Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The Fatal Fusion - The Democratic Party, Civil Rights, Hip Hop and The Black Criminal Element
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm Note - More updates and clarifications
Nov 4 @ 6:30pm Note: Updated and Edited For Clarity. My goal is to remove all points of diversion from the usual suspects who refuse to deal with the issues in an above board manner.
Executive Summary Of The Arguments Made In This Document:
1) There is a gross set of circumstances in place that allows many Black people to be victimized with WITHIN various Black communities around the nation. There is an element within our own community that has been allowed to fester who prey primarily on their own. The long time "victim of society" is now creating new "victims in his own community" and thus they are "victims twice over".
2) This element (and their defenders) undercuts most efforts to apply law, order and cultural discipline to their behavior and have their presence transformed into a more productive set of actions upon which a stable community can be built. This faction is resistant to government based efforts of law enforcement. The Black Political and Civil Rights establishment by contrast has been resistant to call "a spade a spade" and confront their actions which so often resemble the very same methods of attack used by the White's who oppressed us.
* Systematic Violence
* Witness Intimation
* Terroristic Actions
* Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands
3) Despite the blatant civil rights violations going on WITHIN our communities the usual suspects are silent because the perpetrators don't fit the mold that they can exploit in the media and gain public sympathies as "the oppressed minority". The key problem is that these oppressors to the innocent Blacks are not EXTERNAL to the Black community in the present day.
4) In order to make amends for this fact - the Black machine (Civil Rights and Political) have promoted the idea of a grand conspiracy against Blacks as well as the notion of "derivative behavior" in which we remain "damaged goods from slavery" as a means of getting the masses of Black people to believe that what is identified in #2 as being the fault of outside forces rather than a failure of this Machine to field a modern strategy that enforces CIVIL RIGHTS and calls for justice in a color blind manner.
5) The loop is closed in that the Black Political and Civil Rights Establishment - seeks to form a grand alliance with this criminal underclass and cultural revolutionaries by agreeing to avoid direct repudiation of their antics and instead "working with them" to form an umbrella movement of activism. "Let us have them channel their anger into "political activism" is the strategy.
6) All of this done under the milieu of "the Oppressed Underclass" which is seeking grand systematic changes so they are not forced into criminal behavior that primarily hurts their own people, dysfunctional cultural behavior which destroys the building blocks of a functional culture and predatory economic actions that creates a Black market that ultimately financially liquefies, objectifies and marginalizes the lives of Black people more than any other.
6a) The logical equation is made - Help us change societal imbalances and you will be less angry and thus you will stop preying on our communities and instead will become productive forces.
7) The foundation that requires a circular reference to be made says that as the Black Political establishment and their Democratic Party based progressives assume more land where Blacks are highly concentrated theoretically they should be made to account for the actions WITHIN these communities as well as producing the promised results.
The circular reference is made in that upon failing to produce these changes despite being in control there is a need to find a scape goat and a higher calling lest they receive the brunt of the attack of those who remain disenchanted. Thus they point to both the actions of their ideological adversaries - conservatives and Republicans as the main spoiler which is causing them to fail AND they ask that the masses of Black people for a continued alliance as they "move the goal posts" as they market the notion that a NATIONAL take over is necessary BEFORE the masses can actually expect that the fruit will be delivered to them.
8) The fusion with the negative elements with the community is fatally flawed in that the main Black community does not attempt to set any conditional rules for conduct of the criminal class and the rebellious bunch in the Hip Hop community upon which violated causes the tenuous partnership to be severed.
How do you credibly attack "tobacco and liquor companies for their imagery" as you note that they are ultimately against your interests yet you form a partnership with the operatives who are not only marketing negatively but also performing what can be called "civil rights violations". Just as with the partnership with old enemies forged in the "War On Terrorism" as you fight a greater enemy this fusion between the Black Political/Civil Rights operatives and the Hip Hop /Criminal Class has been forged.
Where are your STANDARDS that you enforce in support of your ultimate goal to "Change Them"?
************************************The Original Post - With Edits******************
What are some of the key issues that are being vocalized within the Black community and driven in the political activism space today?
* Ratcheting Down "The War On Drugs" to decrease incarceration rates of Black males who's incarceration is destroying families and ruining communities because "Their Laws" (not our laws) are disproportionately targeting Black men
* Felon Voting Advocacy - these Black men, having been targeted are thus having their votes systematically taken away (by THEM)
* The Prison Industrial Complex is a growth business for corporations where Blacks are the raw materials vital for this growth
* The Impact Of and The Need To "Stop Snitching" (depending on if you are outside of or within the ghetto). The police as the invading force are using our people against each other to forward their plans to destroy our communities. "You must maintain your loyalties to the 'brother man' rather than 'the man' wearing a badge. We will be there with you while he leaves you hanging."
