Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maafa Syndrome

Maafa Syndrome

This topic of Stockholm Syndrome has aroused current attention when it was mentioned recently by Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was a topic of media hype, in concern with the NFL draft picks "blue" balling. The irony is in the media's selection of particular athletes, to shame and shun Colin Kaepernick. These athletes were themselves stricken with shady controversial pasts.

Yet, I challenge that this condition or syndrome, did NOT make it's first appearance, through the trauma of the hostage victims of Stockholm, in the early 1970s. The annals of the Arab and Aryan Western world of imperialism has had a long standing history of oppression, terror, capture, and hostage taking. This history, has always revealed a compromise between it's relationship with it's paralyzing parasitic nature and it's human hosts.

I would like to introduce the use of the term Maafa syndrome, in the context of the history of Arab and Aryan invaders, who fathered and fostered colonialism. Maafa is a Swahili word for "A terrible disaster."  Many people of the African diaspora use this phrase to describe the psychological, physical, Spiritual and cultural trauma that was waged against people of color throughout the planet. Massive populations died in resistance. Yet many surrendered in compromise. Many women who were raped, by invaders, to later raised their children, the many orphaned children, etc., who were captured and controlled by their oppressors, were forced to participate and live in incarceration, to craft a workforce that would live their lives under abuse, torture, terrorism, duress, and perpetual survival mode. The term Maafa Syndrome then, acculturates the historical trauma of African people, upon their early encounters with Asian and Aryan invaders.

Maafa Syndrome: is essentially defined as the total identification of a victim, with their victimizer, assailant, oppressor, for the hope of favor...

Colonialism is inherently an act of Maafa syndrome, in that noble African rulers, were forced to compromise, and deferred their centuries old, power and control to oppressive despots or indirect rule, under the direct threat of mass extermination and genocide.

Stockholm syndrome (sometimes erroneously referred to as Helsinki syndrome) is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These feelings, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Generally speaking, Stockholm syndrome consists of "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other." The FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly eight percent of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.
Formally named in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm syndrome is also commonly known as "capture bonding". The syndrome's title was developed when the victims of the Stockholm bank robbery defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them. Stockholm syndrome's significance arises because it is based on a paradox, as captives' sentiments for their captors are the opposite of the fear and disdain an onlooker may expect to see as a result of trauma.

There are four key components that generally lead to the development of Stockholm syndrome: a hostage's development of positive feelings towards their captor, no previous hostage-captor relationship, a refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities, and a hostage's belief in the humanity of their captor, for the reason that when a victim holds the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat.

Stockholm syndrome is considered a "contested illness," due to many judicial and law enforcement officers' doubt about the legitimacy of the condition.

Dr. Amos N. Wilson said it best:

LOVE FOR AND MIS-IDENTIFICATION WITH THE AGGRESSOR: The ultimate point of racism and for racism to really work well, it must involve the internalization of racism (IDENTIFICATION WITH THE AGGRESSOR). It is not what whites have said (say) to and about us, it is not their scandalization of our African forms, features, and personalities; it is not all of the miserable things that they have done (do) to us per se. The main problem is the way we have reacted to those things (COUNTERPRODUCTIVELY). It is not the LIES that they have told (tell), it is our believing in the LIES (FALSIFIED CONSCIOUSNESS). Once we believe the LIES and once we let whites get us to believe the scandals that they have made up about us, then we become participants in the very process (SOCIAL AGENTS OF WHITE DOMINATION). We then become self-degrading; we become degrading to people like ourselves (SELF-DESTRUCTIVE).

The thing that we must struggle with more than ANYTHING ELSE, even more than racism, is internalized racism (SELF-HATRED). Because it is through internalized racism that we actually participate in our own oppression (SELF-OPPRESSING). When we talk about colorism, self-alienating, self-defeating, self-annihilating etc., attitudes and behaviors among Africans globally, it is primarily the result of the internalization of racism. Therefore, it is the recruiting of Africans to maintain our own oppression, which is the reason why we have to truthfully (re)identify with our African selves (RE-AFRICANIZATION) to remove and not internalize white racism. Consequently, we will not engage in self-alienating, self-defeating, self-annihilating, etc., attitudes and behaviors. – Dr Amos Wilson (1988)


Dr. Amos Wilson offered 5 challenging questions for people of African Descent, in order to awaken and reconnect with their re-acculturation to African Society; He asks:
What Language do you speak?
What Names do you answer to?
What Foods do you eat?
What Clothes do you wear?
Can You name 1 African God?

These questions are meant as a call to consciousness, to recognize the core of the assimilation process in a person, and how we can be able to transform and heal from mental enslavement.

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