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Try A Little Tenderness

Try A Little Tenderness


Professor Zaki the invisibleman

Assaults on Afrodescendant women by Afrodescendant men are truly a sin and shame before the world. How could you imagine hurting an Afrodescendant woman? In the early days as Mr. Silis Muhammad began teaching, he revealed that the Afrodescendant man, (black) at that time, was under the confident assumption that he could rule the Afrodescendant (black) woman with his strength.

Tell me, you brothers, how is that working out for you? As a strategic move you young people, when you want to receive monies for something, say to go to the movies or just to have pocket change, do you go to your mother or father?

Times have changed, but it is my guess that you’d go to your mother, because in most families, the woman holds the purse strings. Not because it is set in stone, but because she is better at protecting the family’s resources.

Looking for something lost in the house, do you approach daddy or mommy? Of course, you say, sheepishly, “Mamma” and she will guide you to what you’re looking for, and here is where we must begin to unravel our present conditions in American society.

Statistically speaking from FBI numbers, Afrodescendant men remain the most reported victims of homicide from 2021 data, but the “Pandemic” caused the largest increase of murder in six decades.

2, 400 Afrodescendant men and boys were killed in 2020 compared with 2019.That was then and we’re talking about the Afrodescendant woman and it is 2024.

Katherine Keyes, PhD and Victoria A. Joseph, MPH and Bernadine Waller, PhD postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University Irving Medical Center with a dual appointment at New York State Psychiatric Institute co-authored a paper that tells a terrible tale.

Funding from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health (grants MH131137, MH096724) paid for the following information.

Afrodescendant women on average were six times more predisposed to be murdered than Caucasian women for the time period of 1999 to 2020, and the study reported that it was guns that did the awful deed.

Everyone knows that Afrodescendant women are murdered more that Caucasian women in the United States, but Bernadine Waller lead author of the study stated, “As a scholar whose research examines intimate partner violence, I have long known that there were disparities in homicide rates between Black and white women. To uncover the fact that Black women are murdered at rates as high as 20 to 1 is heart-breaking and underscores the urgent need to make substantive structural shifts,” with their study the first to look at homicide trends over two decades among women 25 to 44.

Their study indicated that:

1. Afrodescendant women in all 30 states analyzed were victims of homicide at significantly higher rates in states with the highest racial inequities.

2. In Wisconsin in 2019-2020 Afrodescendant women were 20 times more likely to be murdered than Caucasian women highlighting the greatest disparity.

3. Afrodescendant women in the Northeast and Midwest were killed most often with a gun in comparison to Caucasian women.

Essentially, the connection of more homicides occurring in the Afrodescendant community with women is attributable to unemployment, and wealth distribution suggesting that if structural racism in America were reduced, the numbers of homicides would decrease among Afrodescendant women. Their findings spelled out that the differences or disparities in homicide rates change over time at state and regional levels and could be used to identify where support is most needed.

Study results account for 1999-2003, 2004-2008, 2009-2013, 2014-2018, 2019-2020, and are broken down into four national regions, the South, Midwest, West, and Northeast.

Victoria A. Joseph, MPH, a co-author of the paper and a data analyst in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health reported, “Our findings indicate that the greatest inequities are in the areas of the country where concentrated disadvantage is pronounced. Thus, focusing on historical structural racism’s long-lasting legacy in the U.S. is imperative. Efforts aimed at reducing disproportionate homicide deaths among Black women can be implemented through addressing the role of structural racism when it comes to policies and practices that increase Black women’s risk and lessen Black women’s access to much-needed resources,” with her colleague Katherine Keyes, PhD, senior author of the paper and professor of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health revealing, “Available data indicate that homicides in the U.S. continued to escalate in many areas of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also intersected with widespread national protests after the murder of George Floyd. These trends reflect systems that have long disserviced communities of color, and underscore that sustained investment and vision to support underserved communities are critical to reverse racial injustices that impact health and wellbeing.”

