Nancy Turner Banks, MD, MBA
In 1851, a physician Samuel Cartwright wrote a pamphlet, “Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race” in which he considered the act of fleeing from enslavement a disease he called "Drapetomania". Cartwright, as much of the white population, slave owners as well as those who thought they were free, considered the idea of black self-determination a type of insanity.
That prejudice is so deeply ingrained in the American psyche that whenever there is a public act of defiance by black people that calls into question the land of the free, home of the brave narrative, these uppity Negroes need to be put in their place. So it was predictable that on the occasion of black players in the NFL kneeling instead of standing for the national anthem that some whites would start having temper tantrums, canceling and even burning their season tickets. These black men must be suffering from Drapetomania because only some guy who makes a million dollars or more a year must be crazy to protest, not only the third stanza of that infamous song, but occupation of their neighborhoods by out of control white invaders called police.
One reporter, Jon Rappaport, has attempted to use numbers to discredit the idea that the police are out of control by citing the number of deaths of citizens by police vs. the number of homicides committed by civilians against each other—what has come to be known as “black on black” crime. The numbers are disproportionate. The deaths are one thing, the daily humiliation another and the disproportionate sentencing is not mentioned. One of the reasons he sites for the crime wave in the black community is drugs. However, I am not aware that it was black people who blew up three buildings in NYC and plowed into the pentagon on 9/11 killing more than 3000 people in order to drop bombs on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya while importing plane loads of heroin into the U.S. I am not aware that it was black people who have been responsible for killing an estimated 20 million people in America’s contrived wars since the end of WWII. Now if you want to cite crime murders, cite that number. I am not aware that it is black people in charge of a criminal enterprise called the CIA that is in fact the biggest drug cartel on the planet and has been deliberately targeting black communities. I am not aware that there are any blacks who are head of the banks who launder this drug money or CEOs of chemical companies that supply the products that process drugs before they hit the street, nor are there any blacks who are CEOs of the pharmaceutical companies behind the opioid epidemic.
The American government and the corporations and foreign nationals who pledge allegiance to a small country in the Middle East who have a tight grip on the reigns of power love this kind of dead end protest, because it is a path to nowhere. Those who kneel, I find particularly offensive, not for the reasons stated, but because the act of kneeling is a position of surrender and a symbol of disempowerment.
But let us raise this option as a solution focusing on education. Suppose the players of the NFL used their financial resources to start a black think tank. Suppose that think tank decided that the best way to solve the problems in the black community would be through education and that that education would focus on developing a curriculum based on the principles of Ma’at expressed as a drive for black nationalism and teach these principles in charter schools. Now this is not just a random idea. For years now, a Turkish national, Fetullah Gülen has been importing Turkish nationals to teach in his publicly financed Muslim charter schools. According to the New York Times, while accepting public money, the schools also lack transparency and hundreds of thousands of dollars are being funneled to Gülen connected contractors when others had offered lower bids. The schools, unless there is a state law enacted, cannot be audited as they are considered nonprofit educational corporations carrying out a public purpose. They are not required to hire certified teachers and the teachers are not required to pass criminal background checks. What I could guarantee is that if these were conditions that were even hinted at in the Ma’at schools, before they reached 120 they would have been infiltrated with Mobutus, raided by the FBI and destroyed by the IRS. So the question is, who benefits from the Gülen schools? Why is it that foreign nationals who plot against the notions expressed in America’s most sacred documents have access to taxpayer dollars, but blacks who are citizens and have only used those documents to obtain the freedoms expressed in those documents, cannot get access to the same public funds?
I agree that this protest is feeble and divisive and that it is time to move beyond being reactive, to being proactive. However, that in itself requires a level of self-awareness and self-mastery that has always been a threat to white domination and has always initiated a reign of state sanctioned terror. This is just how it is.
Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an
institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.
Americans love easy answers and sounds bites. Unfortunately there are none when it comes to overhauling the health care system. It is neither going to be saved instituting more Obama/Romney-care privatization wealth transfer boondoggles as promoted by the neoliberal Heritage Foundation nor by an overly ambitious single payer medicarefor-all as championed by the left. The system is highly complex and does not exist in a bubble. It is a significant component in a more extensive network of dynamic interrelated moving societal and economic parts, often in disequilibrium.
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I must admit that I have always had disdain for the western notion of feminism. It never sought a working or harmonic balance between the sexes, nor did it ever understand the mystical nature of the dynamic interaction of the male/female principle expressed as a driver of the universe itself. It was a harsh, unforgiving and strident philosophy that derived its strength from continuous attacks on not only men, but also on that masculine principle operative in the dynamic structure of the ying and yang of the cosmos. It, in fact, was never feminine, but a distorted image of the darwinian masculine notion of the fight to the death masked in the cloak of a harpy. It was all right brain and it was a game in which everyone was a loser. Women lost the notion of the feminine. Men lost the notion of the masculine. Families fell apart. Children no longer understood what it meant to have an innocent childhood. It was a perverted cultural notion where gender identity became fluid and ultimately vaporized into ephemeral reality t.v. caricatures. It was a self imposed jail of confusion in which no one was free to be. This week marked a turning point in this horrible decades long saga and Betty Friedan’s book can finally be consigned to where it belongs--the back dusty library shelves where bad ideas go to die.
