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Remembering Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

15826522_1601482106532343_2285311203869775550_nIt’s been a year now that we lost this great woman of conscience. Last year was a horrible year because so many icons of black history made the transition to be with our ancestors. On this day a year ago, we lost a giant, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, born Frances Luella Cress, who was blessed to live an extraordinary life and opened the eyes of many people to which I am grateful for the knowledge she shared with the world. Dr. Welsing was an Afro-centrist and a renowned psychiatrist, who with her 1970 essay The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy) offered her interpretation of the origins of white supremacy.

She was the author of The Isis Papers (1991) and The Keys to the Colors (1991). In her writing, Welsing discusses that white people are the result of a genetic mutation of albinism and are the outcast offspring of the original peoples of Africa. Welsing caused controversy after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population.

Dr. Welsing was born Frances Luella Cress in Chicago, Illinois, on March 18, 1935, and in 1957, she earned a B.S. degree at Antioch College and in 1962 received an M.D. at Howard University. She moved to Washington, DC in the 1960s and worked at many hospitals, especially children’s hospitals.

Welsing states that a system is practiced by the global white minority, on both conscious and unconscious levels, to ensure their genetic survival by any means necessary. According to Welsing, this system attacks people of color, particularly people of African descent, in the nine major areas of people’s activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war. Welsing believes that it is imperative that people of color, especially people of African descent, understand how the system of white supremacy works to dismantle it and bring true justice to planet Earth.

Dr. Welsing is famously known for her groundbreaking novel The Isis Papers where in it, she states the melanin theory, which white people are the genetically defective descendants of albino mutants. She also states that because of this “defective” mutation, they may have been forcibly expelled from Africa, among other possibilities.

Welsing suggests that, because it is so easy for pure whiteness to be genetically lost during interracial mixing, White-skinned people developed an aggressive colonial urge and their societies dominated others militarily to preserve this White-skinned purity. Welsing ascribes certain inherent and behavioral differences between black and white people to a “melanin deficiency” in white people. Welsing proposes what she calls a “functional definition of racism.”

Functional Definition of Racism = White Supremacy = Apartheid. As a black behavioral scientist and practicing psychiatrist, my own functional definition of racism (white supremacy) is as follows: Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured, maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action, and emotional response, as conducted, simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war); for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth – a planet upon which the vast and overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white-skinned people.

Welsing discusses her “Unified Field Theory Psychiatry” as a broader framework, encompassing biology, psychology, and physics, as a prerequisite to understanding the etiology of a unified field of energy phenomena, specifically the “behavior-energy” underlying racial conflict. She states that her position is more analogous to the “determinist” model of physicist Albert Einstein than to the “indeterminacy” theories of Max Born and Werner Heisenberg. Furthermore, she asserts that both homosexuality and sexism are necessarily derived from this behavior-energy system.

Dr. Welsing has been criticized, wrongly I think, for stating that black male homosexuality was imposed on the black man by the white man in order to reduce the black population. Whereas White homosexuality is a sign of weakness, and that homosexual patterns of behavior are simply expressions of black male self-submission to other males in the area of sex, as well as in other areas such as economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, and war.

Dr. Welsing was a brilliant woman and a profound forward thinker on African American topics unheard of before her work. Sadly, the good doctor suffered a Stroke on January 1, 2016, and was placed in critical condition, where she later died in a Washington DC area hospital on the morning of January 2, 2016, at the age of 80. Her passing was a crippling loss to the black conscious community, and she will be sorely missed. My prayers are that she is resting in power. And that’s my thought provoking…


Blind Faith: God Or Man

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I am told some of my posts are sometimes controversial. However, I would disagree and call them truthful expressions from a Thought Provoking Perspective. With that said, not long ago I wrote a couple of pieces titled“Drama in the Church” and one titled “Pimps in the Pulpit”. Both went viral and had the village smoking and my God, pardon the pun, but the good Christian folk promised me a trip to hell on a rocket. One so-called saint said if anyone needs Jesus – it’s me! I responded by simply saying the truth will set you free because what was outlined in both articles were facts and realities straight from the pages of today’s news.

The intent of both of the above mentioned articles and this one too was not to critique the institution of anyone’s faith or directed at black folks in particular. Rather, the false prophets that too many follow blindly while merely pointing out the dangers of who is leading you. Again I say, my words are simply intended to be a Thought Provoking Perspective.

