deadly contrast, “I kiss ass every day,” touts William Donald Schaefer, then governor, in The Baltimore Sun on Machi 25, 1991! (“Schaefer’s ‘not nuts,’ but finds much in Md. to fault”) “Everybody likes to kiss everyone’s ass,” points out senator Julian Lapides  in The Baltimore Sun on Machi 16, 1992. (“Tapes capture debate-and expletives”) These morally offensive Maryland leaders got to live out their lives in luxury! On the other hand, King Willie Don Schaefer and the good ole boys and girls threw me and my allies under the bus for our moral affirmative action, in part: “Greet one another with a holy kiss,” Holy Bible, Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, and 2 Corinthians 13:12. No where in any Holy Book I know of is there a command to ass kiss!

My troubles began when, via the state promotion system, I excitedly accepted agriculture’s equal opportunity officer offer in 1987! I naively trusted the agency’s stated commitment  to equality despite deputy secretary/fair practices officer Robert Walker’s domination of  my “can do” attitude, my capacity he noted in my satisfactory probationary report.

My sudden sojourn to Senegal and The Gambia in 1988 relit my Sacred Aries Fire, forgotten during more than three centuries (1555-1865) of sorrowful slavery! Thereby, I restored my Soul per my divorce vow, “Wife headed back to God on gift of mate’s spirit,” The Baltimore AFRO-American, Desemba 4, 1976. I had prophesied my need to use my ex-mate Charles William White Jr.’s Writings about hate, death, etc., in order to return to God! His 1960s Sacred Scriptures, some of which esteem me as an “angel”. . .”perfect love,” are inspiring like Our “People Could Fly” Afrikan folktale!

White male management’s persecution prompted me to  file a grievance of discrimination for “murder of my Soul!” Accordingly, freedom from religion prevails in ameriKKKa because they fired me in 1992 for my freedom of religion work worship! In this regard, their charges of insubordination, disruption, offensiveness, and serious breach of discipline prove I enforced equality by unkinking from their slavery terms and conditions! By then, I had also partially replaced the slave name when hired with Saint Kammefa Ann White Saint. The Baltimore Sun columnist Wiley Hall, Black, publicized our culture clash in “Races working together is on-the-job training,” Oktoba 20, 1992.

Verily, there’s plenty of backup for my approach. A Baltimore Sun article, “Retiring Judge Howard learned about courage in ’44 football game,” Februari 15, 1992, about pioneering Black Judge Joseph C. Howard, who had ruled for me in my divorce case, notes that when he talks about Blacks being appointed to positions, he means “psychological black. . . .” His admiration for us Black Women as the “strongest” in the world is encouraging like my ex-husband’s praise! Secondly, then-ndugu, Black Woman Joanne Gaines Evans Anderson Evans, Esquire, alerted me to a judge’s remarks about discrimination much like my 1991 grievance! She cited Maryland’s business and legal newspaper issue in which Baltimore City Judge John N. Prevas, white, analyzed the psychological damage of racism thusly: “Comparably equivalent to murder or wrongful death is the murder of the human spirit”—a near copy of my lamentation! (“Caldor Ordered to Pay Ex-Employee $400,000 in Punitive Damages,” The Daily Record, Desemba 18, 1998). I still have my original copies!

Then there’s the unusual sensitivity of white male Kenneth Hudson in his Baltimore Sun Septemba 15, 2002 letter, “Case for reparations will not go away,” which I quote in William “Bill” Goodin’s Unity for Action’s Fighting Back newsletter, Julai 2003. My iteration, “The Hatred of Enslavement,” reads in part:

Those who believe . . . the soul-numbing (emphasis supplied by me) effects of slavery vanished with the Emancipation Proclamation are deluding themselves. One hundred years of…pathological prejudice…followed the formal dissolution of slavery and compounded the misery of a people first used as work [tools]…. There is no [person] or race who could survive unscathed. …neither wealthy nor greatly accomplished, I still understand how I have benefited…from slavery…. It’s not a comfortable feeling but a fact I clearly understood even as a child.

It still shocks me that white male MDA assistant attorney general Thomas Filbert, who had helped fire me, and I spontaneously embraced during my surprise 2006 visit and that he admitted wrongdoing! In fact, an employee hired since my dismissal thought he and I were long lost friends!

Lastly, Holly Fulton of the slave trading Rhode Island DeWolfs (Traces of the Trade, DVD), her husband Bill, and another white couple, the Ruofs, formed an inner circle and apologized for slavery at our groundbreaking Rev. Martin Luther King Day, Jumatatu (Mon.) Januari 19, 2009, luncheon at my home. My nephew, Henry Brim Jr., wife Renee, watoto Khalil and Kayla, Lola Jenkins, and Dural Suite were among us Blacks in the outer circle on this ourstoric occasion! Sadly, the question of reparations by Mama Lola and me went unanswered. Valerie Mack, whose job MDA abolished for supporting me, and husband Dwayne also joined us on that snowy afternoon. The first personally documented descendents of slavers and slaves (see my records below) to share a meal, Holly and I manifest Reverend King’s dream. Like Mr. Hudson, Holly, et al, also admit white privilege from slavery!