* The Police as the Criminal Element Within The Black community. Many Blacks are "political prisoners" in the context of the attempt to destroy our communities.
You only need to go to The Black Electorate to see these various themes being hammered upon on a daily basis.
Let's not forget about The Black Commentator and countless other Black, left leaning blogs that pepper the Internet - advancing their ideological and partisan agenda above the inspection of the integrity of our own community.
I have also reported my views after watching the film: "The Injustice System In America". This is a leftist narrative of what is really going on in America. In their view even "progressive" San Francisco is overrun with "racist cops" that need to be spanked by the "Civilian Review Board" per the activist who spoke in the film.
Does anyone get it?
Just as a situation can be created in which "Black man - Bill Clinton" can be called a RACIST during a campaign - now we have the City of San Francisco and neighboring San Jose emulating a Southern hick town of the early 60's....... if you allow some to tell it. It seems to get lost on these left wing activists that quite possibly IT'S NOT JUST THE ESTABLISHMENT doing all of this to them but in fact some type of fatal tango going on.
Maybe we need to bring forth the Black VICTIMS of this criminal behavior as a means of countering the claims that "the police are doing all of this to us".
The purpose of this post is to vocalize my research of the last few months and to detail a fusion of political activism, race, economic class and ideology within the Black community that is being attempted. It is the Democratic Party that is being used as the primary framework upon which all of these plans are built. No surprise here. In my view, however it is the Democrats Party, not the Black community which is the ultimate beneficiaries of this framing. The Black community will end up used, marginalized and worse, unable to address the key cultural problems that is plaguing the impoverished class to whom so much of this advocacy is supposedly directed. Again, if you allow the narrative of those who are plotting to stand unchallenged - this is all about helping the poor and disenfranchised. As long as no one realizes how much turf this party is grabbing over the major population centers where Blacks live - all is grand. We can't take our eyes off of those Republicans you know. They are not dead yet!
The politics of this group are strongly "left of center". They house Quasi-Socialists views of what the governments role in our lives. Their views on income redistributive polices serve as proof of a "just society". All are equally valued when everyone is provided with the resources that they need to live. The venerable "Caretaker state". When it comes to private property rights - the amount that you are allowed to keep is negotiable.
As I listen to this theory I just can't dismiss from my mind the assumptions of the "individual inferiority" of the common man. Not even the most conservative person will believe that there is no need for government or government services. The point of contention is the question of how much government intervention beyond the basic Constitutionally defined operations of government are acceptable. The Conservative tends to either limit or localize this government projection. The Progressive seems to maximize and nationalize the benefit so that no one's location under the umbrella of the state leave him exposed. As a right leaning person I am prone to make note of the fact that the more you have a person working for the global common good you also introduce a situation where that person's individuality is compromised. A support system is constructed to prevent him from failing because of his actions or lack there in; the same system limits his adaption toward his optimal self because there is no consequence in not doing so.
THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT VERSION 3.0
The Civil Rights Movement for JUSTICE of yesterday is today the movement for quasi-socialist economic change within the nation today. As the thought goes - upon success in the political and economic domain - the civil rights challenges will subside. The shift of power from corporations and leveraged individuals over to the government shows through in their agenda.
Where as they have succeeded in insuring punishment for any racist violation of one's civil rights - they have moved on into their phase II of their agenda - the economics question that were left on the table when Dr King was murdered. However, what today promotes itself as the quest for "justice" really has strong roots in the foundations of "economics denied" to Black people. REPAIR-ation of Black people will come by attrition as a new economic order is implemented.
As such the current system of economic oppression is said to create the "derivative behavior" that is seen today. The current economic line up expresses itself as an imprisoned Black male who is out of the work force and thus can't be he head of the household. The movement is all about attacking the current order of the ECONOMIC system so that change will come within. If the Black man did not have to struggle to put food on his table, pay for health care, pay for high education costs and any other threats that an "unregulated economy" might throw his way then indeed he won't have to turn to the black market in order to feed his own family....placing other struggling families in peril with his choice of profession - "retail distribution".
Where as the above activist element focuses on the external economic and criminal justice system that bears down upon the Black community and leads to these certain outcomes - they also fight for internal liberties around freedom of expression among our people. They strike out against sanction and punitive action for such displays. They show a systematic attempt to unravel most conservative social strictures that are placed upon the people but which can't be justified by rational debate. In "speaking truth to power" they might ask: "What does how I wear my pants or my hair have to do with how I perform my job?". It is incumbent upon the authority who has set the rules to justify their constraints, not for the individual to fall in line "because this is how it has always been done". We see the hand of the "intellectual supremacists" who seeks to upon up many issues that were settled in the Judeo-Christian cultural order. You'll hear many references to the "male dominated society" where command and control has allowed oppressed classes to suffer.
