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I´ve arrived in the New World! And Boy, Does it Suck!

Khan Georgie reporting


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Arriving on the shores of the New World,between the arrival of Columbus and the mid-20th Century, would not have been great for many people crossing the Atlantic.
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The early Conquistadors and explorers had to endure much and probably arrived here half-crazed, and it showed in their general brutality towards the original people they came across. Stories of outright theft, rape and murder abound from the early Europeans and their actions still impact the Americas to this day. Later arrivals came hoping for a better life but instead saw a world vastly different than the one they had left in Europe. Of course, Africans had no say in their coming over and probably thought they had died and gone to hell. Even the ancestors, who arrived at the early part of the 20th century, came, saw, and wanted to get the hell back to Europe anyway they could. Brazil, was not the funnest entry point for most people for centuries and the history is generally quite fucked-up, to put it mildly.
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Originally, I had thought to title this post, ´Wrath of Khan, Gluttony of Cruising¨ for a number of reasons.
Firstly, you should all know about Khan Noonian Singh, the genetically-engineered superman from the 20th century who is rescued from suspended animation by Capt. Kirk and his crew. After being revived, Khan is very coy about his true identity and endeavors to take over the ship. Spock discovers that Khan was a kind of ¨Napoleon¨ who almost conquered the world because he was the product of the ¨Eugenics Wars¨ during the late 20th Century.
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It is a brilliantly written, directed and acted TV episode that probably first introduced me to ideas such as suspended animation and eugenics, though I have only recently learned more about Eugenics during the course of my ancestral hunting.
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As my ship travels southward along the lovely Brazilian coast, I immerse myself in each port we stop at take very long walks in order to get a better sense of the people and place. The one thing you immediately notice is that the dark-skinned people are thin while the majority of white tourists are horribly obese. I´m cruising with a ship load of them and I´ve become quite disgusted at seeing them in the cafeteria (usually cutting in front of me) everyday stuffing their fat faces and lounging by the pool in a skimpy bikini. It´s times like these where I wished the blindness, I experienced in Romania, came back.
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I´m not sure why I am so bothered by that. Sometimes I fantasize about throwing their fat bodies off the ship just because it bothers me so much. But then I realized I may be channeling my ancient Portuguese-Spanish ancestors who first crossed the seas several hundred years ago.
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Crossing the Atlantic, and seeing and learning the history of the early Iberian ¨explorers¨, made me realize how crazy, desperate and borderline psychotic you had to be to make that trip in the old days. Those ships were basically floating Catholic churches and everybody had to adhere to those policies or overboard you go.
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The Catholics were told to avoid The 7 Deadly Sins because it leads to evil. I can´t tell you how hard it is to imagine the Catholic Kingdom living by these rules while simultaneously okaying outright theft, murder, rape and slavery. To this day, there is STILL a Papal doctrine that says, ¨Anybody found in the New World is to be a slave forever. ¨
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So basically, those early Iberian ¨explorers¨ (a euphemism for thieves, rapists and murderers) where blessed by God to commit barbaric acts in order to satisfy the greed of the Spanish-Catholic crown.
But what about Gluttony? Gluttony is described as ¨overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of waste. In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for good causes it to be withheld from the needy. Gluttony can be interpreted a selfishness; essentially placing concern with one´s own impulses or interests above the well-being or interests of others.¨-Wikipedia.
That last part describes a great number of people I am currently traveling with.
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Thus far, the port stops in Brazil seem to show a great disparity between the haves and the have-nots, the whites and the blacks. I walked around old Salvador which reminded me of San Francisco, California in that you readily see homeless people doing drugs underneath the overpasses and in the parks. The rich, touristy area is essentially high up on a gated hill and the beaches are guarded as are most tourist areas.
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I walked past the building that was one of the first slave ports in the New World and then past black people smoking dope next to their shopping carts. Hence my Segway to the ¨Brazil is Kind of Fucked Up¨. Portion of this blog.
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Historically, the reason Brazil needed slaves from Africa was that the Portuguese had essentially worked to death the Native population that had existed there for thousands of years. One day, you are living a simple life, where working all day in the searing heat and humidity was not necessary, and the next you are forced to work in the heat all day without food or water. The culture your ancestors held for thousands of years is suddenly replaced by this thing called Catholicism. So if you are caught praying for salvation and mercy, from some God that the Portuguese invaders knew not to be Catholic, then they were only too happy to send you off to see their God.
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The Portuguese, seemingly not thinking things through, suddenly ran out of local slaves and thus found a ¨solution¨ by stealing people from another continent and making them do all the work. Naturally, the church saw this as a divine ruling from God.
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Continuing my walk, I see the facades of old Portuguese buildings covered in recent art and I imagined how those early Portuguese settlers became wealthy (through theft and slavery) and tried to make Brazil look more like the home they knew back in Iberia. The environment here is very different from there and the buildings show the effects of decades of humidity. In a way, these pics tell me stories about ancestral longings and ancestral destruction.

