Africans have masked depression


For four hundred years, 1500-1900, Aro people captured and sold Igbo people into slavery; it took the British under Lord Lugard, to storm Arochukwu in 1902 to stop Aros from enslaving Igbos. Your (name withheld) refusal to do some introspection, reflection, and deep thinking and, instead, engage in superficial rationalizations and quickly blaming Europeans for slavery and denying the role of your Aro people in capturing Igbos and selling them into slavery is truly amazing. Perhaps, the below essay may help you to accept responsibility for what your people did to my Igbo people. Your efforts to make us not see what your criminal people did to us and have us only blame Europeans will not do. Your people were in cahoots with European enslavers and must be made to pay a price for their existential crime. You can count on this Igbo high priest called Ozodiobi Nwa Osuji-Njoku making sure that your dreadful people are made to pay a price for their crimes against my Igbo people.

Ozodi Osuji

     The world should brace for when Africans become clinically depressed and begin committing mass suicide and or killing each other. This will occur when they accept the enormity of their people’s existential crime of roaming around their continent, capturing their people and selling them as slaves.

     In the past two thousand years Africa’s presence in the world was characterized by supplying other people with slaves; they supplied slaves to Romans, to Arabs and to Europeans to build America with.

     It can only be imagined what Africa was like as folks ran around capturing their people and selling them to Arabs and Europeans; it must have been hell on earth; children and adults must  have lived in tremendous fear and anxiety; all Africans were traumatized by slavery and, as such, behave as we see them behave today, as if they have no brains in their heads when, in fact, the range of their intelligence is as found in other human groups. 

     What they did to their people was so dreadful, criminal, and sinful that they had to deny that they did it at a conscious level. To the present they do not want to talk about the role their ancestors played in slavery.

     They are more at home talking about the role of Europeans in slavery, they do not talk about the role played by Arabs, who participated longer in slavery than Europeans (even the prophet Mohammed had slaves!).

     The salient point is that Africans are in denial over their ancestors’ role in slavery. They repressed that awareness, denied it, suppressed it, displaced it, projected it out, and rationalized it (and employ other defense mechanisms to cope with their existential crime of selling their people…they have self-contempt for what they did but deny it hence their superficiality).

       At some point, education in western ways will finally enable them to penetrate to the awareness of the enormity of their existential crime in the past and present  (today, most of their political leaders are thieves carting their people’s wealth to themselves while the people live in abject poverty); they are always blaming Europeans for their people’s  suffering, suffering that  they caused their people…they are continuing in their ancestors sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors).

      When they become aware of what they did, and still do, they will suffer mass depression (self-hatred, losing interest in the activities of daily living, not wanting to play, go to school, go to work, and just want to be left alone to die).

   Look beneath their current denials (paranoia, delusion disorder) is depression from their past evil.

      I predict that towards the end of this present century Africans will start manifesting their undercurrent existential depression and begin committing mass suicide.

     We must, therefore, help them to recognize their ancestors’ crime and gently help them to make amends for them; denying what they did and blaming other people, hence their superficial personalities, will no longer do.

      All of us take ownership of the evils we do and must make amends for them; we must stop sweeping our evil under the rug while talking about other people’s bad behaviors.

    Jesus Christ said, stop talking about the grain of sand in other people’s eyes and first remove the plank in your eyes preventing you from seeing clearly.

     What we see in other people is mostly in us and we deny it and project it to other people and talk about it as if it is in them but not us.

     Those who blame others for their evil behaviors are really talking about their own evil behaviors that they feel blamable for but repressed awareness of them.

     One is not saying that slave buyers were not guilty, they were guilty but certainly not as guilty as those who captured and sold their siblings, as Africans did.

      Europeans must pay their own price for their role in slavery but that is for them to do, as Africans we must deal with our end of the equation.

   Why did our ancestors capture and sell Africans to Arabs and to Europeans, why did they cause our people enormous pain and suffering, were they incapable of introspection to realize the pain and suffering they caused their people that they sold?

    They knew what they were doing was wrong but denied it and now blame only those they sold their people to.

     As I pointed out elsewhere, Africans must pay African Americans and African Arabs reparations to make amends for their crimes; until they do so nothing is really going to work out well for them.

      You cannot commit a crime and pretend like you are innocent. Only loving behavior makes us innocent, not using and discarding people or selling them.

    For our present purposes, I am warning that Africans have masked depression. In psychoanalysis, it is said that deluded and paranoid people are really depressed but deny it with their sham desire for superiority and power to mask their underlying sense of inferiority, inadequacy, and powerlessness

For further reading

 Meissner, William (1978). Paranoid Process, New York, Aronson.

 Swanson, David et al (1970). The Paranoid, New York: Little Brown and Company.

Ozodi Osuji

September 21, 2022

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