Mothering The DNA of Fear


I am inspired, yet perplexed by quotations flooding social media with the intent of inspiring and uplifting women.  These quotes receive thousands of “likes” by readers, including me. 

Woman, “the creator of life.”  Repeat that to yourself… ”the creator of life… hu-man kind”, needing affirmed by external voices, when life begins in her womb.  When did “the creator of life” relinquish woman’s innate cellular authority to be less than any other being? Women hold a place of cellular authority that should not be changed nor denied by public policy or legislation.  Yet through marches, speeches and petitions, women have been forced to plead a case for equality and recognition, pleading to an authority of decision-makers, born in the womb of a woman.  

At the risk of being viewed as an insensitive African American woman, I understand Kanye West’s controversial statement.  West has received much of criticism for saying, Africans remained slaves because they wanted to be slaves.  I was not upset nor offended by his comment.  Kanye failed to explain, if he knows, why his statement has validity and can be a proven fact.  You see, the power of the “DNA of fear” is real and scientifically documented. 

This DNA of paralyzing fear passed through generations of the African slave subjected to acts of brutality, rape, lynching and the separation of families.  This inhuman treatment inflicted psychological damage to the victims and to their descendants. This DNA of fear kept thousands of slaves under control even though they outnumbered their oppressors. If there was any sign that the imposed physical and mental degradation left an ounce of courage to resist, that courage was met with public torture and beatings.

These events sent clear messages to those witnessing that you must suppress resistance and relinquish to the authorities with the whips and the chains.

The powerful physiological DNA of fear works on every human being, including women.   After the Emancipation Proclamation, some former slaves returned to the plantation of oppression and fear, because they had no place to go, no skills to manage life on their own and it was the slaves’ norm.