The rebellious spirit runs deep - even if it runs counter to what the Black community needs the most at the time. The milieu of "Speaking Truth To Power" trumps passive conformity. I seriously doubt if some people recognize that in removing these "foreign strictures" upon the people's behavior they are setting themselves up for failure as they take over more of the cities in their political ground game.
There lies the grand scheme. In removing cultural strictures that could unify the people behind a common set of civilities they instead turn to PERPETUAL STRUGGLE AND PROTEST for political, ideological and economic order as the unifying force for the masses.
As I build up my argument it is important to understand first that there are many economic and cultural factions within the Black community in regards how this political activism plays out. I will attempt to make a crude framing of them here:
At the bottom of the economic and social order there is the "Black ghetto dweller". He is poor, dispossessed, marginalized and exploited by the system. People and companies appear to always seek to get away from where he is. (Unless they are practicing "Environmental Racism" - where the polluting plant can only exist where the people are helpless to fight against it)
"The Ghetto" itself is a metaphor. This does not need to be the brick multi-tenant units in New York, Philly, or Detroit. It also includes "the other side of the tracks" in small Southern towns and the small homes that are constructed in tight clusters out west. They have limited economic means and an environment that often throws up more roadblocks than opportunity.
The person's residency in the ghetto might be in fact or in spirit. Some of us do "in fact" live in the ghetto and thus "the struggle" metaphor is critical to our consciousness. Others don't live in the ghetto, having moved out physically but never left home mentally. In some twisted and perverted ways "The Ghetto" is "The Motherland", the embodiment of "overcoming" for many Black folks in America. It is the standard reference for one's "real Blackness" to some. "Represent Nigga!". Just as you may hear a White person talk about having "worked his way up from the farm", some Black people are inclined to talk about having come from the projects, with single mother who had to endure gun shots heard outside each night and yet he made it to his present form. "What do you know about the streets? I'm real!". In having survived the Ghetto you now have a "war story" to tell for the rest of your life just as does any infantryman has.
Next on the economic and social order among my people are those who live a stable middle class and/or suburban lifestyle. Today this represents the largest share of African-Americans as most of us are living above the poverty line and have more than just our basic needs addressed. In this group their lives are about as traditional and American as you'd expect from a person of any race with the "Black spice' added for its special flavor to an otherwise standard experience in this modern day.
As Black people in this class enjoy mobility are likely to live in a mixed community that is experiencing "flight" - be it in South Jersey or the ring cities around many of the southern metropolises. These are standard, working class communities and the real heart of the Black community. The cultural consumptions of the young people from these communities is greatly influenced by the music from the "Hood" - their life experiences are very different. Their parents have some measure of advanced education and good jobs. They face only a fraction of the drama that one might expect in the ghetto. Despite this fact - the racial gravitational pull within the Black community demands that they at least relate to "the ghetto". "Don't forget where you came from!". On an increasing basis, however, with mobility per the easing civil rights challenges AND the desire for upward economic advancement - their only relation to the ghetto is via entertainment rather than physical contact.
Yet another class is the Black professional class. They are "corporate types" who might be considered "upper middle class" by most accounts. Their engagement in this entire framework is that of expanded business opportunity that such an alignment with Democratic politics might afford them. Despite "working like Republicans" in their financial services, sales or managerial jobs - their politics are indistinguishable at the national and policy level from these other groups mentioned thus far. Please detail a distinction in the reply - if you disagree. I have called them out as "Black Flight Progressives" as they use their monetary resources and their preferences as obtained from their "corporate norming" to move into Conservative areas with their ideologically conservative adversaries and yet continue to vote for Democrats who run the areas that they have departed from.
Another important yet small faction that must also be mentioned are the wealthy Black class of entertainers and athletes. They exert an increasing amount of political influence upon our people, both shaping the public views within the community but also speaking on behalf of our people to the outside world. When the political scientist that I saw on C-SPAN a few weeks ago put a footnote only beside Black people as the one group of people who's wealth and conservative voting habits do not correlate - it is these people who this poly sci researcher had in mind.
Despite their wealth they feel that they "cannot leave their people". If not with their own money, they will continue to fight for the government to redistribute the money of all of their wealthy peers so that the society can become "more just". Thus they know from where they've come. The fact that they have more than likely made their money in the entertainment field rather than "on Wall Street" allows their liberalism when it comes to finance to show.
How is it then that a group of 40 million people with such divergent life's experiences and that are 'ships passing in the night' all come together to vote for a set of ideological packages that purport to capture their own interests? This is easy to answer.
