The Browning of the World…Thus, 10 Countries Desperately Want People To Have More Sex…A white Problem…Always Has Been…But It’s Worse Now
There are few things more important than fertility in determining a nation’s future viability.
Demographers suggest that a country needs a fertility rate of just over two children per woman to hit “replacement fertility” — the rate at which new births fill the spaces left behind by deaths.
But because of certain cultural and economic forces, only about half of the world’s 224 countries currently hit replacement fertility.
For those that don’t, encouraging people to have sex can involve strategies that range from highly explicit to downright bizarre.
Is that Boyz II Men I hear?
If you aren’t going to have a kid for your own family, Danes are told, at least do it for Denmark.
No, literally, do it for Denmark.
The small Nordic country has such a low fertility rate — about 1.73 children per woman — that Spies Rejser, a Danish travel company, has come up with ingenious incentives to persuade women to get pregnant.
First, it offered to provide three years’ worth of baby supplies to couples who conceived on a vacation booked through the company.
Now it has come up with a sexy campaign video titled “Do it for Mom,” which guilt trips couples into having kids to give their precious mothers a grandchild.
Vladimir Putin once brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to rile men up right before Valentine’s Day.
Can anyone blame him? As Tech Insider recently reported, the country is experiencing a perfect demographic storm. Men are dying young. HIV/AIDS and alcoholism are crippling the country. And women aren’t having babies.
The problem got so bad that in 2007 Russia declared September 12 the official Day of Conception.
On the Day of Conception, people get the day off to focus on having kids. Women who give birth exactly nine months later, on June 12, win a refrigerator.
Japan’s fertility rate has been below replacement since 1975.
To offset that decades-long trend, in 2010 a group of students from the University of Tsukuba introduced Yotaro, a robot baby that gives couples a preview of parenthood.
If men and women begin thinking of themselves as potential fathers and mothers, the students theorized, they’ll feel emotionally ready to take a stab at the real thing.
The 1960s in Romania were a perilous time for couples.
Population growth flatlined, prompting the government to impose a 20% income tax for childless couples and to implement provisions that made divorce nearly impossible.
The idea was: If you weren’t contributing to the communist state by creating future laborers, you had to contribute with dollars instead.
The 1980s weren’t much better, however — women faced forced gynecological exams that were performed by “demographic command units” to ensure pregnancies went to term. When Romanian leadership changed in 1989, the brutal policy finally came crashing down. But at 1.31 children per woman, the fertility rate is still well below replacement.
Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world, at just 0.81 children per woman.
On August 9, 2012, the Singaporean government held National Night, an event sponsored by the breath-mint company Mentos, to encourage couples to “let their patriotism explode.”
The country has also placed a limit on the number of small one-bedroom apartments available for rent to encourage people to live together and, presumably, procreate.
Each year the government spends roughly $1.6 billion on programs to get people to have more sex.
On the third Wednesday of every month, South Korean offices shut their lights off at 7 p.m. It’s known as Family Day.
With a fertility rate of just 1.25 children per woman, the country takes any steps it can to promote family life — even offering cash incentives to people who have more than one child.
India as a whole has no problem with fertility — the country’s ratio of 2.48 children per woman is well above replacement.
But the number of people in India’s Parsis community is dwindling — it shrank from roughly 114,000 people in 1941 to just 61,000 in 2001, according to the 2001 census.
That problem led to a series of provocative ads in 2014, including one that read “Be responsible — don’t use a condom tonight.” Another, geared toward men who lived at home, asked, “Isn’t it time you broke up with your Mum?”
The ads seem to be working: By the latest measure, the population has inched back to 69,000.
With a fertility rate of 1.43 — well below the European average of 1.58 — Italy has taken a controversial approach to encourage citizens to have more kids.
As Bloomberg reports, the country has been running a series of ads reminding Italians that time might be running out and that kids don’t just come from nowhere.
“Beauty knows no age, fertility does,” one ad said. “Get going! Don’t wait for the stork,” another said.
Couples haven’t responded positively to the guilt trip. Francesco Daveri, a professor of economics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, has called the ads a failure.
With a fertility rate of just 1.18 children per woman, Hong Kong faces the same challenge as many industrialized countries: Without enough young people to replace aging citizens, populations are dwindling and economic growth is slowing.
In 2013, the country proposed giving cash handouts to couples to encourage them to have kids.
The idea took its cue from Singapore, where parents receive a “baby bonus” of about $4,400 for their first two children and $5,900 for their third and fourth.