The failure of this multi-generational drama was writ large this week and underscored by the the very public displays of maladroitness by Hillary Clinton, Megyn Kelly and Kathy Griffin. Hillary Clinton lost whatever base she had by not having the sense to recognize when it is time to exit stage right. Megyn Kelly showed up in Moscow at her first interview with the Russian president looking like Shirley MacLaine in Irma la Dolce and became a laughing stock in her ridiculous confrontation with Putin. Finally, not the brightest bulb on the tree anyway, formerly D list, now F list Kathy Griffin went way over the line with the unfunny spoof of holding up the severed bloody head of Donald Trump. As it should have, it backfired horribly. Instead of having the good grace to immediately say “I’m sorry” and quickly fade into the background, she and her idiot (female) lawyer held a press conference where Griffin cried (boo hoo) and feigned being the victim. Peleeze! If this is what feminism looks like, its day has passed. Good riddance.
I don't want to turn this into a racial diatribe, but there are scores of black women who have always been leaders without destroying their men. Women like Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Mary Bowser, Ida B. Wells and Fannie Lou Hamer. They did what that had to do. Their feminine mystique was that they understood that freedom was as much a state of mind as a state of being. It is not a passive process. One does not stand on the sidelines--for there are lots of naysayers who do so, but live to enjoy the spoils of the battle that their cowardice eschewed. One does not seek to destroy one’s opponent, but to neutralize any imagined power he has over you. He will be destroyed by his own hubris. Bullies are not terribly inventive. Bully power comes from the use of terror. As history has demonstrated, one can become habituated to the most obscene acts of cruelty. From that habituation comes strength and from that strength is born the dormant unifying principle--the turn of the precession and the dawn of a new beginning.
Hillary Clinton, Megyn Kelly and Kathy Griffin, sayonara. Hello to Nina Turner (my girl from Ohio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM7do-RGZr4, Tulsi Gabbard and Cynthia McKinney--women who have not been afraid to speak truth to power and do not play either the blame or the victim game.
3 June 2017
It is not difficult to asses the cultural memes being pressed for the coming year. This is what is planned for 2017.
It is not far fetched to raise the issue of questioning whether Richard Pan is a modern version of the Kevin Costner character in the cold war spy film “No Way Out”? Costner played a young Navy Lt. who was deep undercover, so deep he was raised in the U.S. and embedded in a sensitive position in the military--but yet he was a Russian spy. Richard Pan is a pediatrician turned politician who ushered through a bill (SB 277) mandating that all California children, without exception, be vaccinated to enroll in school. He is the son of Chinese Immigrant parents. It is not clear if they are from mainland communist China, but Pan’s efforts to make an end run around centuries of English jurisprudence suggests that he has been inculcated with totalitarian principles and has little respect for the concept that the United States is a republic and not a democracy.
It has been long established that in this Republic, citizens have inalienable rights. Those are natural rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws. One of those rights, as reaffirmed by the post WWII Nuremberg Code is the right to informed consent. Informed consent has often been subverted by community disclosure standards, a concept that asserts that the standard has been met if the majority of physicians in a particular community follow the same protocol. This of course, has nothing to do with integrity or providing clarity, but group behavior. Because this “community standard” can lack an ethical underpinning and create incentives for physicians to collectively protect themselves by withholding information which may not be in the patient’s best interest, in 1972, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the issue in the seminal case, Canterbury v. Spence. This case established that “every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body.” The legal doctrine of informed consent has two distinct components: 1.) The patient’s right to determine what happens to his or her body and 2.) and the physicians duty to provide the patient with sufficient information to make an educated decision regarding any condition or proposed therapy. The information must include the risks as well as the benefits. While children are exempt from the informed consent doctrine, their parents or guardians are not. It is therefore the duty of the pediatrician or attending health care provider to state the known risks of any recommended treatment and especially of the well known risks of the multiple vaccine doses and adjuvants that are now required. This is not happening. California, with the push from Dr. Pan, has not only subverted U.S. Constitutional law, but centuries of English jurisprudence and common law, not to mention bioethical standards.
Richard Pan, being of Chinese descent is probably aware of the terrible history of the British East India Company and the Jewish merchant bankers, the criminal class that call themselves royals and the merchant traders, bureaucrats, and military that descended on China in the 17th century like a hoard of locusts, devouring the heart and soul of that civilization with the scourge of opium. The Chinese have a long and ancient history and have developed a patient and nuanced approach to the West. Is it far fetched to think that Pan is seeking revenge by legislating the poisoning of the next generation of America’s children, just as the BEIC poisoned a generation of Chinese? Over the last 30 years the rate of autism has increased in proportion to the rising number of mandated vaccines. The numbers are astronomical increasing from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to the current rate of 1 in 50 and rising.
Pan may not be a deep cover Chinese spy, but he certainly is a Big Pharma shill. In the 2010 election cycle, Pan not only received large donations from Merck & Co., he received more than $95,000 from Big Pharma just before advancing SB277. According to The Sacramento Bee, during the 2013-2014 year, the industry “donated” more than $2 million to the current members of the California legislature with the top cash king being Senator Doctor Richard Pan.
Now that Pan has secured the right to legally poison a generation of children in the name of a non-existent public health threat, he is making another move with the introduction of another bill, SB18, a vaguely worded children’s bill of rights which essentially is a set up for the State to be the de facto guardian of all children, essentially relieving parents of their right to make free and informed choices for the care of their children.
Pan is a clear and present danger to the Republic. If he doesn’t care for the freedoms and responsibilities that come with living in a republic, he should consider returning to communist China. I am sure they would welcome with open arms someone of his talents and mindset.