It is common knowledge that black people feel they are holier than thou and no doubt the most religious people on the planet. In fact, black women will out Pope the Pope.  One lady went so far as to call me a “heathen” because of my remarks about the pimps in the pulpit! To that I say, as Jesus said, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

The definition of faith is “believing what is unseen to be true.” In my article, what was stated is public knowledge, reported by the media, and can be seen as fact based because of the crimes committed by some. What I talked about was admitted by the sinner and/or has been investigated and addressed by the legal authorities. When a child is raped, money is stolen, or a wife impregnated; there is nothing Godly there!

When I talked about pastors and leaders having sexual relations and babies with members of the congregation, church shootings, and what seems to be the most egregious and in my view sinful. These people are robbing the church of its soul. Some of these “crooks” have appeared on national television to admit their sins and a plea for forgiveness.

In today’s world, the church has become the gayest place on the planet with many young boys being raped and having sex with the so-call leader. I think from my religion base – this is reprehensible. Now, I don’t know what GOD IS. I will submit that I do know WHAT HE ISN’T. He or she is not going to be happy when some of the people representing him when they meet on Judgment Day.

In these difficult times where racism has raised its ugly head, protesters seeking justice, and a new movement “black lives matter” is afoot. I find it interesting that every chicken picking person of the cloth is paraded before us to pray for peace and more of the same. Have we not learned their interest in Jesus is only that there is a lot of money in his name.

Suppose it was your son molested or you’re wife dishonored. Would you then view it differently? How can we save ourselves, if we expect people such as this to save our souls? The foundation of Jesus’ preaching is supposed to be truth. So I ask; do you believe in GOD or Man? Ask yourself, are these people “False Prophets or Lost Sheppard’s”? Too many leaders of their flocks in the name of GOD can hardly be adored and not embraced on any level. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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The New Negro Woman Movement

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In the late 1890s until the early 1920s there was a powerful force in world consciousness called the New Negro Woman Movement. This was not just an American movement, but an International campaign that pushed for Black Women to be seen as dignified ladies with the utmost respect.

This operation was in existence during a time when many Black Women were looked upon as rag-tag mistresses or servants reflective of the chattel slavery era. These women were the predecessor to both the Black Nationalist and Pan-African Movements.

Furthermore, they were real black women who endured struggles that black women today cannot imagine. These were “strong black women” compared to many women of today’s generation, where most should be ashamed for not carrying on their proud legacy. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

This video is dedicated to the long forgotten New Negro Woman Movement.


A Queen For Life

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It’s really hard to believe that it has been more than thirty-years since Vanessa Williams, who will always be a queen, broke color barriers and made history becoming the first black Miss America. It happened on September 17th 1983 at a time when racial division was still a divisive issue in America. Just to make the point Reagan was president.

She was not the first black woman to enter or take the stage at a beauty pageant nationally but she was the first to take the crown. Just a few years early, fresh out of the turbulent 1960’s, Cheryl Brown of Iowa, won her state title and made it to the national stage as a contestant. Another beauty, Miss Arkansas Lencola Sullivan was the first black woman to make it to the top five.

Williams was quoted as saying at the time that she never expected the swarm of hate mail and racist comments after being crowned. Adding, “I never imagined I’d be that depressed about being Miss America” she told People Magazine.

Williams, a stunningly amazing beauty, held the title of Miss America 1984 ultimately resigning early due to scandalous unauthorized nude photos published of her in Penthouse magazine. But the scandal didn’t stop her – it only empowered her.

In 1990, she told Ebony Magazine “I’m just moving on, for there is nothing I can do to change that, so I just have to deal with it and move on… If situations arose where I could get revenge, I absolutely would. But at this point, success is the best revenge.”

She broke into the film and music industry creating a lasting career that’s still going strong 30 plus years later. Today, at the age of 52, Williams is as gorgeous and beautiful as the day she was crowned. She has starred on Broadway in “The Trip To Bountiful” and has a number of movies, albums, and awards under her belt.

Vanessa, you are and will always be our queen. We thank and love you for being you – simply amazing. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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The Infamous Jamal Bryant Full Sermon: “I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare”

I am sure all of you have heard about Reverend Jamal Bryant’s remark about “ho’s” from the pulpit, which appeared at the time out of bounds. In fact, I myself reblogged the social media news flash to which I regret. First, let me say I have no attachment to this guy but was drawn into something that did a disservice to this man’s message and for that I wish to offer an apology to Pastor Bryant and those who follow him.

