Sunday, January 21, 2018

Willie Lynch: his relevance in our time (?)

Willie Lynch is a very controversial character in history. Most Afro-Americans in the USA consider him to be a diabolical figure. According to an essay appearing in "Brother Man- The Odyssey of Black Men in America- An Anthology" Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies who came to the United States to tell American slave owners how to keep their slaves under control. It is believed that the term "lynching" is derived from Lynch's name.
To most White Americans, such a depiction is untrue. Nonetheless, it is important to understand the Afro-American perspective. Here below is the link to such an article that you may like to read where Lynch's relevance was made more than a decade ago. The article appeared in the Internet nearly 11 years ago.
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Willie Lynch: A Brutal Guide to Breaking the Enslaved African

In order for one to understand America today, one must address slavery. Also known as the peculiar institution, slavery benefited the economies of the first world because it stole and traded African people, whose labor the plantation owners, governments and corporations exploited for their own objectives. This piece takes a closer look at Willie Lych, a white plantation owner, and one of the major players in the institution. "The document called the Willie Lynch Doctrine was distributed to all the other plantation owners and Politicians across United States instructing them on how to transform a man into a slave. This doctrine served as the basis for the current self-destructive life lived by many young men today, where you cause your own demise and train your children to do the same. This never ending cycle produces a false reality that you grab hold to and base your whole life from for example, you must be either be a "Thug" "Gangsta" "Drug Dealer" and nothing else!"

Straight Lynching: A Modern Interpretation of The Willie Lynch Doctrine,
Written by Nero Mindwarz (Master Scribe)

I know you have heard the term "lynching" before, your favorite rap artists' uses the term or you might even like the rap group "Lynch Mob". But, very few of you know who Willie Lynch is. Willie Lynch was mysterious 18th century business man considered to be an expert slave handler. The term "Lynching" originally referred to the hanging of a black man and was named after Willie Lynch who acted as a consultant to the wealthy plantation owners who were also the politicians of the time in the United States. Willie Lynch developed the process of breaking a slave, a technique for taming and subduing a man to behave like a slave similar to the process of taming a wild horse or the art of slave making. The process was designed to enslave the mind of the black man making him easier to control physically and having the black woman raise her children to eat out of the slave masters hands, so the speak the same as a pony. If the process was done correctly it would create an endless supply of easy to control slaves who would take whatever identity their master gave them.

The document called the Willie Lynch Doctrine was distributed to all the other plantation owners and Politicians across United States instructing them on how to transform a man into a slave. This doctrine served as the basis for the current self-destructive life lived by many young men today, where you cause your own demise and train your children to do the same. This never ending cycle produces a false reality that you grab hold to and base your whole life from for example, you must be either be a "Thug" "Gangsta" "Drug Dealer" and nothing else!

I know you don't want to hear about slavery and while slavery is only a small part of black history, sadly that is the only part that is taught in schools of America. In reality Black people have had the richest history of all people on the earth but of course you didn't learn that even when you do learn history the faces are changed not to reflect your own face. Slavery has always existed but it is only in America where slavery was defined by race. How many of you know anything that happened before 1492? Research and find out about the Egyptians, the Moors that would be a good start.

Now, what does the old ass Willie Lynch Doctrine has to do with your situation today? In order to solve your problems you have to have a proper overstanding of it. So yes history is very important even Willie Lynch warned the slave owners of this fact. The only way to reverse the process is to restore your true self-image forget about images you see on TV look into your-story and stop believing his-story the future is linked to the past. He, who controls the past, controls the present, he who controls the present controls the future. So we need to control the past, by that I mean find the true history, then your present will change and you will get a new future.

The doctrine uses the basic principles of brainwashing and mind control which are very real and not just in the movies. The mind works much like a computer you can ease memories, upload new behaviors and program emotional reactions. When dealing with the human mind there are set techniques used to destroy or implant a response. For example, a guy that beats on his girl probably got beat up as a kid or watched his moms get beat on. Or take suicide bombers; there you see how powerful the mind is when it believes in something. So if you believe you came from slaves and you believe that God or Jesus is a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes or even if you don't believe it but you see it everyday it gets engraved into your sub-conscious then it will be hard for you to kill a white man because he looks just like your God but its mad easy for you to kill a man that looks like you. It will also be hard for you to be an intellectual, a king or a God because your brain can't reference any examples to model itself after.

