ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
The population of Native Americans was reduced from 16 million to less than 2 million:
since Christopher Columbus landed upon these shores. Five hundred thousand Japanese
killed by two atomic bombs as the Japanese desperately looked for a way to surrender with honor.
Black Destiny and William Bennett
By Waldron H. Giles, Ph.D.
The overwhelming responses by Black people, over William Bennetts cruel and bizarre statements concerning the genocide of Black babies, were to label him as a racist. In the example he presented, his initial thoughts about Black genocide came too quick from his lips for Black people to let him off the hook as a racist. Merely calling him a racist perpetuates Black peoples long history of being far too kind to their enemies in the face of their words and actions that could lead to the destruction of the born and unborn heirs.
Every Black person from the age of nine understands the terror associated with their existence here in the US. They know, deep within their souls, that their lives are in serious and continuous jeopardy every moment even as some of us are in a constant state of denial under the constant synthetic glow of freedom, justice, and the pursuit of happiness.
Due to our sixth sense, developed via bitter experiences that accompanied us from the shores of West Africa, we have the unique ability to penetrate William Bennetts true meaning as he hides behind a myriad of excuses of misquotations and misunderstandings. The Black penetration into the souls of many of our white leaders began with the 16 million Black souls consigned to the bottom of the Atlantic as casualties of the great European and American form of capitalism. With guns in one hand and a Bible in the other, the leaders of this land of the free had no qualms about conducting or condoning syphilis experiments at Tuskegee with attempts to let this dreaded disease spread within an entire race, which many believe to be a precursory model to AIDS.
The practice of eugenics was started because many of the national elite decided to do something about the higher birth rates of the darker races. Some of the initial eugenic experiments in the US took place in Winston Salem, using IQ testing as selection criteria; groups of children were sterilized in order to create a race free of inferior people. The Nazis picked up these grossly inhumane experiments and practiced it on Jews and Russians in slave labor camps established during the Second World War. No elements of technology were spared to rid this nation of its Black inhabitants, even levees in New Orleans were blown in 1927 with history repeating itself in 82 years later with a lackadaisical response to hurricane Katrina.
The pursuit of Black genocide is not unique to William Bennett, as history will attest, and has become ingrained within our philanthropic, upper societal organizations, and national foreign policy. Eugenics gave birth to such organizations as Planned Parenthood and the UN sterilization programs started under George Bush, the elder, both aimed at curtailing the global population growth of the darker races. The former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, opined that our foreign policy should be aimed at Depopulation:
Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.
Kissinger uses the word depopulation, which is genocidal; however, some kinder and gentler folk might consider birth control as depopulation. If we are truly honest, birth control might be a tad too slow and uncertain to satisfy the likes of Messrs. Bennett or Kissinger.
Genocide is not solely a Black issue in the US since other examples are readily apparent as this nation moved up the ladder of becoming a superpower.
The population of Native Americans was reduced from 16 million to less than 2 million: since Christopher Columbus landed upon these shores. Five hundred thousand Japanese killed by two atomic bombs as the Japanese desperately looked for a way to surrender with honor.
Black people understand the sinister implications of Mr. Bennetts statement all too well, and were not convinced by his subsequent arguments around context. He follows a long line of world leaders who have no compunction around genocide and color. Genocide in many respects ingrained in the American and European psyche just as forgiveness, fear of retribution, and turning the other cheek is imbedded in the Black culture.
The misjudgment Black people make is the failure in exposing William Bennett and his ilk as supporters, disciples, and practitioners of genocide and mass murder. In this situation, calling someone a racist is the same as calling Adolph Hitler a petty politician. This misjudgment has a variety of causes, which has evolved from our many violent and turbulent experiences here in the land of the free.
Black peoples continuing struggle for survival forces them to be too optimistic about their future here in the US. Therefore, when whites extol their own virtues or speak of human rights. In desperation, Blacks too readily assume that the horrors of slavery are indeed history without grasping their own reality in terms of US induced human suffering in Iraq.
The sad reality is that Black people understand Mr. Bennett all too well and they must do something, and the weak racist response is at least something! Yet we realize that if the response is too strong; then the anger and the wrath of the powerful will descend upon us bringing those evil times of 19th and 20th century will return.
