The fallacy that race is an aspect of one’s identity and that racism either validates or invalidates one’s identity has created a high level of resentment and anxiety among people. I speak of race and racism as fallacies because an analysis of race reveals that the concept subsumes interlocking ideologies which are themselves based on fallacies. In turn, the fallacies in concepts of race obfuscate the fact that racism itself is one of a subset of ideologies created for the purpose of sustaining a higher-level framework of theory and practice, a framework I refer to as the Caucasian paradigm.
Though Black people experience the articulation of racist thought and action as intrusive and destructive aspects of our experience, most of us do not recognize racism as an aspect of the Caucasian paradigm. As a result, Black people planet-wide continue to confront racism as if it’s a social justice issue. The belief that racism is a social justice issue is the reason attempts to fight it fail time and again. To get rid of racism and its attendant ideologies, Black people need to recognize racism as an aspect of the Caucasian paradigm and destroy the paradigm in its entirety.
I draw the term Caucasian from a body of research by the Lithuanian-American archaeologist and anthropologist, Marija Gimbutas, who in 1956 proposed the Kurgan theory, which located the genesis of the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) speaking people within the Pontic Steppe bordering the Caucasus Mountains.1 The Kurgan theory, also known as the steppe theory, is said to be the theory most widely accepted among anthropologists as that which identifies the homeland of the PIE speaking people.
Thus, when I use the term Caucasian, I attempt to locate the so-called “white race” within its ancient homeland, as opposed to allowing the Caucasian ideological apparatuses of the UK, USA and Western Europe to continue to claim for Caucasians those ancestral lands appropriated from various autochthonous peoples as part of a centuries-long Caucasian imperative of lebensraum. During the course of this analysis, I will attempt to map the scholarship which followed the migrations of Caucasians to this place, for those migrations and the manner in which the people settled shed light upon certain aspects of the Caucasian paradigm which would otherwise be inexplicable.
I use Thomas Kuhn’s definition of paradigm developed in his monograph “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” published in 1962.2 In this essay, Kuhn, a Harvard scholar, defines a paradigm as a conceptual box which both validates and legitimizes the ideas within it, and invalidates and renders invisible whatever is outside it.
A paradigm defines what is known and how it is known. It defines the relevance of what is known. A paradigm dictates what can be known and should be known, as well as that which is not known and should not be known. It dictates what’s included in one’s experience and what’s excluded. It defines how people should understand and respond to their experiences, both those which should be and are included, and those which should be and are excluded.
With regard to knowledge, a paradigm is the shared set of understandings or premises with which knowledge practitioners work. It defines the problem to be solved as well as its solution. A paradigm allows a researcher in the process of solving a problem to distinguish those facts that matter from those that do not. It defines what is relevant, controls fact-gathering and identifies the boundaries within which problems can be understood. Within the framework of the paradigm, practitioners are not supposed to discover new sorts of phenomena. Rather, the paradigm suppresses and makes invisible whatever does not conform to it.²
A Caucasian paradigm is in force planet-wide. It emerged as a military, political and socio-economic system about 2,000 years ago, though it was in a developmental stage for several millennia before then. Its ascendency occurred at the final stages of the invasion and defeat of the superpower, Kemet, the first frontier of the powerful kingdoms of Africa. Ever since then, the paradigm has spread across the continent of Africa. Its intention is to appropriate the most powerful of the assets of the African civilizations which flourished there for over 100,000 years and re-brand them as Caucasian, while stripping the continent of its people and natural resources. The most brutal forms of violence have been employed against African landmasses, ecosystems, animal cultures and human cultures to effect this.
Meanwhile, the life experience of every individual and creature on the planet – including animals, who experience the planet with people, and including ecosystems, with their astonishing variety of insects and flora, indeed, every sentient entity upon our sentient planet – is currently occurring within a Caucasian paradigm. We perceive ourselves and all aspects of our lives and our planet through its ideological apparatuses. Contrary to what most people believe, our life experiences do not occur in a value-free, organic and natural manner, but are deliberately engineered and represented to privilege the fallacy of Caucasian superiority.
In essence, the Caucasian paradigm comprises a comprehensive network of systems which include economic, political, religious, educational and entertainment apparatuses, whose aim is to facilitate the exploitation of planetary resources at the expense of human well-being. It is a complement of shared meanings and social norms intended to appropriate for a small number of Caucasian elites power over all the peoples on the planet. It has spread to nearly every area of the planet, and people everywhere continue to be initiated into it to their detriment. The major features of the Caucasian paradigm are:
Resetting of the “planetary calendar” with the intention of destroying Black concepts of time and the cosmos previously in force planet-wide through
Creation of a calendar which, roughly 2,000 years ago, reset planetary and cosmic time at 1AD
Creation of different seasons, and different names for planets, constellations and phenomena within the cosmos from those previously created by Africans
Creation of different years, months, weeks and days
Creation of a split planetary timeline dividing time into historical time and pre-historical time
Spreading of Caucasian ideologies throughout the planet by
Privileging of the male, and subordination of the female
Replacing the female creatrix with a male creator
Creation of religious mythology exalting the false notion of a male creator
Creation of gods, goddesses, devils, demons, angels, fairies, vampires, zombies, and other supernatural non-existent entities
Replacing matriarchal societies with patriarchal societies
Creation of misogyny
Institutionalizing of killing of females, girls and phoetuses
Institutionalizing of sterilization of women
Mutilation of female reproductive organs
Silencing of women
Reduction of women and girls to house-bound servants and/or sexual objects
Privileging of the Caucasian and subordination of the African
Creation of the socio-scientific myth of racism
Creation of socio-economic stratification according to racial classification
Stratification of people according to the shade of their skin
Conferring honorary Caucasian status upon People of Color
Genocide of People of Color
Attempted genocide of Black people
Unrelenting attempts to appropriate Africa from Africans
Disrespecting of the Black presence on the planet
Privileging of economic activity at the expense of human well-being
Creation of the ideology of fiat money
Creation of capitalism
Buying and selling of money
Creation of industries for the purpose of creating money
Creation of companies for the purpose of buying and selling money
Using money as an apparatus to disenfranchise the majority of the people on the planet, especially Black people.