The Willie Lynch Doctrine instructs slave owners to use public torture and humiliation to create fear in the black man and destroy the male image in the mind of the black woman. Back in the day they used to tie each leg of a black man to a horse, then light him on fire and have the horses pull him apart in front of his woman and all the other african captives. What they do today is shoot Amadu Dialo with 72 bullets, beat the crap out of Rodney King, or have the police cram a plunger up your ass and lock 20 percent of you in jail. But, instead of having all the slaves gather around to witness it, they just broadcast it on TV and get the same result which is the destruction of the Black Male image that all the people witness. These televised images result in the black woman feeling like she can't depend on the black man and it produces "independent women" but independence is not natural in nature.

Naturally, the man depends on the woman and the woman depends on the man. So the woman raises her sons to be physical strong so that he is not destroyed physical, but mentally week and her daughter to be independent and mentally strong just like she is because she now has to survive without her male counter part. That's why she says "I don't need no man" and " I pay my own bills" not that there is anything wrong with that but it screwed up the natural harmony between black man and black woman. You don't hear any other race of woman saying they don't need a man, do you? In today's society the black man stands behind his woman financially, psychologically and emotionally. She has higher education and makes more money than him. Again not that we're hating but the black man has less education, less money and more are in jail, but he creates these physically intimidating images like "thug" "Gangsta" "Drug Dealer" but under all that he is really weak. These are the only images feed to the young so they imitate the male image they see on TV and on the block ! that's the "self orbiting sphere" Willie is talking about or "! self-destructive phenomenon". But the young men who are able to get some real education and are able to grab onto some type of positive self image then it all changes and that young black man does not fall into the trap.
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Originally appeared in Mindwarz.com
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Read the actual Willie Lynch Speech on the Freeman Institute website. Here below some excerpts are shared:
"Gentlemen, I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods of control of slaves.
   Ancient Rome would envy us if my program were implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish. I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of woods as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.

   I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are not only losing a valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed.

Gentlemen, you know what your problems are: I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling your Black slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 hundred years. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your oversee r can use it.

   I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves: and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences, and think about them. 

   On top of my list is "Age", but it is there only because it starts with an "A": the second is "Color" or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, status on plantation, attitude of owners, whether the slave live in the valley, on hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences.

I shall give you an outline of action-but before that I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration.
   The Black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self re-fueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don't forget you must pitch the old Black male vs. the young Black male, and the young Black male against the old Black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. 
   Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.  Thank you, gentlemen."

Sadiq Khan compares Donald Trump's language to 'the rhetoric of Isis'


Sadid Khan has compared Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks against Islam to the tactics used by Isis.
The Mayor of London, who has been on the receiving end of much criticism from Mr Trump, said the President’s language was “very similar to the rhetoric used by so-called Isis/Daesh”.
In an interview with the Intercept, Mr Khan said one of the things Isis wants is to see “an increase of Islamophobic attacks; they want a backlash against proud Muslims, proud westerners.”
In November, Mr Trump controversially retweeted a series of Islamophobic posts from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First who has been convicted of hate speech.
Pointing out that the phrase “Britain first” was shouted out repeatedly by Thomas Mair, the man who murdered his friend and fellow Labour politician Jo Cox, Mr Khan said: “One of the reasons I spoke out against his retweets was that he was amplifying a message of division and hatred, and he should be condemned for that.”
He added that it “beggared belief” that the invitation for a state visit to the President from the Prime Minister had not been withdrawn following the retweets of Ms Fransen’s posts.
Mr Khan stopped short of calling the President a racist in the interview, saying instead that he should not be granted a state visit because “there are too many things that he believes that we disagree with”.
Speaking before the planned visit to the UK by the president was cancelled, the Mayor said he would wait and see what form the planned trip took before deciding whether or not to join the expected protest marches against it.
The war of words between the President and the Mayor began during the US election campaign when Mr Khan – the capital’s first Muslim Mayor – described Mr Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from America as “ignorant”.
Mr Khan spoke out when the President brought in his highly controversial travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, calling the policy “cruel and shameful”.
Mr Trump later criticised Mr Khan for telling Londoners there was “no reason to be alarmed” at the sight of more armed police on the street following the London Bridge attack.
A planned working visit to open the new US embassy in London, where Mr Trump was expected to be greeted by huge protests, was cancelled earlier this month.
The US President was ridiculed for blaming Barack Obama for selling the embassy's current home for "peanuts", when the decision was in fact made by George W Bush's administration.
Boris Johnson claimed the UK should welcome Mr Trump today, calling for his administration to be shown "respect and recognition".
It comes as Mr Khan spoke to the Independent on Labour’s chances in the upcoming local elections, with the party hoping to make further gains in London at the expense of the Conservatives.