As a student of SMU which is Silis and Misshaki University, this is somewhat true and mostly false. To look at the wholesale disaffection of the Afrodescendant woman by the Afrodescendant man is much more than a mental health or economic deprivation problem.

It is a spiritual disease that is part of the “Lingering Effects” of slavery that Afrodescendant men women and children underwent for 310 years sponsored by the American government that waxed rich through free labor of our ancestors with “Chattel Slavery” as a “State Sponsored Institution of Terrorism”

The word Mother____ is from that period where a male slave would have a sack or something placed over his face so he could not see who he was having relations with and be forced to copulate with his own mother. On its surface unfathomable, but then factor in the slave breeding farms that produced our ancestors like animals to feed the “Plantation System”, it is no wonder that Afrodescendant men and boys have no respect for Afrodescendant women.

Disadvantaged, is a real hoot, as Afrodescendant women line up at nail salons and spend an exorbitant amount of monies for beautification. There is no loss of money in the Afrodescendant community; however, there is a loss of spiritual guidance and understanding of a simple thesis.

“Love ye one another” is applicable here and in the Afrodescendant communities that have not succumbed to “Gentrification” or are a concrete “Jungle.” In the other parts of the country, that are rural and occupied exclusively by Afrodescendants, monies are not the problem either; it is morality and the desire to live “Other than Self”!

To conclude, the world stood up and said enough is enough when Mr. Floyd called for his mother. Did it not? As far away as Japan, and Australia, people outside the Afrodescendant community heard his cry.

Mr. Floyd’s young daughter when visiting the “White House” that was built with slaves hands, said, “He changed the world.”

Afrodescendant men, young old and in-between, we have not changed very much. As an educator, the opportunity was afforded to be in a classroom as a substitute teacher and to hear a third grade Afrodescendant boy singing “I’m in love with a stripper” was too incredulous to bear.

To be vicious and vile to the Afrodescendant woman, when she is who gives us life is inexcusable. To not protect her is beyond being uncivilized, it is pathetic.

Out of fear of death on the plantation by the slave master we had a defense, but Massa said “You Free” and what is your excuse today Afrodescendant man?

Everyone is familiar with the quote left by Messenger Elijah Muhammad (peace be upon him) who said, “A Nation Can Rise NO Higher Than Its Woman.”

Learn more about your nation, the Afrodescendant Nation and perhaps become a student of SMU (Silis and Misshaki) Muhammad University and you will for sure receive “Higher Education.”

Knowledge of Self will cause you to respect the Afrodescendant woman who is truly the “Mother of Civilization”

Try a little tenderness was penned by James Campbell, Reginald Connelly, and Harry Woods, recorded first by the Ray Noble Orchestra with Val Rosing on December 8, 1932 and Charlie Palloy and his Orchestra also in 1932 followed by Ted Lewis (Columbia 2748) and Ruth Etting (Melotone 12625) and in 1933 with Bing Crosby recording it on January 9th, 1933 for Brunswick Records, with Bab and Alf Pearson releasing it also in 1933 and surprisingly Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra’s Debut Album The Voice of Frank Sinatra in 1946 contained his version.

In 1966 in a new form called “Soul” came Otis Redding’s recording with accompaniment by Booker T. and the MG’s; produced by Isaac Hayes featuring Steve Cropper on guitar known as the “Colonel” with Donald “Duck” Dunn on Bass, both Caucasian and part of the Memphis Sound of Stax Records House band responsible for literally thousands of songs.

Mr. Redding’s version received honors and later was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed at number 136 of the top 500 greatest songs of all time with singer Chris Brown covering it November 2oth 2017 on his Christmas Album.

For authentication of the information cited, the study is found at:

Afrodescendant men young old and in-between we need the Afrodescendant woman. “Try a little tenderness” but most importantly, learn “Knowledge of Self and Kind.”

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