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Things were very bad for the Native population as they were on the bring of extinction. Interestingly enough, our DNA ancestry compositions updated showing a small % of ¨Eastern So. American Native Ancestry¨. I now see some of that in many of our Brazilian matches as well. The reason is probably due to the fact that Portuguese men ¨took¨ Guarani women in the very early years and that genetic marker still shows up in some of us.

As things were very bad for the Native people, it had to be worse for the imported Africans. These were people, stolen from their ancestral homes, shipped across the ocean like cattle, and placed on a totally foreign landscape and ordered to work for the benefit of their Portuguese overlords. This, of course, was blessed by the Church.
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I have been ancestor hunting for quite a few months now and I can honestly say that I can feel it when I am in an ancestral place. In those times, I feel physically and mentally good with a strange sense of well-being. Also, the locals feel comfortable with me and I feel comfortable with them as well even though we don´t look alike much anymore.
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Is there some kind of genetic relationship between person and place? The story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail includes the theme, ¨The land and the King are one¨, and the health of the kingdom is restored by this command. From a genetic standpoint, our bodies, blood types, disease resistance, food preferences etc., all formed first from ancestors who dwelled someplace for a very, very long time. Once we leave that environment, we are essentially challenging ourselves to adapt to new things. Yes, exploring is an integral part of being human and I am proud of being associated with such ancestors. However, they usually traveled knowing the risks and typically had their deities and families to rely on when times get tough. African slaves had no say in their forced migrations and were stripped of their deities and families in the New World, although some of their culture does now thrive in places like Brazil.

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Slavery had only ended about 150 years ago. Brazil, was the most reluctant country to do so and took many decades to fully be eradicated. However, I get the sense that the ¨Slave mindset¨ of the upper class Brazilians continues to this day. Their ancestors became wealthy on slavery, butchery and theft, raising children who probably never knew what a hard days work was really like. Today, they mostly run the country in the most divided fashion. The kind of job you get still depends on superficial things like the color of your skin and what surname you hold.
Enter the Italians
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From Wikipedia: Brazilian need of immigrants

In 1850, under British pressure, Brazil finally passed a law that effectively banned transatlantic slave trade. The increased pressure of the abolitionist movement, on the other hand, made it clear that the days of slavery in Brazil were coming to an end. Slave trade was effectively suppressed, but the slave system still endured for almost four decades. Thus, discussion on European immigration to Brazil became a priority for Brazilian landowners,[citation needed] who claimed that such migrants were or would soon become indispensable for Brazilian agriculture. They would soon win the argument, and mass migration would begin in earnest.
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An Agriculture Congress in 1878 in Rio de Janeiro discussed the lack of labor and proposed to the government the stimulation of European immigration to Brazil. Immigrants from Italy, Portugal, and Spain were considered the best ones because they were white and mainly Catholic. Therefore, the Brazilian government started to attract more Italian immigrants to the coffee plantations.[citation needed]
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Most migrants came to the State of São Paulo, and its main port, the entry gate of Brazil, was Santos. Thus, most migrants from Italy, regardless of their final destination in Brazil, entered through Santos.

We do have a Treviso match whose grandfather was born in Sao Paulo to Treviso parents. However, that person grew up in Treviso, suggesting that her family came to Brazil, didn´t like it, turned around and went back to Treviso. Good choice for them but that wasn´t possible for many others.
In essence, Brazil thought it best to replace African and Native slaves with poor, mostly illiterate white Catholic Italians. It´s as if those in power just wanted to exploit another brand of poor immigrants like it was a natural thing for them to d.. To me, that seems fucked up.
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Were you wondering where I was going with the Khan-Eugenics thing?
¨At the end of the 19th century, the Brazilian government was influenced by eugenics theories. According to some Brazilian scholars, immigrants from Europe were needed to enhance the Brazilian population.[citation needed]
Eugenics is a set of beliefs and practices that aim to improve the genetic quality of a human population by excluding (through a variety of morally criticized means) certain genetic groups judged to be inferior, and promoting other genetic groups judged to be superior.[4][5]
The concept of positive eugenics to produce better human beings has existed at least since Plato suggested selective mating to produce a guardian class.[11] In Sparta, every Spartan child was inspected by the council of elders, the Gerousia, which determined if the child was fit to live or not. In the early years of ancient Rome, a Roman father was obliged by law to immediately kill his child if they were physically disabled.[12] Among the ancient Germanic tribes, people who were cowardly, unwarlike or "stained with abominable vices" were put to death, usually by being drowned in swamps.
We put down mad dogs; we kill the wild, untamed ox; we use the knife on sick sheep to stop their infecting the flock; we destroy abnormal offspring at birth; children, too, if they are born weak or deformed, we drown. Yet this is not the work of anger, but of reason – to separate the sound from the worthless.[10]
— Seneca the Younger
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The idea of Social Darwinism (Eugenics) was widespread among Brazil's leading scientists, educators, social thinkers, as well as many elected officials, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This led to the "Politica de Branqueamento" (Whitening Policies) set in practice in Brazil in the early part of the 20th century. This series of laws intended to enlarge the numbers of the white race in Brazil while reducing the numbers of descendants of African slaves and Asians made the ground fertile for eugenic theories.

