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Conspiracies are Not Always Theory by V. Lyn

In the African American communities there has always been talk about government conspiracies perpetrated against us. While whites have lampooned us and implied that we were paranoid, misguided or worse we had our history in America which we could fall back on. First of course was our history in slavery and those in power creating a theory that we less human in order to justify our enslavement for their economic gain. The denial of our education in order to keep us oppressed and subjugated. Later after our emancipation in the south the re-enslavement of African Americans by local police in collusion with local judges and with the tacit acknowledgement of the Federal Government, African Americans were picked up on bogus charges or no charge at all and were sold to the railroad, steel mills and plantations as free labor. Many of these black men simply disappeared and died only showing up in records or mass graves in America. Black mothers and wives wrote to the government, called on their local law officers who pretended that they were delusional.

Later we had the Tuskegee Experiments where a disease was left to progress unchecked in African Americans. Then there was and is the conspiracy to keep Blacks from voting through redistricting, the census and policies that support voter suppression. Many in the African American community believe that the assassinations of our civil rights leaders, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert was conducted by government entities.

Then there is the conspiracy theory that international elites control and manipulates governments with their vast infusion of monies and their ability to control who gets into office and  what legislation and policies are enacted. These international elites through their corporations can cause inflation and depression when they consider it beneficial and they have also propelled us into wars for political and economic power. I believe that this is what is occurring now in our economy. However I think that there are two powerful groups, those in the Bilderberg Group, The World Bank and the CFR Council For Foreign Relations, who are trying to thwart the more nefarious group. This conspiracy believes that operatives are trying to bring about a New World Order along with powerful people in the banking industry and in various governments around the world.

Then there is the conspiracy theory that AIDS was a government experiment that went wrong. Now some people call that ludicrous but it is not so hard to make the leap when one recalls that experiments such as the Tuskegee Experiment were conducted on African Americans as admitted to by the government.

The Tuskegee experiments went on for 40 years and  performed by the U.S. Public Health Service.  It was a clinical study from 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama to study the natural progression of the syphilis in poor, rural black men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government. Theories abound in the African American community many of which years later have been prove true with the government admitting to it. Theories about CIA experiments particularly in the 60’s and 70’s abounded in Black communities concerning test of  hallucinogens on Black prisoners or people being exposed to biological and chemical experiments these conspiracy theories have also been admitted to by the government. Other theories of surgical experiments on minorities, prisoners, children, the sick and the mentally disabled have also been admitted by the government.  One of these experiments was conducted throughout the 1840s, by J. Marion Sims also known as

From Wikipedia: J. Marion Sims “the father of gynecology“, performed surgical experiments on enslaved African women, without anaesthesia. The women—one of whom was operated on 30 times—regularly died from infections resulting from the experiments.[1] In order to test one of his theories about the causes of trismus in infants, Sims performed experiments where he used a shoemaker’s awl to move around the skull bones of the babies of enslaved women.[2][3] 

Also from Wikipedia:In 1874, Mary Rafferty, an Irish servant woman, came to Dr. Roberts Bartholow of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati for treatment of her cancer. Seeing a research opportunity, he cut open her head, and inserted needle electrodes into her exposed brain matter.[4] He described the experiment as follows:

When the needle entered the brain substance, she complained of acute pain in the neck. In order to develop more decided reactions, the strength of the current was increased … her countenance exhibited great distress, and she began to cry. Very soon, the left hand was extended as if in the act of taking hold of some object in front of her; the arm presently was agitated with clonic spasm; her eyes became fixed, with pupils widely dilated; lips were blue, and she frothed at the mouth; her breathing became stertorous; she lost consciousness and was violently convulsed on the left side. The convulsion lasted five minutes, and was succeeded by a coma. She returned to consciousness in twenty minutes from the beginning of the attack, and complained of some weakness and vertigo.

