Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shame Theory

Shame Theory is legislated by the government.

Shame is powerful!
My take away from many of the lectures of Melissa Harris- Perry.

Categories of Shame:

Shame is:

One's Image is shamed: 
*Skin color
*Hair type
*Body type/shape
There is a particular kind of shame is hammered out onto the bodies of black women in America and the world.
* Reproduction: Too many black babies born without fathers & are dependent on the government. The truth is that there are more white women on welfare. Next in line are the Mexicans. Black women are third in the welfare line.
*Welfare Queens:A complete lie conjured up by Ronald Reagan, the white, racist, witch doctor, via his Southern Strategy and the politics of race.
*Poverty: Homelessness, as many black women are evicted as black men are in prison.
*Aesthetics:  Hair type(wearing weave vs wearing natural hair), nose shape, lip thickness, light skin/dark skin, color of eyes etc
*Insufficient Mothers: Hollywood has shown black mothers to be the bane of the black child's existence-wholly negative and deplorable. These portrayal  make Mommy Dearest look like Mother of the Year.

This Shame Theory is:
*Tied to anxiety

*The overproduction of the stress enzyme cortisol
*Equals fat in the middle (midsection)
Chronic shame overworks the Endocrine System and it's implicate in black women's health issues.

*The shaming gaze is totalizing and makes women want to hide, to disappear, to be invisible.

Myths about shame:
*Respect counters shame. This is a complete lie especially when dealing with people and the people who run entities who have nearly emptied themselves of their own humanity. They have no self-respect; therefore, they do no respect any other representation of humanity. White Racism/White Supremacy does not have any Respect for anything that does not act like it, walk like it, talk like it and most of all look like it.

Quote Flow

The Rhetoric that flows forth from the mouths of the RIGHT EXTREME is meant to bring death. Me

"The evil that lives in the world is ruthless and powerful."

"The poor, The blacks, and the indigent become the stepping stones of the careers for those who make it up!"

"The stick floor of the pink ghetto." Gloria Stienum

"The doctrine of White Supremacy is a stupendous delusion, and people who cling to their delusions find it difficult if not impossible to learn anything worth learning." James Baldwin

"To be born black in America is an immediate moral challenge." Baldwin 

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Tools of The Great America Double Think: Audre Lorde

In her book, "Sister Outsider" Audre Lorde, responds to the article "Angry Black Feminist" written by Robert Staples. Audre lays out the tools of the Great American Double Think.

1.  Blame the VICTIM.

2.  Divide and CONQUER.

3.  Keep the people OPPRESSED with the master's Concerns.

I find that Ms. Lorde is correct in her assessment. At every level, the American Machine deploys said tools, to maintain white Supremacy, to maintain black Inferiority, and in that way, the sort of CAPITALISM, that really isn't capitalism at all, that keeps the masses at bay financially, poor, and overwrought  prevails again and again.