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If seven-year-old Mozart tried composing his concertos today, he might be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and medicated into barren normality. In the Black community, if you speak out against injustice, foul-process and using disparities of a race of people to obtain funding, or ask what happened to the money, you could be cast away like a leper, unless you have a platform to “go tell it on the mountain!”
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by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/July 17, 2011)…I was a witness to a rather disgusting verbal attack to a victim of the north Minneapolis tornado. The woman told me (after the meeting), that see needed assistance and came to the meeting to see where the money was going – because it hasn’t reached her, or her former neighbors. Is it okay to serve the community with disgust for the same people that you use to obtain funding? The meaning of “charitable giving” has changed quite considerably in the last 30 years. There was a time when “victims” could receive cash to help them on their way “up.” But now, “nothing” goes directly to the poor that are used in the first place to get funding; it all ends up in some non-profit bank account to feed general operating expenses and staff salaries. I guess that would be okay if every now-and-then, someone who was unemployed got a job; or someone homeless moved into a home. For that matter, if someone went to a trade school, there should be “some kind of job” after school – but very few prepare the very venerable for life…but the funding game continues.
It concerned me to see an “attack” on this level due to the fact, in the Black community there are those who attack with character assignations by saying, “That lady is crazy,” or “We tried to help her, she didn’t want any help.” In both of the previous comments, sit a lie of contempt prior to investigation. A contempt so bad, evil and viral that we have to quote the Bible – because simply put, someone’s going to hell for the treatment of the poor, Black residents of north Minneapolis that have seen no economic opportunities even before Tornado Nancy.
While the women, in her 60’s could be suffering from a disorder, compare a women her age from Edina, that lived the American Dream; went to college, got a good job, married and went on with a successful life – the 60 year-old Black mother, never got the opportunity – it’s enough to make you depressed.
While people like her are labels by those who are funded to support her, we must remember mental illness and the psychiatry that rides shotgun mimics science but is not a real science.
Therefore in the Black community, when poor adults and children become the subjects of lab rat experiments because someone says, “There’s so much crime and laziness in the Black community because they have mental health issues.” The real fact is: If economic opportunity could possibly meet some Black people halfway, at some point in their lives and the outcomes would be a little different – but there’s a war against that.
Using the mental illness angle lets those who are complicit (city and schools), bypass and sidestep the focus on the lack of economic opportunities in the poor community. The mental illness focus is just one of the many ways to band-aid the challenge while taking full advantage of photo opportunities and newspaper quotes with absolutely nothing getting done – but yes, it makes for great folly.
To look at this in a biblical perspective, Proverbs 22:22 says, “Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate; 23 For Jehovah will plead their cause, And despoil of life those that despoil them.”
The “war” against the poor is also political. In the Soviet Union, thousands of political prisoners were detained in mental hospitals. There they were isolated from friends and family, and many cases, forcibly medicated. Nazi Germany went even further: it murdered over 180,000 psychiatric patients.
Again, I state – before the tornado, poor residents of north Minneapolis have been robbed.
They’ve been robbed of information, economic opportunity, education and the chance of a lifetime to live the American Dream.
There is no diagnosis of Psychotic depression; Hearing Voices Movement; Thought disorder; Substance-induced psychosis; postpartum psychosis; Menstrual psychosis; Brief psychotic disorder; Psychosis (disambiguation) – the diagnosis is no opportunities and the cure is absolute transparency and accountability – but there’s a war against that.