But in Hong Kong, the plan never came to life.
Fertility rates in Spain are creeping downward while unemployment is rising: About half of all young people don’t have a job. It’s the second-highest rate in Europe, behind Greece.
To combat the worrying trends, the Spanish government hired a special commissioner, Edelmira Barreira, in January 2017. Her first tasks are finding the myriad causes of the trend and devising macro strategies to reverse it .
“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Barreira told the Spanish newspaper Faro De Vigo.
Demographic Trends: Political Implications and The Future of White Supremacy …People of Color Need Know 2 B Woke
A Common but False Perspective
According to a widely shared belief, Africans are disappearing at a fast pace, and soon, Africa may very well be completely depopulated. “In one hundred years,” a friend of mine proclaimed authoritatively not too long ago, “There will be nobody left in Africa.” That such a demoralizing narrative should have become widespread is not really surprising since it is continuously reinforced by Western media always eager to show images of troubled Africans dying and starving. AFRICA IS A LARGE, POPULOUS CONTINENT AND WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH THE ICONS OF DISASTER FROM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TO LIBERIA, FROM GUINEA TO ERITREA, AS IF THE ENTIRE CONTINENT AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN THE AGONY OF DEATH. Indeed, whether it is ravages allegedly caused by AIDS, famines or wars, the future, we are thus led to believe, looks quite bleak for Africans on the continent. (Of course, we are never told where AIDS or the weapons used by Africans to kill one another came from).
The Dwindling European …
Yet, such a narrative does not survive even a cursory review of the latest reports on African demographic trends, such as the 2015 United Nations Report on World Population Prospects. In fact, contrary to what is widely proclaimed and believed, it is clear that far from dying, African people are reproducing at a faster rate than most other people. The current African fertility rate is quite high, with 4.9 children per woman, compared to a world average of 2.5 children per woman. In addition, since the African population is quite young, with 70% being under the age of 19, there is an inbuilt momentum for population growth. Moreover, not only are large numbers of African babies being born every day, but life expectancy has also increased significantly (by 6 years in the 2000’s) in Africa as well, which means that Africans live longer lives. The current African population is about 1.2 billion and is expected to reach 2 billion in the next 20 years or so. According to the United Nations Report, “Africa continues to experience very high rates of population growth. Between 2015 and 2050, the populations of 28 African countries are projected to more than double. By 2100, ten African countries are projected to increase by at least five-fold: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.” As for Nigeria, it is expected to have the third largest population in the world by 2050: “Nigeria’s population, currently the seventh largest in the world, is growing the most rapidly. Consequently, the population of Nigeria is projected to surpass that of the United States by about 2050, at which point it would become the third largest country in the world.” NIGERIA HAS ALREADY SURPASSED THE POPULATION OF EVERY EUROPEAN NATION AS WELL AS RUSSIA. THIS WILL INCREASINGLY BECOME A POLITICAL ITEM OF DISCUSSION AMONG EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS.
Why, then, one is compelled to ask at this point, this spread of gloomy lies about the physical demise of Africans? With so many young men and women on the African continent, one may only imagine Africa, not as moribund, but as a vibrant place, full of life, ideas, projects, AND dreams to be realized –especially given the many natural endowments of Africa. One realizes, of course, that the construction of Africa as place of death continues to occupy a central place in the paradigm of Afro-pessimism in which Africa is supposedly a “lost, dark continent,” from which Europeans have tried to rescue the “natives,” through enslavement and colonization, and today, through “globalization.” The objective is, among others, to make Africans lose hope in themselves, and continue to look to Europe for salvation while Europe continues to plunder Africa.
European Populations are in Decline
whites will become a minority in Marseilles within the next fifteen years or so. Of course, as foreigners move into France, England, and other parts of Europe, they do not simply bring their physical selves but also their culture. Thus, a grand mosque is being built in Marseilles as we write, which will have the capacity to house no less than 7,000 worshipers of the Arab god, Allah. The whole project is expected to cost $28 million. Attempts by a group of white citizens to prevent the erection of the Mosque failed in court (Kempf, 2008, p. 51).
Whites have also lost considerable demographic ground, and will continue to do so, in the United States as well. In effect, the white population has declined by 24% in 50 years, decreasing from 88% of total population in 1960 to 64% in 2010. For the first time, according to the 2010 Census, babies of color outnumbered white babies under the age of two, and white children will become an absolute minority by 2020, that is, in only a few years from now. Moreover, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau in June 2015,white people are dying faster than they are being born, and are thus expected to become a numerical minority in the US in the next 30 years (Kempf, 2008, pp. 101-102). Five states (California, Texas, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Nevada), as well as the District of Columbia already have a majority population of color.
