EUROPEANS FEAR “SUPER-BLACKS”
Europeans equate hyper-fear to the keystone for safety—and this dates to their primitive times when Survival Scarcity reigned. As highlighted by ancient Greeks, Europeans conceive of the world as full of spirits, of malefic characters in operation at all times, everywhere. The use of spells was a regular technique in Greek medical practice whereby wounds were healed with incantations. In Thessaly, the ancient home of Witchcraft, Spirits constituted, not subjective projections, but objective reality. When European enslavers dealt with Enslaved Africans, their fears exploded. Du Bois stated the “Priest or Medicine-man” was the chief surviving institution African Slaves had brought with them: “He early appeared on the plantation and found his function as the healer of the sick, the interpreter of the wrong, and the one who rudely but picturesquely expressed the longing, disappointment, and resentment of a stolen and oppressed people.” Conjurer’s powers were particularly important, not from having power over the slave owners–which a few did–but rather by possessing powers the slave owners’ lacked. This was what the Enslaved found most impressive and that often caused Conjurers to have more control over the Enslaved than did slave owners. Their African tinge was strongest in folk beliefs about the pleasures of life and weakest in practical matters where Whites predominate. A Conjurer might slip into the quarters containing disgruntled Enslaved; pray for better treatment for them; and then have the Enslaved collect various roots, put them in bags, march around the cabins several times, and point the bags towards the slave owner’s house every morning. Any degree of let-up by the slave owner was attributed to the power of the Conjurer. Sometimes the charms the Enslaved obtained from Conjurers bolstered their courage and caused them to defy the White man. To ensure Conjurers’ powers reigned, many Enslaved nurses, caring for the slave owner’s children, probably did as much persuasiveness through telling tales to the White children as anyone else.
Meanwhile, and drawing on history, European slavers so feared the superiority of Black People as to make it against the law to teach the Enslaved to read, write, or count. Subsequently, they have always generated substandard schools and at no time have they ever taught Black children the Truth, Ancient African Tradition, African Dialectic, or used Affect Symbolic Imagery teachings (Bailey, Teaching Black Youth). During and continuing after slavery, anecdotal, qualitative, and historical evidence of Super-Humanized Black imagery have given Black People a Mystique concerning their Super-Human qualities—as in the Enslaved air of secrecy inside their “Knowledge by Participation”. In C20 movies, popular media often depicted Black people as Supernatural and magical, capable of extrasensory feats. Black characters in many C21 films (e.g. The Green Mile and The Legend of Bagger Vance) have magical, mystical Negroes who show up as some sort of spirit or angel, but only to benefit White characters. This Supernatural archetype pattern emerged from earlier films, with such characters often possessing particular Supernatural abilities to foresee the future, heal illness, transform others, and frequently appear outright as Supernatural entities, such as gods or ghosts. These magical representations also emerge in media portrayals of Black athletes possessing Superhuman abilities. In thumbing through magazines as a boy, I routinely saw shameful cartoons about “Witch Doctors,” as Europeans derogatorily call Ritual Specialists, doing magic.
Despite showering the media with Contingent Beings, Whites associate Superhuman qualities (e.g. magic, mysticism) with Blacks to a greater degree than with Whites. Some Europeans assess these as attributions of superior human qualities; others, to Superhuman attributions to which Europeans are largely incapable; still others, for Righteous Indignation—as with the 1970s movie “Superfly.” Its Pimp-mobile started a customization trend for gangsters, pimps, and drug dealers + it suggested a new way of rising in the American Class System. Examples of Whites super-humanizing Blacks implicitly are: (1) by their Black Mystique powers; (2) depictions of Blacks tending to involve non-academic Superhuman mental qualities (e.g. clairvoyance); (3) sex; (4) general Superhuman characteristics (e.g. the ability to be ghostlike or Godlike); and (5) attributing to Blacks higher-than-average human physical capabilities (e.g. toughness, strength, pain tolerance). jabaileymd.com