Rohingya Refugees: More support needed as crisis growing: WB

The World Bank has said the Rohingya refugee crisis is growing at a rapid pace in Cox's Bazar and There is an urgent need to support the host communities to cope with the influx and to help those extremely vulnerable.

After visiting some Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar yesterday, World Bank South Asia Vice President Annette Dixon praised the Bangladesh government and its people for sheltering and caring for the large number of Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar, according to a WB statement.

She said the bank was ready to work with the government to help the host community and the displaced Rohingyas.

“The scale of the influx is enormous. As far as the eyes can see, lines after lines of shelters -- made of plastic sheets and bamboos -- stretched over the deforested hills. It is creating huge pressure on the infrastructure and services as well as on the water resources and the environment. When the monsoon approaches, the challenges with disease and natural disasters will increase.”

Meanwhile, Myanmar state media yesterday said the country was making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingyas, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the United Nations, reports Reuters.

Rakhine state Chief Minister Nyi Pu “insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation infrastructures” during a visit to repatriation camps in the state on Friday, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

It published a photo of his delegation standing by a long, wooden house that would be used to house returnees at the camp near the town of Maungtaw. A wire-mesh fence topped by barbed wire appears in the background of the photo.

Over 655,500 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in the northern part of Rakhine on August 25. The United Nations described the operation as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, which Myanmar denies.

Annette Dixon yesterday visited the registered and makeshift camps and spoke with Rohingyas and locals. She also visited registration centres, health and food distribution centres, children centres and women-friendly spaces.

While these efforts are helping the Rohingyas cope, they will need more support to rebuild their lives, according to the WB statement.
“The people and the government of Bangladesh have shown great generosity to the Rohingyas in their hour of need. As soon as the crisis broke, with the government, the local and international Non-Governmental Organisations [NGOs] and development partners extended support. This helped save thousands of lives. 

“But the needs are much greater. If the government seeks help, we can mobilise more resources to address the needs of both the host communities and the Rohingyas in a way that will continue to benefit the locals after the Rohingyas leave,” she said.
The WB official concluded her five-day visit to Bangladesh yesterday.

REFUSING TO RETURN HOME

Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar are balking at going back until Myanmar can guarantee their safety, among other demands listed in a petition drawn up by camp leaders and shown to Reuters.

Even as Myanmar gets ready to start receiving the Rohingya next week, more of them are fleeing continued military operations in Rakhine, newly arrived refugees said.

More than 100 Rohingyas from Rakhine fled into Bangladesh and scores more were waiting to cross the Naf river, they said.

'CONCENTRATION CAMPS'

Rohingyas insurgents yesterday said the repatriation plan was "not acceptable" and "the Burmese [Myanmarese] terrorist government was deceitfully and crookedly offering Rohingyas to settle down in so-called temporary camps".

“Repatriated Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh will never be able to settle down in their own ancestral land and villages, rather than spending not only the rest of their lives but also the lives of their next generations to come in those concentration camps,” the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said in a statement on Twitter.

Myanmar has said it would build a transit camp that can house 30,000 returnees before they are allowed to return to their “place of origin” or "nearest to their place of origin."

Paul Vrieze, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman in Myanmar, cautioned that the returnees must not be rushed out of Bangladesh “without the informed consent of refugees or the basic elements of lasting solutions in place”.

“Further measures are also required to ensure safe, voluntary and sustainable repatriation of refugees to their places of origin and to address the underlying root causes of the crisis,” he said.