Some of us feel that our meager gains accrued since the Civil Rights struggle will be lost if we create too many waves. Others feel that our leadership ranks have been weakened by the upward mobility of our more formally educated brothers and sisters and our voices now have become discordant and muted. Some of us take the practical route by rationalizing that Those who play along, move along,. those who criticize are marginalized.
Blacks come in varying degrees of enlightenment even though all recognize our daily peril.
Some Blacks hope that they will continue to be successful in their alien world; look toward Colin and Condi as living and breathing role models and as signs of hope for the future of our children. Buried in the bowels of these hopes, perhaps, just perhaps, those old days are gone never to return.
This group of Blacks hope for the heaven with its promise of the mutual peace and harmony amongst Black and white, and that the great playing field of life will eventually be level and bootstraps will be long and easy to grasp. Their entire world is framed by the surrounding white culture they emulate, everything of color is inferior, and in reality, they hate themselves for being born with color, but this is admitted only within the darker reaches of their souls.
Others, the struggle of living is too consuming to worry about the Bennetts of the world. In fact, many believe any change would be a blessing, three meals and a cot is better than what they currently have. Included within this group are the believers in heaven after death and that life is supposed to be one continuous struggle with some minute relief on Sundays.
Within this group are the Blacks who are passive to the dangers they face daily, live out their lives in terror, and feel overwhelmed by the power that continues to oppress them and their heirs.
The last group is the revolutionaries who recognize the burning house for what it is and are busy working to protect their heirs from the devastation of consummate capitalism. They yell, shout, scream, and resist with every living fibre – Bennett and his boys. It is this group the future of all humanity is anchored and they are the disciples of Douglas, Martin, Malcolm, Rosa, and Nelson and follow the paths explicitly laid out for the people of the Sun. Sadly, there are some members of this group that are caught up in hate for everything white that they strike out in counterproductive ways that leads them to a lives of crime and violence.. These cannot articulate correctly their struggle in true revolutionary terms.
In these times when the world craves for moral leadership, Black people have an obligation to their ancestors and their children to identify and confront the William Bennetts of the world. This becomes our sacred duty to bridge our horrible history with our glorious future,
The perverse nature; of those, who control and inhabit the world of William Bennett, is that Blacks are portrayed as the ones who are void of humanity and values but yet have always been ;and still are used as objects for greed; materialism, and cannon fodder for wars.
This perverseness manifests itself in the spin which worships materialism, rewards the deceitful, enslaves the less fortunate, and the meek, and glorifies itself in the misery and turmoil of others. Among all this pseudo-glamour and spin, we must not lose our integrity to the wiles and whims of the capitalist propaganda that would glorify those with money and possessions which has been obtained off the backs of our ancestors and other less fortunate souls.
People who act in duplicitous fashions (Bible in one hand and gun in the other) are not to be trusted and never emulated or worshipped whether they head a corporation, nation, or kingdom. Those who would seek to mislead, enslave, and attempt to create a world in their own perverted image through genocide must be confronted, exposed, resisted, and politically eliminated. Here, the People of the sun must step up and lead the world back to sanity
It is we Blacks who have become the center of humanity by virtue of our journey through all of the imperialistic hells on earth. They and they alone have atoned for the ravages of capitalism and reaped its meager moral profits. It is their time to lead a world hungry for morality, justice, and honesty to a higher ground and bring Kings dream into reality. This is their destiny.
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WALDRON H. GILES Giles1129@verizon.net
Waldron H. Giles was born in Jersey City, NJ and is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York University with a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry.
He worked as an Engineer, Engineering Manager, Project/Program Manager, and General Manager for the General Electric Co. His responsibilities as a General Manager at General Electric include: the design, construction, and testing of oil-water separators, shipboard waste water treatment and waste oil recovery plants, process control designs for nuclear, chemical, and wastewater treatment plants; the design and construction of ballistic missiles and scientific exploration space vehicles. Dr. Giles was the General Manager for both the Pioneer Venus and Project Galileo spacecraft, which landed scientific instrumentation on the planets Venus and Jupiter.
