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    Discussion: Stress and Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

    In 1972 the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP) accepted as a preliminary definition a formulation on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations:

    “Indigenous communities, peoples, and nations are those that, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems.”

    It is an unfortunate truth, that the human species has, throughout recorded time, demonstrated a demand to conquer, appropriate and dominate other lands, cultures and ethnic groups, usually imposing language, religions and cultures on the conquered peoples. We could point to almost all cultural or ethnic groups of the World with the notable exception of the Inuit people and few others, who have displayed this tendency.
    Indigenous groups now regarded as subjected to other cultures, have in times past, attacked and fought with their neighbours over lands, food sources, water or just plain dominance. An example would be the introduction of the musket to the Maori which had an enormous impact on Māori warfare. We are told that tribes with muskets would attack other tribes without these weapons, killing or enslaving many. As a result, it seems, guns became very valuable and Māori would trade huge quantities of goods for a single musket.
    The rapid and extensive intrusion of several European Nations from the early 15th century onwards into other parts of the World, for commercial or plainly acquisitive reasons had a desperately profound impact upon many of the indigenous cultures with whom they came into contact.
    The reason for the “success” of this expansion seems to be the differences in evolutionary progress in weapons, transport, laws, societal organisation and religious thinking developed by those Nations. The predominant thought which evolved within these Nations, was that of believing that they were culturally and ethnically superior to less “developed” peoples. Regrettably, this need to conquer, eliminate or dominate other ethnic groups, goes on, even today, where marginalised people are hated, massacred or herded into confined areas by a dominant authority.

    Where one ethnic population dominates another, in the same territory, hatred, suspicion and inequality is a given. This response over generations, is disgusting, yet natural, but can be dismantled by thought, word and deed. The reaction of racial intolerance, is based upon a feeling of superiority by the dominant species, and can only be eradicated by education, legislation and time.
    Whilst the minority ethnic group may accept some of the benefits of the dominant group, they may still wish to maintain an historical link to the past of their ethnicity, and keep alive those traditions which seem to them to be important. And we thoroughly agree that this is important!

    Celtic peoples who had to learn Latin and accept a whole new rule of law, religion and education from the Romans; the Welsh, who had to forget their language and customs in the face of an aggressive English warlord, all are now trying to maintain their old traditions, language and culture. Along with the Kayapo of Brazil, the Aborigines of Australia, the Kawanua of Indonesia, the Ainu of Japan and many, many others, there is a deep desire for cultural recognition, preservation of language and tradition, and a sense of history which is vital to those who cherish the past as important.

    Preventatists think that knowledge of the past is important if not vital, since without knowing where we have been, we would find it difficult to know where we are now and where, with amended ambition, we might go.

    We wish to draw attention to the fact that one of the major forms of incoming distress, (ID), resulting from the foregoing is the racial and ethnic discrimination, rejection, ignorant hatred and potential loss of identity, imposed by the dominant culture. A person in this situation wrote: "We are treated as though we are invisible!".     These forms of ID are obviously chronic, seeming to have no end, and are, therefore, dangerous to the health of the individual.

    Like all other IDs, if left undefended in the individual, they will result in disorder and disease, when stress emerges from the ID. (Stress does not cause disorders; it just sets the scene for disastrous changes in the mind and body which create unwellness).

    In the United States, because education policy is closely tied to housing policy, African-American children are more likely than white children to attend racially homogeneous, high-poverty schools, with profound negative effects on academic achievement. Furthermore, African-American children face more frequent and harsher punishments in school than their white peers, resulting in the school-to-prison pipeline. It is generally accepted that traumatic childhood experiences have long-term effects on mental and physical health. 

    No conservation effort in the tropics has been more successful than that of the Kayapo Indians of Brazil. (See more about the Kayopo here) They’ve achieved more for the preservation of tropical forest than any other group or organizations on earth. They are the true guardians of the rainforest. They are defending their homelands against the invasions of  illegal miners and loggers, for the benefit of all humans.  In Australia, Aborigine groups are passionately defending the lands they live on against similar incursions, in addition to the fact that as people who had hunted and controlled wildfires moved off the landscape, feral animals moved in, damaging biodiversity; all this work, again, for the ultimate benefit of all.

    According to the World Health Organization, risk factors for many common mental illnesses are strongly associated with systemic social inequalities. They state that the greater the inequality, the higher the risk. Chronic stress and discrimination based on race are among the risk factors. Put simply, being recognisably different to the general population in some way, is a risk factor!

    Preventatism is designed to provide a secure and simple defence to anyone who uses it, so that complete wellness can prevail. The individual has the possibility of at least maintaining personal health and wellness, which can result in a more comfortable, happier life.

    Multiculturalism is the word for the way forward into a fairer, happier, more equitable world, in which it is generally accepted that all individuals are equal, and that Orwell got it wrong...no person is more equal than others!.

    Preventatism may be the fast track into that world.

    We see our task, as Preventatists, as being the promotion of this philosophy to all those who wish to use it.

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