The UNHCR, which is helping to administer the refugee camps, is not involved in the repatriation exercise between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

My letter to Professor Ward Keeler of University of Texas, Austin


Dear Dr. Keeler,
Thanks for a very timely piece on the above subject (Rohingya vis-à-vis 'Mexican' Texans): https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Similarities-in-treatment-of-the-Rohingya-and-12511371.php.
 
As you noted the Rohingyas face ethnic cleansing (or, perhaps, more correctly, genocide), and the Burmese (Burman) and Rakhine xenophobic politicians and monks are justifying their genocidal pogroms by distorting history and dehumanizing the victims. As a concerned human rights activist I have been trying to stop this genocide, which Dr. Maung Zarni, Prof. Amartya Sen and other concerned fellow activists have been calling 'slow burning genocide'.  To stop the elimination of the Rohingya, it would require serious efforts from academics like you, making parallels, which you nicely did in your short article.
 
However, in my reading of Rohingya history, I find that they are not a product of British era colonial practice of enticing hard-working Bengalis to settle in Arakan, but as a matter of fact the littoral was husbanded by Indian (Bangladeshi) population since time immemorial before the advent of Tibeto-Burman Buddhist race in the 9th century CE. Most of these people were Hindus, some later converting to other religions (including Buddhism and Islam).
 
Even after the Buddhist infiltration and conquest of Arakan under emperor Anwarahta, there was always a small number of Indians (whose language,  culture and ties  were with those of Bengal, or today's Bangladesh on the other side of the Naaf River). Thus, area historians like (late) Prof. Abdul Karim and Michael Charney believed that the Rohingyas are the children of the soil, much like the Mexican-Americans of Texas are. From 1430 onwards, with the advent of the Arakanese Mrauk-U dynasty which was restored to the throne by the Sultan of Bengal, Muslim percentage grew sharply. During the 16-17th century (until 1666), more than a 100,000 Bengalis were abducted and enslaved in Arakan (by the Magh-Portuguese pirates) to work as rice growers or slave workers in temples along the Kaladan River, which significantly raised the Muslim population.
 
I am sure you are aware of the history, but felt that your piece (consider, e.g., "The British, who ruled Rakhine from 1826 to 1948, urged Bengalis to come and take low-paying jobs that long-time residents of the area disdained.") may have given the impression that Rohingyas were a by-product of British colonial era policy. They are not. As I have shown in my demographic study of Muslims of Arakan: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1949971 the vast majority of those who resettled from Cox's Bazar in East Indian Company administered Bengal to Arakan after 1826 were Rakhine Buddhists, and not Rohingyas. Most Chittagonians that went there during 100 plus years of British rule when Burma including Arakan was administered from Bengal (and later India) were seasonal farmers that returned to Chittagong. The British policy is partly to blame for the mess around ethnicity and the sad fate of the Rohingyas who had fought against Japanese/Burman/Rakhine fascist forces during WWII, and conveniently dumped after regaining the territory.
 
Thanks and kind regards,
Habib Siddiqui

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Similarities in treatment of the Rohingya and Texas ‘Mexicans?’

 
[Note HS: For most part Dr. Keeler's article makes good sense of comparing  Mexican-speaking Texans in the USA with those of the Rohingyas of the Rakhine state of apartheid Myanmar. However, he is misinformed about the origin of the Rohingya. Much like the indigenous Mexican-Americans of Texas the Rohingyas have their origin as the children of the first settlers of the littoral. So any suggestion that they were brought into the Rakhine state by the British colonial regime is wrong.]

People around the world have reacted with outrage and astonishment to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, in southwestern Burma. The outrage is completely appropriate. The astonishment, though, is not — especially in an area like Texas, whose history of shifting populations resembles that of Rakhine.

Both Rahkine and Texas are borderlands with no natural barriers between regions, with people of very different ethnic, religious and linguistic origins having moved about over centuries. With political authority shifting a number of times, both regions have seen amicable interaction across ethnic lines and ethnic violence over the years. And in both regions, some members of the dominant group now want to send their ethnic others “back where they came from.”
                                              
Burmans make up two-thirds of the population of the nation-state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and Rakhine and Burmans have long had volatile relations, sometimes competing over territorial and political control. Burmans have had the upper hand since conquering Rakhine in the late 18th century.