These tiny breakthroughs, however, don’t erase the racism rooted in white male self-involvement! My 1995 hardcopy, since revised online, “Creating Racism: Psychiatry’s Betrayal,” traces their slavery of us Afrikans  to their Pavlov’s dog dogma. Their psychologists couldn’t measure “soul,” denied its existence,  and equated themselves with dogs or soulless animals. Obviously they did not consider us Afrikans as the measure of “soul”! In this context, my Voodoo Doctrine is that their AmeriKKKlan slave system, “chattel less than cattle,” equates slavers with cattle and us Afrikans with chattel, effectively devolving us Soulful Afrikans into zombies! Their JudeoChristian zealous lynchings of us Black Afrikans, the world’s parents “Made in the Image and Likeness of God,” are akin to their eager crucifixion of our Ancestral YHWH, the Christ, “The Word Made Flesh”! Both are legendary evil!

Then after the aforementioned three-plus centuries of traumatizing us, these deluded, as Hudson clarifies, devils set us, their chattel or things, outdoors! The literal legal term for this dispossession is “eviction chattel”! In other words, we were psychologically, physically, and financially bereft! The soulless supreme court’s 1996 denial of my Soulful systemic discrimination case, Orisha Kammefa v. Maryland Department of Agriculture, 96-5730, perpetuates this carnage! That MDA got rid of “protected class” martyrs, Valerie Mack, cited earlier, disabled Black Woman, Anthony Boone, Black man, and Shirley Painter, white female, who testified for me at the discharge hearing but retained documented uncle tom Charles Tarrant, sellout personnel director, fortify this hate! A betrayal for which I still have the record is Tarrant’s handwritten application for MDA for a white male for an entry job available for us underrepresented Blacks. I’m still ecstatic about resisting this scheme, which led to a Black Man getting the job!

After  me, agriculture discharged white female Shirley above when I complained of  race discrimination for retaining her when she too had been insubordinate and offensive! Thereafter, the agency used Maryland’s need for budget cuts not only to abolish its “legal” equal opportunity officer position but also my  proponents’ jobs! My investigation at the time revealed that my allies are the only employees who lost jobs! What a supreme court disgrace to deny my work worship Blessed Trinity: Metaphysical Creator + Black Afrikan origin + nurturing Woman! Verily, its division in one paper of my  wholesome personality into religion separate from race separate from gender is akin to the non-mama who urged Biblical Black Judge Solomon to divide a baby! Of course, he wisely ruled for the mama; she appealed to keep the baby whole!

Penultimately, ancestors from two continents created this colonial experiment! My Black Afrikan Women ancestors had to dispossess our Souls to comply with the slave-breeding requirements of constructing this third world! However, those who reap benefits in this two-nation experiment neglect our Founding Mamas’  Supreme Sacrifice by favoring only Europe’s doglike, livestock, fondling “Founding Fathers!” Their biased supreme court’s 1990-something failure to provide a “make whole” remedy to us “protected class” employees ousted from  taxpayer-funded government for exhibiting Africentric moral fiber constitutes mortal sin! As such, AmeriKKKa’s original sin of commission in having devolved us Sacred Afrikan Women into chattel for 310 years is still intact, as is its nearly 150-year-old ongoing sin of omission begun on Juneteenth (oab Juni 19, 1865)!  

Ultimately, this colonial experiment disguised as a “diversity of faiths,” is a delusion which dissolves my illusion of inclusion! Now I know My Supreme Being protects me! Therefore, I send a HolyKissHug to Rudolph Lewis, Black Man Creator of ChickenBones for publishing my resilient Soul-searching re-release, first hastily prepared for but ignored by The Baltimore Sun

Voodoo Lady ; / OrishaKammefa / Saint Kammefa Ann White Saint; Orisha Kammefa  410-367-5857. Born, Machi 28, 1942. A.B. English, B.S. psychology, 30 credits toward Masters in psychology. Founder, AFRIKA! ARISE!. Self-publisher, AFRIKA! ARISE! Protest Press: Debut book—in the supreme court of the united snakkkes of amerikkka/HOLY WORD 1: Lamentations, THE SORROWS OF US SLAVES; Book-in-progress—in the supreme court of the united snakkkes of amerikkka/HOLY WORD 2: Acts, HOLY KISSING v. ass kissing; More books to follow. Founder/Facilitator of the former AFRIKA! ARISE! COMMUNIVERSITY radio program, now contemplated for online continuance.

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Senegal’s Goree Island’s Door of No Return

Ann White and son Carlton renamed Kammefa and Ndeb in The Gambia

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Orisha Kammefa, Holly Fulton

Valerie Mack

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Holy Word I: Lamentations, The Sorrows of US Slaves

By Orisha Kammefa

This is Orisha Kammefa’s first book, a three chapter photodocument of what will ultimately be a four-book set. She reviews coverage of the pro-Black activities she initiated at the Maryland Department of Agriculture and notes her “can do” performance rating. She then revisits her miraculous life in Senegal and The Gambia, including her exciting name correction to “Kammefa!” Despondent back here in the usa, she concludes by probing her divorced husband’s “Spiritual Gifts” (p.73) about enslavement’s deadly HATE and vows to regain our pre-slavery lively LOVE!

Transforming from scared to Sacred following her sojourn to Mama Afrika in 1988, she began to restore her Soul by Holy Kissing to counteract the ass kissing status quo and by writing Epistles (Sacred letters) to chronicle her efforts on behalf of us “protected class” persons!  Contact for Orisha Kammefa: 410-499-2555 or

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posted 23 December 2011