This subject is of particular interest to me as a simple layman, a dilettante if you will of criminal psychology and all the causes and effects that bring about this type of behavior. Racism if you follow my thinking is this: the power to effect change and cause one’s life to be adversely affected due to another’s inherent insensibilities towards those deemed inferior due to race, religion, ethnicity, gender or creed. Throughout history we have seen these insensibilities in action; in America, chattel slavery; in Russia, pogroms and in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Trujillo’s Dominican Republic and Turkey’s systemic annihilation of Armenians; examples of genocidal eradication of those deemed less worthy. Honestly when we look throughout history, human life is not that important as we kill and maim each other with a regularity that verges on the obsessive compulsive disorders that plague present society nowadays. Add to that the rates of murders that are committed daily in the streets of the United States, a nation that we all would like to believe is safe to inhabit. However, if you are still reading this blog then I will proceed to posit some possibilities as to why we are suffering from these seemingly un-checked problems where people seem unhinged and commit crimes that only leave us bereft and questioning the whys and what to dos.
I remember back in the late 80’s and early nineties my students kept talking about the 50 cents sodas, Tropical Delight or some name derived thereof, which they were told as some urban legend that the sodas contained chemicals meant to destroy Black men and their semen. What if I tell you that probably it was TRUE!
Think about the possibility that the water is tainted on purpose to cause damage and bring about criminality. Let’s say that lead and manganese are added on purpose to cause CRIMINALITY. Again hear me out. Reports lately have indicated that milk is tainted not only with chemicals but radiation from nuclear plants like Indian Point which is then sold in poor communities. Why not? Do you believe the milk produced in New York State’s dairies are just dumped into the ground?
I believe that there are environmental factors that are causing poor people to act not only irrationally but also criminally. Her I will bring back my original point: Racism is about power; well who controls public policy and decides where these water treatment facilities go? Look at the agreement made in West Harlem; Riverbank was built on top to appease the Black community while the powers that be got a place where they can direct the flow of the shit and the water it produces. Who drinks the water produced in Riverbank? The people of Harlem do! Another thing that I noticed on my travels throughout the Bronx, Westchester County and New York City proper, is that drinks such as malt liquor are not found everywhere. Actually they are very hard to find in affluent neighborhoods based on my studies. Again, I am a dilettante of a sort but as I grew up in the Heights I have known many quiet types, angry ones and outright boisterous dudes that tell or don’t tell about their crimes. But I believe that there IS something in the 50 cent sodas and also there is in my opinion chemicals like lead and manganese that I post are probably inside these masters of destruction. A drink meant to fug up the senses of normally sensible human beings whom on the weekends transform into ghouls that easily maim and hurt each other. WHY? Chemicals in the water and in the milk and food supply. It was done with the Natives when smallpox laden blankets where distributed during the harsh winters of the 18th and 19th centuries.
I don’t mean to sound like a crackpot or conspiracy theorist as I am neither but if you look at the nefarious inderside of American lore you will clearly see that what I propose is neither harebrained or off-base. I think my theory holds some weight and if you disagree, well let me leave you with a final thought.
At the start of this post I tried to explain what I believe racism is: power over another person when it comes time to offer equal opportunities. Me, I could never, ever be a racist as I have no power to hire or fire anyone and if you know any American history most of the time in this nation Black people and others deemed “minorities” have had no power whatsoever: that’s racism. Prejudice? Everyone I know is prejudicial as that is part of the human experience since we all do it in one way or another. If someone says to me, “I am not prejudicial,” I would just laugh out loud and keep walking.
However as to what is causing all this criminal behavior I would ask for a look into the water and the other items I mentioned before. I am not a scientist but I believe these questions need to be raised and looked into.