Above is taken from the 2001 French film titled “Vénus Noire” (Black Venus); French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche tells the story of Sawtche atrocious, “the Hottentot Venus,” which was presented at an animal fair in the nineteenth century in Europe. The film highlights the love-hate relationship that Whites have with Blacks. Highly recommended if you can find it. In antiquity, the Venue of Willendorf (or the Venus figurines or fertility goddesses) celebrate the shape of the black woman. This is an historic phenomenon, way beyond a Kardashian, a Minaj or a Lo. See works by J.A. Rodgers, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, etc. The symbolism in this poster is so reflective of what is real; pay close attention to this post.
“…look at those big, brown buttocks, sway, play; invite, delight under dresses that are is tight as their rich brown velvet skin.” – Felipe Luciano (“The Last Poets” on the “Right-On” documentary of 1971)
“Look at the majesty and beauty of our women, look at the prominence and dominance of our men; now imagine looking at all of that under a microscope” – ‘The People’s Scientist’ Dr. Marcus Tillery, Ph.D
Dr. Tillery’s words reign very loud, but, more importantly, are poignantly and scientifically true. Let’s acknowledge from the outset that many will be disturbed by the facts presented in this post. This might disturb your epistemology. It continues to baffle us why people can not acknowledge what is seen by them every day. This post will reflect in totality the profundity of the words of our ancestors:
“As Above, So Below”To fully appreciate what is offered here, clink on to the links, underlines words for more in-depth examples and analysis.
Is there a biological, physiological, metabolic difference in Blacks versus Whites? Absolutely! The academic and scientific journals and publications are filled with this information. In the practical sense you see it everyday. You witness it in sports, in art, in academics, in language, in history, etc. It is everywhere! Yet we have been convinced that what exists, doesn’t. And we buy into this with every weave, every bleacher, every school choice, with every rejection of Black that we can muster. And it’s sickening.
We are going the divide this topic of “Gradualism” into the many different phenomenon, events, and practices where they manifest themselves. Here we are examining it “Under the Microscope” both literally and figuratively. By now if you are following ‘Connecting the Dots’ you know what “Gradualism” means. See our definition in “A Shot in the Dark” post published December 15, 2014. We will examine the “Gradualism” of these differences in the micro by looking at White Blood Cells.
The body possesses a well organized external and internal system of protection. An examination into the world of microbes will attest to this. Your epidermis, which is the largest organ of the body, is a major external component to this system of protection. White Blood Cells (WBC’s) are the major internal (but not exclusive) component to the body’s protective system, it’s immunity system. Although this is not exactly the study that we were seeking-searching and combing through the mountains of scientific papers, journals and publications is tedious work-it definitely serves the purpose. In March 2008, Department of Pathology, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, published in The West Indian Medical Journal the paper titled “White blood cell counts in healthy Jamaican adults”. Normally we would provide you the link for this paper, however for some reason, public access to this paper is no longer available. It was on-line when we referenced it on our radio program on January 30, 2015, and for our research. Now it is only available by request: academic request. The study examined the mean (average) normal WBC for Whites, Blacks, Afro-Caribbeans and Jamaicans. It further divided WBC’s into four of the five main types of WBC’s; Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes and Eosinophils. Luckily, we did copy the means/differential chart. The Geometric Mean Chart from the study demonstrates the subtle but significant differences between Whites and Africans. We are only going to examine the differences between Whites and Africans. Why? Because of the potential for less diversity. No disrespect, but the Afro-Caribbean and Jamaican categories could apply to a wider racial/genetic profile. And the numbers suggest that they do. It is difficult to find out how many actual Africans (free of miscegenation) there are in the world. In the mid 1980’s, it was less than 5%. Is that significant? Absolutely. It is known that the African possesses 5% better eye sight and 20% better hearing. We adapt; it is one of the basic characteristics of life (Biological definition). Pay attention to the numbers, memorize them. (For Academics and/or Researchers, you can request a copy of this study at researchgate.com)
We are going to simplify this as much as possible. This is critical information that we all must understand. The body possesses defense systems, the first being the largest organ of the body, which is your epidermis, your skin. It provides a protective barrier between you and the outside world. If you have studied microbes you know how important the skin is. Next are your White Blood Cells (WBC’s). If something gets past the skin, then the WBC’s are activated and go to work. WBC’s are one of the three components of the Blood; the other two are Red Blood Cells (RBC’s) and Plasma. But we’re not going to deal with those components, not in this post. Unlike the other components of the blood, WBC’s have the ability to move throughout the entire body. WBC’s move in and out of every system, organ, and cell in the body, much as Melanin does. White Blood Cells are also called leukocytes or leucocytes; they are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders. They are your internal warriors, sentinels, and centurions. And they have division, just as any army. Let’s define those (as identified by this study):
- Neutrophils – Neutrophils are the first type of immune cells to respond to and arrive at the site of infection, often within an hour. Neutrophils respond to infection and attack bacteria and other foreign invaders directly. Neutrophils will respond to infection inside the body, but also on the surface, as in the case of skin infections. Neutrophils are also known as polymorphonuclear leukocytes or PMNs. Neutrophils are also known as Granulocytes. Normally, they are the most abundant type of white blood cell in healthy adults
Neutrophils are abundant and make up about 50% to 75% of white blood cells. Neutropenia affects the body’s ability to fight off infections. (Neutropenia is a condition in which the number of neutrophils in the bloodstream is decreased).
