‘Alone With Jesus’  is a collection of daily devotions born out of author Mychal Massie’s quiet time with Jesus over the past thirty-six years as a born again Christian and ordained minister. The devotions are intended to help you see and live a life of Christ in your daily lives.

White People Owe “Poe-Black Folks” Sleep: I’m Not Kidding

Just in time for Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, the crazies are once again raising their caduceus of victimology. It is hardly ruminative to reintroduce the fact that the majority of blacks find their value in being victims only marginally less important than they do being a crayon color.

If there is an opportunity for these “poe colored folks” to be a victim, they are all in. I dare say, that presented with a new opportunity to be a victim makes many of them sit up on their hind haunches and paw the air as if Pavlov were waving a soup bone in front of them.

For those who view my words as harsh, let me hasten to say that I agree with you, they are harsh, but nowhere near harsh enough. We are beyond the point of “you catch more flies with honey blah-blah-blah.” It is time for them to be splashed in the face with the brutal, ice-cold truth, because heretofore being nice and attempts to appease have ended in unmitigated failure.

The latest pillow for reparations-minded blacks to rest their gnarled heads upon is the claim that as part of their reparations packages, blacks should also receive rest/sleep. I kid you not.

In an article that appears to have been etched by someone who goes by the name of Janine Francois, we read: “Just as sleep deprivation was used as a means to control slaves, the modern-day ‘sleep gap’ weighs down many black people today.” In fact the article this is taken from is titled: “Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest.” (See: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/d3bbay/sleep-gap-black-slavery-reparations-black-power-naps)

Exactly how would that work? Would a person get an extra hour of sleep time for every $100,000 they receive in reparations? Or would they invent another form of calculus to figure things out?

Another question that demands an answer is exactly what part of unicorns and candy-cane make-believe history class did this Francois person unearth the heretofore unknown “slaves were abused with sleep deprivation?” Did the slave owners blast head-banger music on their plantation Victrolas.

If there is a scintilla of truth to what I strongly suspect is a damnable lie about forced sleep deprivation of slaves, just how were the slaves expected to pick cotton, work in the fields and do other chores in the Southern heat?

Revisionist history fails to acknowledge that most of the Southern farmers were poor themselves and said being the case, the last thing they were going to do was destroy what amounted to their farm equipment. Where were they supposed to get the money to replace and/or add slaves at a whim?

The article claims: “A growing amount of research has found that Black Americans experience significantly less slow-wave sleep, the kind required for actual, rejuvenating rest, than white Americans. The lack of slow-wave sleep can cause serious mental and physical health issues, including premature death. This disparity, or “sleep gap,” has been subject of numerous studies, some of which have found that Black Americans are five times more likely than white Americans to feel sleepy during the day, and on average get an hour less sleep per night than white Americans.”

This is whole other level victimology. Who knew that white people were cheating blacks out of sleep? Have any of these geniuses, supposedly conducting the studies, considered that blacks get less sleep during the night because they stay in bed more during the day? I’m only marginally joking.

Also, who knew that lack of sleep brought on by those old evil slave owners was more responsible for premature deaths of black folks than abortion. I find it a sad commentary that these people are trying to use sleep deprivation as coinage in their continued attempts to extort money through reparations, but they totally ignore the fact that black women are the single greatest threat to black longevity? Over 20 million black women have murdered their unborn children. It’s curious that these people have no complaint about the lack of personal respect and birth control by murder, but they spend time inventing new avenues of victimology.

The author states: “There’s no consensus on what, causes the sleep gap. As reported by The Atlantic in 2015, however, leading theories point to both experiences of discrimination and structural inequality, aspects of one’s environment that make one feel unsafe and insecure, as root causes.” Imagine that!! Those old bugaboos of “discrimination and structural inequality” rear their oft-used heads.

Did they stop to consider that the “aspect of one’s environment” that made them feel unsafe and insecure were the root problems because the slaves came from Africa? Did it ever occur to these people that if Africans slept too soundly, they might end up as waste byproducts of lions, tigers, pythons, hyenas, and a plethora of other indigenous species that savored the taste of African flesh? I know things like that would keep me awake at night.

These jaundiced ambsace fomenters of victimhood also overlook the fact, that just maybe, the blacks they are referencing do not sleep well because of the neighborhoods they live in. Neighborhoods where sitting on the front steps of your house can result in their being killed or sitting inside watching television a person can suffer death from lethal projectiles crashing through the walls or windows, fired from stolen guns. People who aren’t looking for something for nothing like the writer of this article, would view the risk of drive-by shootings and/or gang killings as a potential causal factor for being uncomfortable.

The author continues: “The modern-day sleep gap continues to weigh down many black people, like me, today. I can feel it in me: It breaks my spirit, as I exist in between half-conscious states; never fully awake or asleep, never able to distinguish between the two. This may be the true power of racism, its force encompasses everything, seeping into our dreams at night and deflating our capacity to envision a better future. How can the radical black imagination rebel against a system that so thoroughly seeks to destroy us? What would a future look like where we are liberated, reparations are paid, and we can finally rest?

I would suggest the author stop doing drugs and/or drinking to excess if as she claims, she is having difficulty distinguishing reality from dreams. If that fails to resolve things, than I would suggest she seek psychiatric help.

I conclude by saying anyone able to dream up crapoloa like the author alleges, isn’t suffering from a lack of imagination. As for what black domiciles would look like if they got reparations? Do I really have to answer that? Does she really want me to tell her what I think it would look like?

Mychal Massie

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Mychal Massie

Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here

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