What thus emerges is a similar demographic scenario in the “white” world characterized by low fertility rates due to cultural preferences (e. g., individualism, materialism); anti-life attitudes; as well as physiological impairment, most specifically decreasing sperm counts. According to a study of semen quality performed in Western countries between 1938 and 1990, for example, the sperm counts of European men has decreased by 50% over 50 years! And there is no reason to believe that it has not continued to decrease since 1990. In fact, a more recent study of semen quality conducted in France between 1989 and 2005 suggests just that, with a loss of one-third of sperm. Possible causes for such a development include stress, environmental chemicals (e.g., pesticides, plastics); an unhealthy diet (highly processed foods, loaded with sugar, hormones, antibiotics, trans-fat, dies, and fake salt, and more recently, GMOs), as well as cellular telephones.
While one would never suspect, based on the information conveyed by Western media, the dire situation in which Europeans find themselves (by their own doing), Kempf laments with good reason that “If the demographic processes outlined in this book continue unabated, then the very existence of all European people is in grave danger.” (Kempf, 2008, p. 143). What he suggests to ensure white survival is no less than separation, in the form of what he calls an “ethnostate,” a “European homeland” similar to Israel for the Jews. Europeans would withdraw there and protect themselves the best they can from foreign encroachment, all in the hope of protecting their white genes and culture. Needless to say that this is already a lost battle for sooner or later Europeans will end up vanishing due to very low reproduction rates – even more rapidly if they are left on their own.
Strategic Responses to European Population Decline
White elites have been aware of this danger for quite a long time. They have met behind doors, and probably continue to do so in order to find solutions to their self-inflicted predicament. As early as 1929, the famous American Philosopher of Science, Bertrand Russell would declare that “It cannot be expected that the most powerful military nations will sit still while other nations reverse the balance of power by mere breeding.” To be honest, Kempf’s recommendation of the creation of a separate European state is on the gentle side since the author does not recommend exterminating us. Other recommendations, however, have been far less benign, as it was revealed, for example, when NSSM 200 was declassified in 1990. The National Security Study Memorandum 200, also called The Kissinger Report, defined the official US policy toward the so-called “over-population” problem, that is, the rapid growth of babies of color around the world. Several agencies, such the CIA, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as the Departments of State, Defense and Agriculture were involved in drafting US policy toward people of color. In a nutshell, it was resolved that the US should take swift measures to prevent or curtail the demographic expansion of people of color since such expansion would interfere with US access to natural resources around the world. In Kissinger’s own terms, “(…) the U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad; especially from less developed countries. That fact gives the U.S. enhanced interest in the political, economic, and social stability of the supplying countries. Wherever a lessening of population pressures through reduced birth rates can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the United States.“ The implementation of population control programs was thus a high priority, with a push for the legalization of abortion worldwide; financial rewards for nations to augment and maintain their abortion, sterilization and contraception-use rates; the brainwashing of children of color; paying women of color to have abortions; or simply demanding population control in exchange for food relief during a disaster. NSSM 200 also emphasized that US policy should not be carried openly by the US government in order to avoid charges of, and resistance to foreign imperialism, but instead should be implemented by US-controlled agencies and NGOs. Therefore, one should not be surprised that in 1986, for example, the World Bank announced that, as far as Africa was concerned, its top priority was the reduction of the African population. Any loan from the World Bank would automatically include a commitment to population reduction on the part of the borrowing African country. Also, the Population Council, an agency created in 1952 by John Rockefeller III, and heavily involved in population reduction schemes around the world, has also received generous support from the US government, such as a $2 million grant to curtail the fertility of “poor” women in the United States in 1969.
Crafting a Logic for the Masses to Believe
Finally, in any case, NSSM 200 insisted that population control programs should always be presented as altruistic, that is, as having the interest of the people of people of color at heart, for example, the defense of people’s “right” to not have children, or only a few, of women’s “rights,” or facilitating “development,” since it was said and repeated that a large population hinders “development,” with Europe and America being held as success stories and models to emulate.