- Lymphocytes – Leukocytes that normally makes up about 25% of the total white blood cell count, but can vary widely. Lymphocytes are small white blood cells that play a role in the body’s immune response (that is, in the body’s fight against germs and diseases). There are two main types of lymphocytes, B cells, which produce antibodies that attack foreign molecules (germs and the toxins they produce), and T cells, which recognize foreign substances and process them for removal. The T cells are more complicated, but they can attack the body’s own cells when they are diseased (for example, when the cells have become cancerous or have been invaded by viruses).
- Monocytes – Monocytes are a type of white blood cell that fights off bacteria, viruses and fungi. Monocytes are biggest type of white blood cell in the immune system. Monocytes have a large nucleus that controls the activities of the cells, as well as a few granules in the cytoplasm. Originally formed in the bone marrow, they are released into our blood and tissues. When certain germs enter the body, they quickly rush to the site for attack. Monocytes are Leukocytes that function in the ingestion of bacteria and other foreign particles. They are attracted to bacteria and other foreign matter, which they take in and destroy through phagocytosis. Phagocytosis refers to the process by which a cell takes in large, solid materials. Monocytes make up 5-10% of the total white blood cell count.
- Eosinophils – Eosinophils are responsible for combating multicellular parasites and certain infections in vertebrates. Along with mast cells, they also control mechanisms associated with allergy and asthma. They are granulocytes that develop during hematopoiesis (the formation and development of blood cells) in the bone marrow before migrating into blood. Granulocytes are a category of white blood cells characterized by the presence of granules in their cytoplasm. Eosinophils are known as ‘acid-loving’ as shown by their affinity to coal tar dyes, stains. Eosinophils, normally about 1-3% of the total white blood cell count, are believed to function in allergic responses and in resisting some infections.
As you can see, each of the types of WBC’s that are identified in the study have a specific role, duty, or responsibility. Each has a function depending on what is invading the body. What the numbers, or the geometric means, indicate is very significant. The threshold for what activates an immune response in the African is quite different from what will activate an immune response in Whites. Another way of viewing this is the tolerance level of pathogens, viruses, bacteria, or any foreign invaders in the body is different in Africans versus Whites. Within the body, what will metabolically sound the alarm for the African to go to war, may not even be a wake up call to the White. Is this significant? Absolutely!
What exactly does this mean? Outside of speculation and a bunch of scientific questions, we don’t know exactly. It opens up serious inquiry. Why is this not something that Doctors know? Why is it something that is not taught in Academic settings? Why is this something we know nothing about? The questions are significant!
When you couple this information with the multi-characteristics of Melanin, the qualities and properties of fast twitch muscles versus slow twitch muscles, an Ammonia tolerance and transport system versus our lack of one, the “undying” cells of Henrietta Lacks (and please don’t think that she is the only Black/African to possess that level of cellular integrity) with the outward physical manifestations of Blackness as expressed above (Vénus Noire), and the ones we witness everyday, what do these dots mean? There have been studies conducted on you, particularly your Melanin, for over a hundred years. The annals are filled with this.
“…everything must be examined through the African eye.” – Dr. Cheikh Anta Doip the great Senegal scientist and thinker.
For those that seek more in-depth understanding and knowledge we recommend:
This study by Barbara Bain and her group titled “Ethnic and sex differences in the total and differential white cell count and platelet count.” is much more comprehensive than the one that has been blocked. And this book on Protein Engineering of Melanin and manipulation of Melanin is a must!
Note: My mother would say “if you throw a stone in a crowd of dogs, you’ll know what dog you hit because it is the one that hollar’s the loudest!” Get hard copies people because as we write these post presently scientific and scholarly papers are either disappearing from the internet or getting difficult to search for and/or access.