—Dr. Bartholow’s research report[4]

Bartholow and his team of physicians discontinued with experimentation when her condition worsened. She died a few days later; Bartholow concluded that her death was a result of her cancer.[4]

In 1896, Dr. Arthur Wentworth performed spinal taps on 29 young children, without the knowledge or consent of their parents, at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to discover if doing so would be harmful.[5]

From 1913 to 1951, Dr. Leo Stanley, chief surgeon at the San Quentin Prison, performed a wide variety of experiments on hundreds of prisoners at San Quentin. Many of the experiments involved testicular implants, where Stanley would take the testicles out of executed prisoners and surgically implant them into living prisoners. In other experiments, he attempted to implant the testicles of rams, goats, and boars into living prisoners. Stanley also performed various eugenics experiments, and forced sterilizations on San Quentin prisoners.[6] Stanley believed that his experiments would rejuvenate old men, control crime (which he believed had biological causes), and prevent the “unfit” from reproducing.[6][7]

The list of experiments conducted by the government is long and starts from when the Calvary introduced blankets infected with small pox to the Native Americans. So it is not so far-fetched for minorities to believe that a conspiracy lurks behind almost everything. One of those was the theory that African American children, teens and young women were being forcibly sterilzed. Again this was a theory that most of White Americans could not lend credence too, after all how could our country, our government do that to anyone.  Today they had their illusions shattered again by the news story later today on NBC’s  Rock Center with Brian Williams about the practice of eugenics, across 31 American states. A practice little different from  the ones in the 1840’s or those conducted in Nazi Germany. An article today by Michelle Kessler and Jessica Hopper of the Rock Center said

“Eugenics was a scientific theory that grew in popularity during the 1920s.  Eugenicists believed that poverty, promiscuity and alcoholism were traits that were inherited.  To eliminate those society ills and improve society’s gene pool, proponents of the theory argued that those that exhibited the traits should be sterilized.  Some of America’s wealthiest citizens of the time were eugenicists including Dr. Clarence Gamble of the Procter and Gamble fortune and James Hanes of the hosiery company.  Hanes helped found the Human Betterment League which promoted the cause of eugenicists.

It began as a way to control welfare spending on poor white women and men, but over time, North Carolina shifted focus, targeting more women and more blacks than whites.  A third of the sterilization performed in North Carolina were done on girls under the age of 18.  Some were as young as nine years old.”

The article goes on to state that North Carolina’s eugenics board was disbanded in 1977, however the law allowing involuntary sterilization wasn’t officially repealed until 2003. This practice of eugenics occurred in 31 states on young African Americans without their knowledge much less their consent.  The atrocities transgressed against American citizens especially African Americans is horrifying. The justification for the procedure was that she was mentally retarded although she went onto college, a deceptive claim much like the claim that blacks were less than human a lie told to distract whites from the evil being committed.

Conspiracys are sometimes conducted through disciminating false information. There is a division in the government called PSYOPS their purpose is to convey select information in order to control/influence the behavior of people through their emotions, objective reasoning based on erroneous information, and ultimately how they behave. Sometimes they conspire to destabilize governments and organizations with the use of psychological warfare.

“PSYOP is a component of information operations:

The integrated employment of the core capabilities of electronic warfare, computer network operations, psychological operations, military deception, and operations security, in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own. Also called IO.[3]

Now maybe this is just  a conspiracy theory that will prove untrue but then again if history is an indicator maybe this theory will bear true as well.  The conspiracy theory goes that factions within with the far Right Republican Party in cahoots with the power elites are conspiring against Obama by deliberately obstructing any efforts for a pathway to a healthy economy, because it is more helpful for them to see America fail achieving their stated goal of seeing President Obama as a one term President. And Americas failing alongside Greece, Italy and Spain will be the icing on the cake because as countries fall they can step in seizing power. This time they are not only targeting Blacks but the remaining 89% of America as well as the rest of the world in the grandest experiment ever, in their march towards a New World Order.  And even if this theory is far flung the fact remains that the policies that the republican party are espousing benefit only the top 1% of America. The question I have is are we going to fail to recognize and more importantly to act with our voice and our vote and instead allow corporations and the radical components in the Republican party to continue to exert undue influence over policies that are not beneficial to the masses.

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