Can’t Stand the Pain

Illustration of Dr. J. Marion Sims with Anarcha by Robert Thom. Anarcha was subjected to 30 experimental surgeries.
Pearson Museum, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
But a painting of Sims, one of his slave patients and four other “Medical Giants of Alabama” has been removed from above the fireplace at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Advanced Medical Studies because of questions of race, gender and medical ethics.

Many people inaccurately believe that blacks literally have thicker skin than whites and experience less pain.” Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology February 7, 2017

It is not hard to extrapolate this belief to that of emotional pain. Just as the biological belief that blacks have thicker skin the figurative concept of being thick-skinned would also apply. Formed in the days of slavery the concept of the less than human Negros could never feel the full depths of human emotional sensitivity.

The spirit/psyche’s slow death is the “Spirit Murder” waged upon people at the margins through the slow cultural genocide. The hopelessness of people of color in this country is ringing. This kind of ringing pounds as though it were painful ringing sounds within the ear after the concussion of a loud explosion. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) of the soul and an eminent feeling of doom is forever existent in the African American essence.“POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OF THE SOUL” Posted by accord1 on August 28, 2020

Anjanette Young was in her Chicago dwelling in February 2019 naked, as the police force their way into the solitude of her home and handcuffed her. The address was the wrong home concerning the person for whom they were looking, a fact Ms. Young had brought to the officer’s attention 43 times. According to the released video, Ms. Young’s (blurred out body) first reaction was Shock, followed by Outrage as her voice began to elevate. 

Finally, after several minutes of searching her residence, the officers threw a blanket upon her exposed nude frame. At that point, it was as though something awakened in her soul. It was as though she realized what had happened to her as the shouts melted into wailing tears.  The officers caused a progression, the pain of embarrassment, violation of her decency, and sanctum of her humanity the officers cast aside. The police showed no remorse or empathy. The video of this incident has come to light after nearly two years. No white woman would ever be subject to such savage debasement.

 “One will find a teardrop moistened by pangs of a wail that deepens to a groan buried within the “spirit murdered” soul.” “I Know Why the caged bird sings” “Today” | accord1 says: September 5, 2020

In the COVID 19 world of 2020, when Government is trying to appeal to fearful minorities to take a vaccine, some things need to be addressed. First, the pain index can cut in many different ways. As in the case of Ms. Young, the pain was psychological-emotional that ripped from the fabric of her personhood. 

Fast forward to the waning months of the current presidential administration, when Congressman James Clyburn released a critical memo from a Trump Administration Official which stated: “We Want” Americans “Infected.”

“On May 30, 2020, Dr. Alexander urged colleagues to suppress CDC hospitalization data showing about the risk posed by the virus to minority communities, because it could hurt President Trump in the 2020 election.” Chairman Clyburn Releases Memo With New Evidence Of Political Interference In Pandemic Response December 16, 2020 Press Release https://coronavirus.house.gov/news/press-releases

Once again, the melanated so-called thick-skinned people can take it. To say it other ways, they are expendable, or they are “Three Fifths,” or Black Lives really don’t matter. To discount this article as an airing of grievances would be a mistake. Our society’s fabric is an interwoven tapestry, which says that our nation is diminished to the lowest common denominator when it discounts any community. The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best. 

“injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

For far too long, from slavery’s horsewhipped blistered backs, private and government-sponsored research, medical schools, and law enforcement, the inaccurate disregard for African Americans’ real pain must stop. America must peel back every layer of its foundation to bring reparations of consciousness for an experiment gone wrong. The American experiment hijacked by bias, prejudice, and indifference must come to terms with its self. 

The total buy-in that it will take to get people of color on board for a vaccine. That may produce a safe kind of herd immunity will only happen with the participation of those disregarded who cry out, sing, write, march, and vote with one voice saying, “I Can’t Stand The Pain.” 

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1 

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