Trans-Generational Epigenetic Injury is the Cause of the Higher Black Deaths from Covid 19-2
From: Nubian Malik
"While wealth can be inherited over night, Wisdom comes in numbers of days"
Today more than ever there is a need for Reparation Enforcers to be clear on the knowledge, understanding and analysis of what is currently taking place globally and in America as it relates to COVID19. While major and smaller cities across this country is noticing a wide and disturbing disparity gap concerning mortality rates between racial groups, non (that i have heard) are making the connection to the pre-existing conditions (hypertension, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kwk, kwk) and the reality of the source of those pre-existing conditions, i.e. Trans-generational epigenetic injury.
We must utilize at every turn the knowledge that is at our disposal to not only illustrate that our injury is real, but to also illustrate how the manifestation of that injury continues to present itself at a wide range of cross sections of our presence here in North America. The disparity of the loss of Black lives via the COVID19 pandemic is one of those cross sections. In order for us to articulate this we must have on the front line "professionals" that are committed to the study and implementation of this relatively "new" science known as trans-generartional epicgenenetics. Being an elite epidemiologist, a great geneticist, a brilliant biologist, or a dynamic doctor of medicine. is not enough. Of course conceptually this is a excellent start, however, even with this wealth of knowledge, in the absence a proper understanding of trans-generational epicgenitics, these groups and individuals are not properly equipped to correctly analyze what we see unfolding before us.
Therefore, as Reparation Enforcers we must encourage these professionals to examine the science of trans-generational epicgentics and utilize that science within their respective disciplines to explain the Tran-generational epigenetic predisposed conditions (TGEPC) that's at the root of the loss of Black lives connected to the COVID19 pandemic. To a large degree, per reparations and correct action, if these professional don't or can't make the connection to the science of what's unfolding before our eyes, their "expertise" serves little to no purpose.
In closing, per the ravishing effect that COVID19 is having on local Black communities: todays Chicage Tribune cover story says " Blacks have died at nearly 6 times the rate as Whites" and the Chicago Sun Times cover story reads "A deadly divide: 70% of Chicago's virus victims are African American" (Tues April 7, 2020 for both papers). These types of numbers are being reported across the country where Black populations reside. And while the Mayors of many of these large and small cities are establishing special task forces to look into this "phenomena", non of them are properly addressing the historical origin of these existing conditions. And what's worse is that not enough of the professionals have made the connection of these pre-exsisting conditions and our injury via slavery and Jim Crow segregation and the science of trans-generational epigenetic. Therefore, as Reparation Enforcers must utilize this moment to teach, share and encourage other to properly understand and address our injury, if we are ever to end our Maafa. Professionals Wanted!
"Even if we wanted to 'get over it", we couldn't, because we are under it" NM
Trans-Generational Epigenetic Injury is the Cause of the Higher Black Deaths from Covid 19
Transgenerational Epigenetics is a new field of science, about 15 years old, that examines how cataclysmic occurrences can alter a portion of the gene, and how that altered expression is passed down generationally.
This was first examined in trying to understand why grand-children of Jewish Holocaust survivors had a higher degrees of lifestyle illnesses -high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, etc., than their peers whose grandparents did not go through the holocaust.
It was determined that the trauma of the holocaust had altered a portion of the gene and that it was that damaged/mutation passed down that makes one susceptible to develop those stated illness.
Science also shows that people uprooted from their homeland whereby a total shift in diet occurs can also have an adverse transgenerational epigenetic effect.
People of African descent, those Black people who live outside of Africa have undergone a 500-year unrelentless holocaust. Our ancestors were forcefully removed from the continent of Africa during the Trans-Atlantic Slave and were subsequently enslaved, as were their descendants for over 300 years, and thereafter up to today incur all manners of racial terror, violence, discrimination, and hatred. .
In African-centered circles, we call this experience the Maafa, a Kiswahili word that means the Great Disaster. The Covid 19 experience of Blacks is a part and parcel of this ongoing Maafa.
Due to the transgenerational epigenetic injury - the forced removal from Africa, a slave diet that consisted largely of cornmeal and fat, and 500 years of terror - Black people are highly susceptible to develop, at some point in their lifetimes, major diseases and life challenging illnesses than other ethnic groups in America. This is what this science has revealed.
So, in America when we see the proliferation of dialysis centers in Black communities – we are looking at the DNA damage from slavery, Jim Crow, and post-Jim Crow racial violence and discrimination. When you see the higher rates of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and hypertension in America for Blacks than whites you are looking at the transgenerational damage to our DNA.
In the Caribbean where 90% of seniors have diabetes or hypertension or both – we see DNA damage (Where dialysis centers are rare in the Caribbean, amputation is at horrific rates.)
We literally wear the scars of enslavement today on our DNA.
Covid 19 is said to most likely gravely effect people with pre-existing illness. The pre-existing “illness” that Blacks have is the epigenetic damage that we are all born with.
Within a toxic environment of inadequate access to healthcare and healthy foods, high stress and often targets of micro and macro-racial aggression, the epigenetic damage expresses itself as diabetes, hypertension, heart damage, stroke etc. in the Black community.
In Milwaukee, 79% of the deaths were Black - 15 of 19. In Chicago, 68-74%, depending on what numbers you go by, deaths from Covid 19 were Black. (113 out of 152 =74%) Here in Chicago, it is also said that all were suffering from hypertension and/or diabetes. When racial numbers come in across the country, we will see the same disproportionate amount of deaths for Blacks. All will show that most deaths are among those who had “pre-existing illness, as in Chicago and Milwaukee.
Again, it is the DNA damage of enslavement and its aftermath that is the pre-existing state that has led to these “pre-existing ilnnesses” that gives Covid 19 easy targets for death.
In Chicago, through Alderman Rod Sawyer and co-pushed by Ald. James Cappleman, a Chicago Reparations Commission ordinance is being developed in the Health and Human Services Committee. (Sent to the Committee in September and was supposed have been voted on last month, ironically was postponed due to Covid 19.)
In the Illinois General Assembly, 2/18/2020, State Rep Will Davis, introduced a similar bill, HB 5024, to create an Illinois Reparations Commission.
One of the recommendations in the proposed city and state legislation is for the Reparations Commission to explore the development, at the Cook County Hospital, of a Trans-generational Epigenetic Injury Research Center.
This Center would be staffed with Black doctors and researchers who would be charged to help us better understand this injury and develop protocols for how to neutralize or reverse the damage. If it was in place now, it would be issuing nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advise to Blacks that emerging research is beginning to suggest that may minimize the effect of the epigenetic damage.
Black people, people of African descent, are not the same as everyone else in Chicago or in America. The Covid 19 death-rate is just the latest metric to demonstrate this. It also offers the latest proof that targeted resources for this community are a must. Those resources are called reparations. It is what is owed, what is due and what is just.
Establish the Trans-generational Epigenetic Research Center now at the Stroger Hospital. Why Stroger? It is where most Black babies were born during after the great migration to Chicago, it is named after a Black man, it is the largest county medical facility in the nation and it has its own history of racial discrimination and injury to Blacks in this city.
We need this Center now more than ever. We need the Chicago and Illinois Reparations Commissions now more than ever!
Kamm Howard, 773-520- 0369, National CoChair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, N'COBRA
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