I don’t want to sound arrogant and I don’t often apologize for much, but in this situation, after doing some research, I found the entire thirty minute sermon. What I discovered when taken in context – that sentence became irrelevant! I should not have followed the social media craze which was more than anything media distortion. Therefore, I offer a sincere apologizes to this man. I have added the full sermon, which had a more powerful and meaningful message.

I read somewhere that forgiveness is mine saith the Lord. Therefore, I judge not this man for any of his indiscretions; for that is his cross to bear. Right is right and the media craze was wrong – this time! He who is without sin case the first stone! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

Listen and see for yourself.


Black Women and Faith

I came across a newspaper article that I found interesting – yet troubling. It was a nationwide survey conducted by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation that revealed that black women are among the most religious people in the country.” Now, having know a few black women in my time this was not that much of a surprise because I have found that most will out Pope the Pope!

I am going to say from the outset that I am expecting hate mail but if you read my words they are simply designed to provoke thought on the topic. Therefore, I say think about what you read – maybe even step back and look in the mirror. Early in the article there was a powerful statement made by the author who asked, “For what purpose are you seeking an education? Is it not that you may relieve the suffering of humanity?”

There was a woman quoted as saying she found on her phone this: “Finding that verse at that moment was no coincidence… God had spoken. Instantly, a sense of calm and confidence enveloped her. In times like these, when she feels anxious, afraid or unsure… relies on her faith.” Just so you know faith is that what you believe to be true what cannot be seen. Keep reading I have some thoughts on this too! But first let me talk about the survey.

This nationwide survey found that nine in 10 African American women reveals that as a group, black women are among the most religious people in the nation. The survey found that 74 percent of black women said that “living a religious life” is very important. On that same question, the number falls to 57 percent of white women and 43 percent of white men.

I understand that during times of turmoil, which is living in America. Black women endure much more than any other group causing them to turn to their faith to get through. Black women, across education and income levels, say living a religious life is a greater priority than being married or having children, and this call to faith either surpasses or pulls even with having a career as a life goal, the survey shows.

If you are from the African American culture you more than likely would have grown up with gospel music in your background or maybe as your foundation. This more than likely included a mother or grandmother who insisted on all-day church on Sundays and Bible school in the summers. It is inextricably woven into our culture giving us the sense that devotion and faith in God is somehow more strongly connects due to our slave ancestor’s survival of the institution.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas, an associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, says “Black women have been the most mistreated and scandalized group in U.S. society and culture as they wrestle both individually and collectively with the triple jeopardy of racism, sexism and classism.” To this I agree!

For roughly a quarter of black women who responded to the survey, religion plays a less-than-primary role in their lives; a scant 2 percent of them said it is “not at all” important. To that point Sikivu Hutchinson who describes herself as an atheist makes this point: “What has religiosity and belief in supernatural beings really achieved for African Americans in the 21st century — and in particular African American women, given our low socioeconomic position?”

Looking back on her childhood, Hutchinson wonders: “Why would children be compelled to profess belief, especially when they look around them and see that the world is overpopulated with adult believers flaunting their immorality?” Hutchinson contends that perhaps there aren’t more black women grappling with that answer because there is little in their community that supports a different perspective.

The article went on to say “for most African American women, absolute trust in a higher power has been a truism for centuries. In follow-up interviews with some of the black women surveyed, there seemed to be little or no angst about their religious beliefs or their role in the church. The women said their focus is on one thing: their personal relationship with God.”

LAW AND ORDER THEME!!!

Ok, here is where I am sure to upset some. First, we were brought to America as slaves and there were two choices; take the Bible or die – by way of the rope or gun. Let me remind you there was no word G-O-D in any African language before the coming of Europeans. In addition, the first registered slave ship was named the “Good Ship Jesus”. The WORD, supposedly given by God, that most so fervently believe was rewritten twenty-eight times with the last revision ordered by the diabolical King James of England who stood to benefit from his rendition. My point here is that maybe we should not take the WORD literally.

I want to make two more points; the image of the deity that hangs on most church walls is that of a blonde haired blue eyed European who could not possibly have come from that region of the world, which was in North Africa. The other point is this: there is a church in most communities on every corner, so I say if that was the answer why is it not working.

Let me close by saying that “I believe in something greater than I and I chose to call it God”. This in the practical sense should be adapted to mean “Good Orderly Direction”. I would respectfully suggest that we and black women in particular, look to what is within to find strength to survive. Lastly it might be a good idea to not be so devoted and blindly follow con artist, or maybe I should say, pimps in the pulpit and you know who they are.

As we have just lived another Black History Month. Let’s get back to family which is your strength! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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