Housing Projects: Human Experiments on Black Self-Destruction

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Adult mortality was so low that 5,000 adults might have been expected from the observed reproductive rate. [However] even with only 150 adults in the enclosure, stress from social interaction led to such disruption of maternal behavior that few young survived.”
— john b. calhoun

In the 1950s, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health studied the effects of population density by creating an artificial environment for rats and mice where he observed numerous social pathologies from street gangs and homosexuality to neglectful mothers and psychologically withdrawn individuals. The study was repeated in the 1960s and continue to this day on Africans inside and out of america. The place of this identical study was appropriately named “The Projects.” There street gangs, rampant homosexuality, neglectful mothers and psychologically withdrawn individuals are numerous. It’s almost comical. But then again it isn’t. Many are awakened in the hood by gun shots from Black men against Black men. The reasoning? “Territorialism” created by white people–the researchers–who have all the data and all the studies on Black people easily accessible to them and control all of the drugs, guns, and people in the projects–their experiments. Black people all over are in an experiment. Will we break out? Will we organize and break out?

Housing Projects: Human Experiments on Black Self-Destruction
By Onitaset Kumat

In 2004, white people looked back on the history of western psychology and proposed a list of “Forty Studies that Changed Psychology.” Joined by papers from freud, pavlov, milgram and skinner, calhoun’s “Population Density and Social Pathology” (1962) captured the white imagination with hundreds of citations and many references in pop culture including novels, comic books and films. It’s impact on Black life is unquestionable; yet despite its Black impact or white popularity, you’d be hard pressed to find a Black person cognizant of its content. Fortunately, the reading man is a ready man, and not only can a reader find the research, a reader can even find several summaries:

[Observations made of rats which were supplied with unlimited food but limited space {in high-rises no less} showed that:] Dominant males became aggressive, some moving in groups, attacking females and the young. Mating behaviors were disrupted. Some became exclusively homosexual. Others became pansexual and hypersexual, attempting to mount any rat they encountered. Mothers neglected their infants, first failing to construct proper nests, and then carelessly abandoning and even attacking their pups. In certain sections of the pens, infant mortality rose as high as 96%, the dead cannibalized by adults. Subordinate animals withdrew psychologically, surviving in a physical sense but at an immense psychological cost. They were the majority in the late phases of growth, existing as a vacant, huddled mass in the centre of the pens. Unable to breed, the population plummeted and did not recover. The crowded rodents had lost the ability to co-exist harmoniously, even after the population numbers once again fell to low levels. At a certain density, they had ceased to act like rats and mice, and the change was permanent.

In essence, the government-funded calhoun correlated population density with social pathologies and since then Black people have been herded into population dense housing projects and riddled with identical social pathologies: street gangs, confused mating, neglectful mothers, child abandonment, high mortality, withdrawn individuals, no harmony, permanent corruption, kwk. The name ‘projects’ isn’t coincidental and its targeting of Black people isn’t accidental. For instance, on the surface, in the united states of america, the Housing Act of 1968 prohibited the use of high-rise developments for families with children (unlikely given how many children are in high-rises today.) The real legislation in that law was Section 235 which gave white people a means to get out and live in the suburbs, effectively leaving Black people behind to the full wrath of the experiments. And it worked. white people lived in the suburbs and Black people lived in the projects. What we know as white-flight is just ‘when the project begins’ and what we know as ‘gentrification’ is ‘when the project ends.’

Of course, the casual reader may have been mislead into thinking research on rats has no bearing on human beings; however, despite the applicability of the research, the intention of the researcher to apply it to people, the u.s. government funding the research, or the impact of the research on architecture, psychology and science in general–the fact remains that not only do Black people live in ‘Projects’ and white people as early as 1573 correlated dense urban living with ‘rascall and vile sort of men’ (see baret j.); but the more salient fact is that white people have countless studies on Black people and white people control Black environments. Certainly, Black people have a short list of studies on whites, most of which use white studies on white people and few of which are significantly read by Black people; but it’s very similar to the lab rats boldly writing books on their white researchers. Are they truly studying or reiterating? And when they publish with the researchers, is that not more study information for them?

Now, that Black people are studied by whites is undeniable. If you want to learn a fact about Black people, the quickest means is, unfortunately, going to whites. What’s more white people are all very quick on Black facts and statistics; much more so than Black people are of white facts and statistics. However, why white people study Black people isn’t self-evident. I won’t waste much time on conjecture: some will say for sexual accessibility, to financially exploit, to kill us off, to study themselves, because only one Race can be on top, all of the above or none of the above–who knows? The truth is that Black people are in different labs that white people constructed, whether you are in the hood, the prison, the suburbs, the gated community or the white neighborhood. And white people collectively put you there for collective study. What for? Only whites know. What’s more important is for Black people to acquaint themselves with the research and even moreso the smartest solutions out of this predicament.