In addition to the push for abortions and contraceptives, two salient strategies employed by Europeans to curtail the growth of people with melanin must be mentioned. The first one is the imprisonment of young people of color in white-dominated countries, thus preventing them from reproducing as much or at all. This is the case in the United States, where no less than 745,000 black men are locked up. In France as well, “Muslims” make up 70% of the prison population. The second strategy is the use of bioweapons, that is, the use of viruses and bacteria to kill or incapacitate people of color. Examples of such bioweapons would include the “mysterious” HIV virus, Ebola, Chikungunya, and maybe the more recent Zika? Reports of diverse vaccines generously distributed around the world and loaded with sterilizing agents have also surfaced. The latest and most sophisticated bioweapons, though, have now taken the form of genetically engineered food injected with spermicides. In 2001, a US company, Epicyte, announced a breakthrough invention: contraceptive corn, loaded with anti-sperm antibodies taken from sterile women. Epicyte presented this invention as its contribution to solving the world’s “over-population problem,” a mere euphemism for the elimination of people of color.
As we conclude, we are reminded of Marcus Garvey’s accurate statement that, “We of the Negro race are suffering more than any other race in the world from propaganda – Propaganda to destroy our hopes, our ambitions and our confidence in self.” Educating ourselves about developments in the world, especially of a demographic nature, will go a long way in preventing us from falling victims of anti-African propaganda and white bluff. Far from gloomy and desperate, the future looks quite bright for African people. Indeed, despite the many continuous and savage assaults against us, we are still around and thriving. Furthermore, there is ample evidence that the young people of Africa will not be as gullible as their parents, and that the wind of African Renaissance has started blowing over our beloved Continent. Vigilance, however, is a must given that, as time passes, Europeans will become more and more desperate, and susceptible to commit greater crimes against us.
Kemp, Arthur. (2008) 2015. The Immigration Invasion: How the Third World is Destroying the First World and What to Do to Stop it. Ostara Publications.
Your baby’s weight at birth is one of the key signs that the baby is healthy. So, when the baby has a low birth weight, which means they weigh less than 5.5 pounds at birth, they could be at risk for several health issues.
As newborns, they may have problems like difficulty breathing, heart problems, or bleeding in the brain. Later in life, they have a higher than normal risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or becoming obese.
Your baby’s weight and racism might not seem like topics that belong in the same sentence. But they’re more related than you might think. Let’s dive into why being a Black woman makes you more at risk to have a low birth weight baby.
Racism—Starting In The Womb
It’s not being Black and female that increases the risk of having a low-birth weight baby. It’s the connection between being Black and being discriminated against that increases the risk.
Many things can cause stress, from looking for a job to losing a loved one. And racism is right up there with the rest. Many Black women don’t even realize they are facing the stress of racism because it’s become so normal.
There are a few reasons why racism can make you stressed:
It’s rude. That might not sound very scientific, but—it’s true. When someone says or does something racist, it’s demeaning and negative. That can take a major toll on your psyche and health. Even your medical team might treat you differently—usually, without intending to—which can lead to subpar treatment during pregnancy.
Others’ racist attitudes can make it more difficult for Black women to find work, get housing, or receive good medical care. All of these factors impact the baby’s health and your health during pregnancy.
And Stress Affects My Baby’s Weight, How?
Everyone’s body produces cortisol (a.k.a. the “stress hormone”). During a normal pregnancy, your cortisol level can increase by 2 to 4 times. However, stress can make your body release more cortisol, and that’s where things get messy. Too much cortisol can reduce blood flow to the fetus, and that can restrict your baby’s growth.
Chronic stress can also weaken your immune system. This makes it harder for your body to fight infections, including infections in the uterus. This can lead to premature birth (a baby born before 37 weeks). And premature birth causes low birth weight in two-thirds of underweight newborns.
The bottom line: Racism is a powerful stressor that causes your body to release the same hormones it would in any other stressful situation. If you’re constantly facing discrimination, that stress can keep on building up and affect your baby’s birth weight.
Racism Can Also Affect You And Your Baby Like This …
Stress (like the stress caused by racism) can affect your behavior, which can, in turn, lead to low birth weight.
When people are stressed, they are more likely to turn to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. All of these activities can slow the baby’s growth in the womb, causing low birth weight.
It’s estimated that smoking during pregnancy accounts for 20 to 30% of babies born with a low birth weight, and up to 14% of premature births.
Secondhand smoke can increase a baby’s risk of low birth weight by as much as 20%.
There is no safe time or way to drink. Depending on your drinking habits, you can give your baby a 16% increased risk of low birth weight—as early as the second half of your first trimester.