Dr. Giles has retired as the president of Mattes Electric Co., an Electrical Contracting and Telecommunications Company. Dr. Giles has been a management consultant for the City of Wilmington, DE and Planned Education of Connecticut & New Jersey.
Currently, Dr. Giles is the director for the Talented Tenth Development Consortium, which conducts research on the economic relationships between various geo-political events and their impact on Africans, their communities and Nations. To date, he has provided the one of the best estimates on the value slave labor played in making the US a global power. Also, he has developed a global measurement system for the calculation of world power, which predicts that the African Union will be a dominant power at the end of the 21st century.
Boards and Affiliations:
Sire Archon- Beta Eta Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 2001-2003
Campaign Chairman – Jim Sills, Mayor of Wilmington, DE ’92 & “96
Member – Brandywine Professional Assoc., NAACP, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
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Rudy: I have read your piece. It is interesting. I do not necessarily agree with all its contents and the particular perspective. I wonder what you have to say about China restricting birth of one child per couple. Would it have been viewed as genocidal if had been imposed by the UN? If a Nigerian president ordered a similar measure in Nigeria, instead of the present six per couple as is now the average, he restricted it to three, would he then be a traitor to the Race by slowing down population growth.
My suspicion is that this is what is meant by Kissinger’s term “depopulation” rather than as a code word for genocide, as you suggest. From a sociobiological perspective, I suspect that genocidal tendencies were greater among our ancestors than they are today in America. But you are entirely right racism indeed lays the foundation for genocidal tendencies and policies. In short, we are not entirely out of the woods, so to speak.
Waldron: I would like to differentiate between birth control and genocide. Genocide is defined as the deliberate destruction of a particular group. The destruction is propagated along ethnic, religious, or social grounds.
Your example of the Chinese limiting births to one couple was their attempt to slow down the population growth rates since they felt at the time that their economy could not sustain the higher growth rates. They have now rescinded that one child per couple. I was in China this summer and could not get an answer from anyone as to what happened to couples who violated this order. In any event, the rules were not aimed at destroying any particular group within the Chinese ethnic system.
In fact, certain minority groups were exempt from this ruling. Muslims, Yaks, and other smaller ethnic and religious groups were exempt. The Nigerian example is the same as the Chinese argument. As long as the kings did not impose the rule on certain ethnic members and it applied to all Nigerians, I would not call that genocide.
If the application of birth control is against one ethnic or racial group, then I would call it genocide. Planned Parenthood comes close to genocide since it is largely targeted at minority communities. As I pointed out in my article, Panned Parenthood is an outgrowth of the eugenic experiments that took placed in the 20’s.
This begs to another point that is the earth has enough capacity to support all forms of human life. Many of the shortages we face that lead to starvation are really man-made via the controlling of land. I would say that Kissinger’s reference to depopulation might be considered birth control had he not tied it to the resources in Third World nations that the West needs. Oil is certainly behind the genocide in Darfur. Oil is also behind the Iraqi genocide with the pollution of Iraq via depleted uranium which will curtail birth rates and make the oil easier to obtain since there will be fewer Iraqis to defend their land. I think birth control is too slow and inefficient to keep pace with the speed required to tap new sources of natural resources that are housed in third world nations..
Kissinger is an outgrowth of the Rockefeller dynasty and this family understands the relationship between population and natural resources (oil). The more people there are, the more difficult it is to make larger profits off their own resources. People have a habit of getting in the way, look at the insurgents in Iraq. You can exercise much better control over fewer people. That is why the US never let the slave population grow to more that 20%. France lost Haiti due to this population oversight. As a means of controlling the earth’s resources, the west has used genocide as a means of insuring their wealth and superiority.
As a race that has been blessed with higher birthrates, we have yet to learn how to take advantage of this gift and use it to make life on earth via technology, better for everyone. Pat Buchanan has a book that gives you the white perspective on their lower birthrates and the ultimate failure of western(European and white American) civilizations. I think our western brainwashing prevents us from seeing many of our threats as clearly as we should and that is why I wanted to sound the William Bennett alarm.
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The State of African Education (April 200)
Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.
Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.
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By Noam Chomsky
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