For instance, it’s self-evident that if social decay is a result of a lack of space, the solution to the Black problem is emigration. In other words, if the excess rats left the laboratory, the remaining society would have thrived. However, in the rat situation and the Black situation, the whites limited his subject’s individual mobility. The classic example is that Black people wish to move out of the hood all the time; but those who are successful in that transition often find themselves priced out of their destination and returning poorer than ever. Why? Because whether you are in the hood or in the suburbs you are a part of the experiment and if, for instance, the researchers in the suburbs want you back in the hood, he need only make a call and you’re back in room 14. Am I lying?

Further, it’s worth noting that in calhoun’s research, he would observe that the mice became territorial and violent toward one another. But to make it easy for him to verify that the mice were territorial he would mark a handful of mice with different colors. Another scientist then commented that despite how mice are color blind he may have created the territories by assigning different colors, in which calhoun noted that it was possible, especially since the mice could possibly smell the difference between the marks. However, he also lended the idea that although the colors were used on the mice, many mice were uncolored but were as territorial notwithstanding. Anyone in the hood can tell you that different projects (territories/turfs) are represented by different gangs who wear different labels which are oftentimes colors [i.e. neighbors in the same building would rarely be gang rivals]. Not everyone in the building wears the label–but in order for whites to easily study them, many gang affiliates do. Two prominent gang colors — blue and red — have been in Black projects since 1969 and 1972, respectively; very shortly after the 1968 Housing Act and for nearly 50-years! And the flags/bandanas that gangs associate with are manufactured and distributed by, you guessed it, white people–the researchers.

It’s easily said, not so easily done, that Black people should disassociate entirely from territorialism. However, it behooves us to condemn without understanding. In the mice situation, the limit of space also meant the limit of roles; in human terms, the limit of space also means the limit of employment. As in, without predators or diseases, the mice lived longer lives and occupied their social roles longer than nature would permit, so a lot of younger mice would reach the age for social roles and be without any. One impact of this was to destroy the mice’s mating, just the same as an unemployed Black man isn’t as attractive to a Black woman as a gainfully employed Black man or, by design [often and unfortunately], a well-to-do white man. Again, a cursory study of the hood–a prominent project being done to us–is that near every local employable opportunity is taken by eurasians; from the stores we shop down to the police force [The police are not only there to kill us, but also to take our jobs!] The few jobs Black people find in the hood are custodial, transportational and more often than not menial; and many of those employees are aged and not going to give those jobs up. So you have countless young Black people without employment yet under normal circumstances it would not be horrible. For instance, if a hiring factory were nearby, hood employment would be solved [Note to Reader: Build a Black Factory {computers, phones, cars, soap, hair products, frozen foods, kwk}]–or if plentiful arable land was nearby, hood employment would be solved. But there are no hiring factories and not enough arable land near hoods. This is by design.

Further, the researchers decided to test what impact they can have on Black people if they offered Black people employment as drug dealers and gave them guns, movies, music videos and comic books which reflected how to effectively make a living violently drug dealing. Note: anyone can tell you that Black people do not import drugs into the united states and Black people do not manufacture guns in the united states, but somehow Black people have possession of large quantities of drugs and guns in the united states and its usually the ones with drugs who have the most guns–and those guns are never pointed at the researchers. Anyone can tell you this. It’s easy to suggest Black people should sell their drugs to white people or point their guns at white people; but the experiment is always being perfected. Today, white people mis-educate Black people in schools. They know, in fact, that most Black people only have an 8th-grade education, to this day. They know Black people will drop-off/drop-out in High School because High School is geared toward College and few Black people (particularly males) aren’t intimidated by College when they are being failed left and right. They designed it and we are the lab rats, falling hook-line-and-sinker. In fact, white people know that this article I am writing is above the 8th-grade level so he knows many Black people would not only pass up reading it but will also be unable to grasp fully what is being written. The cracker is laughing. He designed his system to have minimal flaws.

So what in the world can you do? I personally organized a handful of Brothers and Sisters to go into the hoods (where our population is most dense) and endeavor to radicalize the Black population there. Whether it is making them cognizant of the experiments, informing them on how to organize economically, or giving them self-knowledge above and beyond the 8th-grade, that is what I do aside from these writings. And it’s resisted by Black people! It’s thankless work. I’m even resisted by the Black men and women I organized! Only a handful are 100% committed. So the white man sees yours truly, Onitaset Kumat, petitioning certain communities and he’s laughing. The cracker even nods at me. He looks at me and says, without saying, “Nigger, we would have given you any position your Nigger-ass wanted. You individually are smarter than most of us. In another time, we would look up to you, like we looked up to Kmt, Kush, Timbuktu, Olmec, etc. You are a special Nigger, why you wasting your time on those other Niggers?” But personally, I’m just not with abetting the crackers’ agenda. And it’s upon Black readers and leaders to take the same stance. This white man mis-organized Black communities to be self-destructive. Countless Black people, like the lab rats, are turned against themselves while ignoring the impact that the researchers are having. You’ll have your crowd of Black women saying Black men ain’t it; or Black men saying Black women ain’t it; or Black people keeping white secrets (particularly sex secrets–you know who you are! [read “Pieces of a Puzzle: The One Thing Black Females Will Not Talk About” by Reneathia Tate); or Black people serving white people cheaply. But until Black people wake up to the experiments and work toward undoing it, they will be at the mercy of a sadistic and savage people. Black people today are sexually accessible to whites, servile to whites, working for whites, subjugated by whites, mis-educated by whites, mislead by whites, deprived of maturity by whites, reporting all of their information to whites, requiring permission for basic things by whites, being fed and clothed by whites, studied and experimented on by whites; and these white people make sure of it everyday.