Obfuscation of meaning through the creation and promotion of ideologies, epistemologies and philosophies
The spreading throughout the planet of Indo-European languages which limit peoples understanding of their experiences
Creation of schools and academies for promoting misinformation through such pseudo knowledges as
Using pseudo knowledges to create and promote such ideologies as
Religion (Christianity/ Judaism/Islam/ Hinduism/ Budhism)
Creation of unnatural science, the theory and practice of which is dedicated to the alteration and mutation of natural planetary forces and planetary species, including the human being
Genetic research designed to re-engineer the human being
Genetic research designed to re-engineer animals
Genetic research designed to re-engineer the planet’s ecosystems containing the food supplies of people and animals
Creation of unnatural technologies, such as machines, which mimic the natural technologies inherent within the planet, and mimic the natural technologies which inhere in the human being
Creation of diseases
Promotion of pathological behaviors, such as
Creation of mass identities
Creation of individual identities
Creation of the follower personality through “social media”
Exploitation of planetary resources at the expense of human well-being through
Creation and maintenance of wars and weapons of war which kill people and animals and destroy landmasses
Creation of nuclear and bio weapons which create increasingly expanding zones of nuclear contamination across the planet and in the oceans
Uncontrolled and destructive mining of the planet’s natural resources
Creation of deserts and unstable landmasses
Creation of pesticides which destroy ecologies/ Beyer
Genetic engineering of the planet’s seed and food resources/ Monsanto
Creation of unnatural, factory-made substances marketed and sold as “food” which interrupt and destroy the natural functions of the human body, creating diseases
slaughter and consumption of animals which destroy the natural functioning of the human body, creating diseases
Creation of lethal medicines to apply to the deadly diseases
Creation of tons and tons of garbage and lots and lots of pollution that disrupt the natural functioning of the planet and the oceans
Creation of ideological apparatuses which normalize the pathologies of the paradigm and keep people locked into destructive habits and addictions, through
the film industry
the television industry
the entertainment industry
The operationalization of the above aspects of the Caucasian paradigm in the lives of people render the daily experience of all people on the planet, as well as animals, plants and varieties of sentient life, unbearably difficult. People who previously lived in freedom beyond the boundaries of the paradigm are being lured into it with the promise of improved quality of life. Ironically, most people are unaware that every aspect of their lives are shaped by the paradigm, believing instead that the horrors it unleashes upon them daily are all a natural part of “life.”
That people regard the paradigm as a “natural” aspect of life is its greatest strength, for when they don’t understand their experiences as deliberately engineered, individuals who seek to improve their quality of life and the quality of the lives of those within their spheres of influence take inappropriate action and seek to eliminate parts of the paradigm. Some fight racism, others fight patriarchy, or the evils of religion, or pollution, or poverty, or so-called climate change. But these are subsets of the Caucasian paradigm and cannot be destroyed on their own. To get rid of them, we must destroy the paradigm itself through a combination of knowledge and action, by pressing such knowledge and action into the service of the re-creation and re-establishment of an African centered paradigm upon the planet capable of encompassing all aspects of the Black experience and capable of honoring the lives of all peoples on the planet.
Initially, the creation of an African centered paradigm would comprise detailed and rigorous analysis of every aspect of the Caucasian paradigm, and would encompass a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary scholarship. Abdul Kareem Bangura (2011) has defined being African centered as a quality of thought and practice which “represents and reflects the life experiences, history and traditions of African people as the center of analysis.” (p.149). As such, an African centered paradigm is initially shaped by Black peoples’ intellectual/scholarly contemplation and codification of those necessary actions undertaken in the social spaces. Intellectual and scholarly approaches include
Historicity – the demonstration, by means of the historiography of African centered historians, of the presence of Africans in the development of civilization;
Epistemology – the privileging of an African epistemology, including an African theory of knowledge, which encompasses an African conception of the nature of knowledge, the means used to gain knowledge, the criteria for the assessment of the validity of knowledge, the purpose of the pursuit of knowledge, and the role that knowledge plays in human existence.
Narrative – the telling of stories cognizant of the many complexities of the events which come together to tell as much of the story as can be told.
An African centered paradigm is therefore, a means by which to present a complex, cohesive view of the Black experience, one which possesses explanatory and interpretative power.
1Marija Gimbutas, “The Prehistory of Eastern Europe, Part 1: Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Copper Age Cultures in Russia and The Baltic Area,” American School of Prehistoric Research 20, (1956).
2Thomas Kuhn, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” International Encyclopedia of Unified Science 2, no. 2 (1962).