… And Like This
You’ve heard the saying, “strong, independent Black woman.” And power to you if you are one.
But did you know that being strong and independent can actually be a major stressor if you’re Black?
White women who become strong and independent by climbing their way up the socioeconomic ladder have improved health outcomes. Black women? Not so much.
One of the reasons has been referred to as “weathering,” a term coined by Arline Geronimus, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She explains that Black women have dealt with racism for such a long time that they feel like they’ve been weathered down.
Black women have put up with a lot of disadvantages. They’re more likely than white women to be single householders, raising an entire family. They’re also more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, and lack access to health care.
Over time, their bodies just can’t take it anymore. They become more stressed, less healthy, and more likely to have babies born with health problems, like low birth weight.
Recap: White women become strong, independent, and healthy. Black women become strong, independent, and not quite so healthy.
That Boiling Blood
There’s something else that Black women deal with that can cause low birth weight: high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the force of blood flowing through blood vessels is consistently too high. It can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
But it doesn’t just affect you. High blood pressure can mean your developing baby doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients. This can cause him to have slow growth and be born underweight.
You can get high blood pressure for a whole slew of reasons. One is that the stress we just talked about can increase your appetite. And if you’re already having pregnancy cravings, it can be very easy to reach for the foods you know you shouldn’t eat.
Once in awhile? Not a big deal. But if you overdo the pizza and ice cream, you run the risk of developing high blood pressure, which is another risk factor for low birth weight.
Black women may have high blood pressure more than white women. However, it’s also something that all sisters—Black, white, Asian, Hispanic—need to worry about when pregnant.
Stress, lack of exercise, poor sleep, and unhealthy eating can all lead to high blood pressure. And any woman, no matter the color of her skin, may be more likely to have all of these risk factors while pregnant.
There’s Something You Can Do About It
Remember: You may not be able to single-handedly control racism in the U.S. But you can control how you cope with the stress:
Refuse to turn to negative coping mechanisms—no smoking, no drinking, no drugs.
Surround yourself with supportive girlfriends and drama-free loved ones, at least until the baby is born.
Remind yourself that you’re loved, worth taking care of, and can have a great future.
Eat a healthy diet. Yes, you’re pregnant, but you still shouldn’t overeat.
Work out. Thirty minutes of mild to moderate exercise daily (e.g., brisk walking, swimming) should do the trick.
Meditate or join a prenatal yoga class.
Address the cause of stress. If your boss is a jerk, if you’re partner is pissing you off, if your landlord is a hot mess, it may be time to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with anyone who is causing you stress, whether it’s related to racism or not.
Get enough sleep. Adults need about 7 to 9 hours per night, and pregnant women usually need even more than that. Figure out how you can add some extra sleep time to your day.
If you are pregnant, hoping to one day become pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant, send this information to them. Have a conversation with the medical team during prenatal care about what you can do make sure your baby is born at a healthy weight.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is talking, sharing, conversation …in a safe space, so, 2/3 persons, start a Racism 12 Step Talk Group…to eventually include an educational piece that explores and examines racism/white supremacy. Read what the victims of oppression who’ve studied it say, like:
& listen to the Dr. Frances Cress Welsing on YouTube.
Just like you need to know what to do about hypertension when you have it, you need to know what to do about internalized racial inferiority when you suffer from it. And, the two doctors above is a good place to start the education process.
I’ll provide the steps…just ask…& Why 12 Steps For Racialized Thinking forthcoming by Jackie Morgan
Trump administration threatens those nations that prefer breastfeeding…
The Trump administration reportedly bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting breastfeeding. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Advocates for improved nutrition for babies have expressed outrage over reports that the Trump administration bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting breastfeeding.
Under the terms of the original WHO text, countries would have encouraged their citizens to breastfeed on grounds that research overwhelmingly shows its health benefits, while warning parents to be alert to inaccurate marketing by formula milk firms.
The New York Times first reported how the Trump administration reacted forcefully to the resolution, which otherwise had the consensus support of all other assembly members. It pushed to remove a phrase from the draft text that would exhort governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding”. To Know
This is not a new issue:
2003 Baby milk marketing ‘breaks rules (West Africa)
1985 Breastfeeding versus infant formula: the Kenyan case
1981 The Controversy Over Infant Formula (Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Peru, Panama, Thailand)
1960’s Nestle’ in the Developing World: a Formula for Trouble?
To know colonizer descendants don’t place a high value on their own children is to know they can’t place a high value on ‘our’ children.