Black man and Black woman, you are in a Project. Call it the hood, call it Prison, call it the suburbs, call it a neighborhood, call it Earth, you are in a Project. The solution has always been what it always was: Maroon and Build For Self. I said it for over five-years and ancestors willing, I’ll keep saying it for another one-hundred years. You must break free of white people: then and only then will you be free. Know yourself, know your enemy, and be the rare African who is 100% committed to our liberation. That rare African is our most valuable asset.

Thank you for reading,
Use this Knowledge for leading,

9 thoughts on “Housing Projects: Human Experiments on Black Self-Destruction

  1. This is the best damn article you’ve ever written!!!!

    I too am resisted for being black, non American AND female by males and females alike. I’ve surmised that the underlying reason why we REFUSE to come together is a spiritual one. We’re under a MASSIVE spell that is constantly be cast on us daily…maybe even several times a day.

    Whites know our real identity and our secrets and they use it against us.

    We’ve been “the project” from day one and it continues and will continue til we break the spell. But…may I point out a silver lining? Even though whites have manufactured this prison for us, they are NOT coming out smelling like roses.

    With all their access to the best medicines, doctors, foods, schools and all that life has to offer, they are DYING OFF at a massive rate mostly at their own hand. Nature despises this pale creature and is wiping them the fuck off the planet…excuse my language.

    Up here, the homeless population has tripled and it’s overwhelmingly WHITE. House after house is up for foreclosure and, you guessed it, it’s owned by these devils themselves.

    Until we stop living life through their destructive white lens and begin to reaffirm our own value of life, this demon will continue to get the better of us.

    That’s where the real challenge begins… with loving ourselves.

    1. Peace,

      As one of the greatest writers I’ve ever had the good fortune to interact with, I’m grateful for you to notice this writing! We are certainly being messed with on a psychological level. The form of this seems to be varied. But I can admit even outside of the “hood, hood,” I noticed many Black people developed two types of “egos.” One ‘ego’ of being mental inferior and another ‘ego’ of being mentally superior. The former leads people to abandon all learning and the latter leads people to either feel learned or seek to feel learned through a eurasian standard. I can recall a time when I thought reading the communist manifesto or understanding hegelian dialectics would have brought me satisfaction. The Public Fool System is one factor in messing with our psychology.

      I think one of the more profound things written in the above article is the reality that most Black people are, developmentally, comparable to an eighth grader. I haven’t noticed it before, but now that I’ve mentioned it, I can see how most conversations among Black people tend to revolve around issues we spoke about in J.H.S. or H.S. The latest headlines are so 8th grade it’s not even funny: “police killed someone,” “double standards among Black women,” “someone didn’t stand during this countries anthem,” “football is on,” “this videogame is good.” There’s not even a reason to know anything to know everything in the Black ‘zeitgeist.’ It’s a shame, really.

      1. I’ve noticed it too.

        We pounce on topics, especially the media and sex, that have naught to do with our liberation. Something I’ve come to accept is the sad fact that many of us do not want to be free from this prison. Life inside the cell is better and more “certain” than life outside where you’ll have to fend for yourself and do for self.

        Maybe what we need, like my friend keeps saying, is that one great thing to happen to us to make us snap out of it.

    2. I’ve finally found someone who truly thinks the same way I have for years. If more of us shared this perspective and knowledge we would be unstoppable!

      1. I included this in my book, “The Pro-Black Compendium.” I thought more people should read it definitely!

        Are you able to get a copy?

  2. “Black man and Black woman, you are in a Project. Call it the hood, call it Prison, call it the suburbs, call it a neighborhood, call it Earth, you are in a Project. The solution has always been what it always was: Maroon and Build For Self. I said it for over five-years and ancestors willing, I’ll keep saying it for another one-hundred years. You must break free of white people: then and only then will you be free. Know yourself, know your enemy, and be the rare African who is 100% committed to our liberation. That rare African is our most valuable asset.”
    Another great post Onitaset! You never disappoint brother. Be sure to check out my Kushite Kingdon Awards post. I gave you a much deserved shout out. Peace and be well brother.

    1. Peace,

      I saw it but my computer is still down. It was very well done and some categories were too funny. “Most outspoken Mulatto” and “Best Impersonation of a Black Person.” :)

      Too good! I’ll need a computer to fully appreciate the post, but I appreciate the mention and would definitely hope it continues for another year!

      1. Thanks Onitaset. I tried to have fun with it. As well as give some much deserved recognition to some great bloggers. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers. Many of them are very inspiring. They give me hope for the future. Well drop by when you get a chance. I’m sure many of my subscribers would love to hear your thoughts.

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