The British, who ruled Rakhine from 1826 to 1948, urged Bengalis to come and take low-paying jobs that long-time residents of the area disdained.

Intellectuals and other members of the Muslim elite in Rakhine started seeking either independence or at least some state-recognized special status in the 1950s. It was these people who made of the term “Rohingya,” which is actually the Bengali version of the name of the region of “Rakhine,” a politically charged label for all Rakhine Muslims. Today, Burmans and Rakhine Buddhists label all of these people “Bengali,” just as many Texans speak of “Mexicans” whether they are referring to U.S. citizens of longstanding or people who came across the Rio Grande just recently.

A part of Mexico until 1836, Texas became part of the U.S. in 1845. Newly-arrived Euro-Americans decided that they should run the place, edging out Spanish-speaking families who had lived in Texas much longer and costing poorer residents access to land they had long had the use of as tenant farmers. Spanish speakers and English speakers, meanwhile, collaborated in driving Native American residents off the land. The ethnic cleansing that drastically reduced Texas’ indigenous population and the political maneuvering that made the status of Spanish speakers highly precarious is mirrored in the current attacks on Muslims in Rakhine, who have fled by the hundreds of thousands to Bangladesh.

The recent events in Rakhine started with a few violent incidents in June 2012. Soon after, at least 140,000 Rakhine Muslims were placed in concentration camps to “protect” them. In October 2016, some young Rakhine Muslim men, newly radicalized, attacked Burmese border control officers. The Burmese military responded with disproportionate force, which helps explain why a larger attack on government officials took place in August 2017.

Though military control over Burma ended in 2012, it seems clear that Aung San Suu Kyi exercises little authority over the generals, who continue to wage war in several regions, using ethnic conflict and “immigrant-criminals” to justify intervention. None of this should surprise Americans who have seen how much political advantage is to be gained by scapegoating people who are viewed as foreign.

Fortunately in our country, we have a long-standing discourse of human rights fostering defense of the weak, including immigrants, from nativist attack. There is little by way of such discourse in Burma. Both outsiders and residents of the region say the best that can be hoped for is economic development. Seeing opportunities to escape the region’s dire poverty should encourage people in Rakhine, whether Muslim or Buddhist, to put aside their ethnic prejudices. Just as Texans, provided they feel confident in their own and their children’s future, ought to be able to act on their better instincts, no matter what some politicians tell them about all those “Mexican” criminals.

Ward Keeler is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Roots of the Rohingya Crisis: The Eradication of a Myanmar Ethnic Group

KEYNOTE Speaker: MICHAEL W. CHARNEY. Venue: Cornell University.

Dr. Charney did his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Prof. Juan Cole, an authority on south Asia and the Middle East. Charney now teaches at SOAS, University of London and lives in the UK. I have greatly benefitted from his work dealing with the Rakhine (Arakan) state of Myanmar of which he is a world authority.
Click here to see the video.

Friday, January 19, 2018

HRW: Saudi violating international law in war on Yemen

Saudi Arabia has violated international humanitarian law in Yemen and unjustly jailed activists peacefully seeking social reforms, a human rights group said on Thursday.
The Saudi-led military coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen carried 87 unlawful attacks resulting in nearly 1,000 civilian deaths, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a new report.
The Houthis control most of northern Yemen, and the Saudi alliance - supported by the United States and United Kingdom - launched military operations in March 2015 to drive them out.
The war has decimated the Arab world's poorest nation with more than 10,000 people killed, disease proliferating, and millions facing famine.
The Saudi-led coalition has denied war crime allegations.
Back at home, more than a dozen political activists have been convicted on "vague charges arising from their peaceful activities" and were slapped with lengthy prison sentences, HRW said.
Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said he wants to modernise the kingdom and introduce social reforms. Women were allowed to attend a men's football match for the first time last week, and a decades-long ban on watching films at cinemas was lifted this week.
But the US rights group said the moves weren't enough.
"Mohammad bin Salman's well-funded image as a reformist falls flat in the face of Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe and scores of activists and political dissidents languishing in Saudi prisons on spurious charges," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
"Baby steps on women's rights reforms don't paper over Saudi Arabia's systemic abuses."