The first official organized movement of eugenics in South America was a Eugenics Conference in April 1917, which was followed in January 1918 by the founding of the São Paulo Society of Eugenics. This society worked with health agencies and psychiatric offices to promote their ideas. The year 1931 saw the foundation of the "Comitê Central de Eugenismo" (Central Committee on Eugenics) presided by Renato Kehl. Among its suggestions were an end to the immigration of non-whites to Brazil, and the spread of policies against miscegenation.[80]
The ideas of the Central Committee on Eugenics clashed with the Whitening Policies of the beginning of the 20th century. While the Whitening Policies advocated miscegenation in order to reduce the numbers of pure Africans in Brazil in favor of mulattos, who were expected to then produce white off-spring – a policy very similar to the "uplifting the Native race" in Australia – the Central Committee on Eugenics advocated no miscegenation at all and separation between the whites and non-whites in Brazil. When it became obvious that the future of Brazil was in industrialization (just as it was for other countries around the world), Brazil had to face whether they had a working force capable of being absorbed by an industrial society.
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A new ideology was needed to counter such racialist claims. This ideology, known as Lusotropicalism, was associated with Gilberto Freyre, and became popular throughout the Portuguese Empire: specifically, Brazil and Angola. Lusotropicalism claimed that its large population of mixed-race people made Brazil the most capable country in tropical climates to carry out a program of industrialization.[dubious – discuss] Its mixed race population had the cultural and intellectual capabilities provided by the white race,[citation needed] which could not work in tropical climates, combined with the physical ability to work in tropical climates, provided by the African black race. This excluded the fact that white prisoners, working under penal servitude in Puerto Rico, seemed quite capable of working in a tropical environment.[citation needed]
Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil.
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In the first decades of the twentieth century, the work of the Rockefeller Foundation was decisive for the implementation of public health initiatives in Brazil, especially in the so-called public health movement. At that time, Brazilian eugenics was the same as public health, as expressed in the maxim "to sanitize is to eugenize".[81]

In the midst of all that, our African-Italian ancestors mixed in Brazil at the turn of the 20th century. It is hard to imagine how all that came about but I can see why leaving Brazil for elsewhere was probably a good idea for a mixed-ethnicity family.
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Essentially in Brazil, they kill off the Native population that had existed for thousands of years in paradise and replaced them with stolen Africans. Then, they thought it ¨best¨ to further reduce those populations by mixing them with poor, white folks because they thought Natives and Blacks to be inferior. Today, Brazil still marginalizes people based on skin color because white people are too lazy to do hardwork. To me, that all sounds fucked up.
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However, for many people living today, the mixture of African, European and Native (and other groups) DNA has made them more resistant to various diseases and syndromes usually associated with endogamus (inbred) people. Some of the most beautiful and handsome people in the world come from places like Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia owing much to this mixture. Indeed, great music, art, writing etc. also hail from people with a diverse genetic inheritance. Brasil regularly fields superior soccer teams. Is it because of their European ancestors only? Of course not. We are now only learning about how advanced Native American culture was throughout the Americas before Columbus. African-Americans in the USA have made tremendous contributions to that society. Some have also in South America though they face much more hurdles for success than in America due to the ongoing mindset of racial divisions....sort of like on this cruise ship.
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Eventually Eugenics went down in history like the Titanic at sea. Which, by the way, was engineered and built by Africans and Native Americas. Some years later, Africans and Native Americans gave us WWI and WWII and the A-bomb…
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Angie Wang of the NY Times wrote something interesting:
In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of “black.” In the United States, historically, a person is “black” if he has any sub-Saharan African ancestry; in Brazil, a person is not “black” if he is known to have any European ancestry. If “black” refers to different people in different contexts, how can there be any genetic basis to it?¨ Check out the full article here https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/opinion/sunday/genetics-race.html

In Star Trek, Khan is described as part of a ¨race of supermen¨ bred by genetic selection. He is eventually defeated by the Jewish William Shatner and Jewish Mr. Spock. It appears the Jews make it into the future, as do a mix of ethnicities. But I wonder if the inbred make it that far into the future. Does that sound fucked up or what??
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Thanks for reading.

Posted by georgeaguilar 11:24 Archived in Brazil

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