THE UNIFYING FORCE - RACISM!!!
Make no mistake about it - there is keen consciousness of SYSTEMATIC WHITE SUPREMACY in the minds of all of these segments of the Black population. As we consider the list of items above we see the standard framework of "the little guy" who is poor, minority and marginalized fighting against THE OPPRESSIVE SYSTEM.
All of the factions that I have listed above are teamed up and united behind their fight. They seek to be the liberator rather than the "denier of opportunity". Leave this for their right wing adversaries to do the dirty work.
Anyone following my research as expressed through my blog presence will make note of my observations that even when "their side" is in full control of "the system" which bears down on their personal lives at the local level - they will STILL focus the bulk of their attention and outrage on the amorphous concepts of "the system of White supremacy oppressing us". This despite what their electoral success over their own communities and their expansion into new communities should have them to focus upon.
(Note: Demographic Research on where African Americans Live in their highest concentrations and who dominates these areas politically)
In Atlanta 2006, for example, the POLICE COMMAND STAFF in the context of the "Aggressive Policing" policy that was applied to a high crime area in a Black neighborhood approved a raid on an alleged drug house using their "Red Dog" narcotics unit. A 92 year old Black woman's house was invaded by "3 White cops" shooting this woman dead in a hail of bullets. While the community was angry at the the Black Democrat mayor, the Black police chief - neither of these officials nor the majority Black police command staff who these White cops reported to were asked to resign under the strain of a drumbeat of protest. The White cops were tried and convicted for having tried to fabricate a story that explained how they invaded the wrong house. The civil rights activists got $18 million out of the city and all died down. The mayor got reelected. There was not a daily protest march claiming that THE SYSTEM conspired to kill this Black woman. If only New York City's Rudy Guilliani could be so lucky in response to his "aggressive policing" policies in targeted areas.
The similar phenomenon is seen in the responses of the Civil Rights community to incidents recently in Philadelphia and Prince Georges County Maryland. In PGC - the local NAACP held a joint press conference with the local Democratic elected officials in charge of the county rather than a PROTEST over the killing of a Black inmate. Despite the Black political control of all of these situations - it was the "rogue White cops" who are embedded within that are our main oppressors. Not the "entire system" any longer. Those in charge walked away intact - unlike the case with so many other incidents where there was an "operable target" to dispense of. (A white or Republican leadership). Ironically in displaying such a double standard Black folks might actually be put in more harms way where Black Democrats are in political control because the usual protesters are not as inclined to seek to take them out in their calls for "justice" and "change". This political power block IS THE CHANGE that the Black community has advanced. What do they shoot for if they fail? "Change 2.0"?
Is it possible that the Black community could actually have "sold out" their community goals by placing their desire to incubate certain Black and Democratic leaders "of their own" from being held accountable for the results that the community must bear? It seems so to me. "Permanent Interests" should not care about the color of its "friends" no doubt.
COMMUNITY OUTLOOK IS CRITICAL - OWNERSHIP AND MAINTENANCE
OWNERSHIP. The presence of this one concept distinguishes the outlook that is frequently present in the "White conservative suburban/rural town" from many Black communities within big cities which have a Black and/or Democratic Party monopoly on political power. Where as the conservative town will work in earnest to MAINTAIN control of their communities even if it means that they are perceived as "intolerant" or punitive in their laws - their Black counterparts who similarly have the prevailing powers in their respective towns often have a much different orientation and vision as it comes to the projection of their power. Theirs is often formatted as an "external to internal" siege mentality where the county or the state is some how undercutting the attempts of the local politicians of their own choosing to deliver services "now that WE are in control".
Take a look at the drama in Clayton County, Georgia that I have been reporting on. (I am not going to furnish any links - there are too many of them to count) Presently the second round of Black Democratic leadership has been embroiled in years of internal strife since it took over control of the county. It took an external entity - the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to put its foot down after documenting all of the antics that were going on within the midst of the school board and seek correction and a reaffirmation of their purpose. SACS observed all of the chaos INTERNALLY and how it was undercutting the administrations ability to effectively govern the school system and thus the school students. Many, certainly not all, of the Clayton County residents believed that it was SACS which acted in a harsh manner only because the leadership of the schools was Black. The sight of "3 White men" representing SACS was frequently projected on the news coverage. These were the White males who "stripped the school system ran by Blacks of their accreditation" no doubt was an angle that some people took on this matter. In her closing arguments the attorney defending several of the school board members who stood accused of violating their oath of office made note of this fact in a last ditch effort to bring race into the game. Gladly the judge who had heard all of the evidence rejected the racial angle. These last few members were purged by this judges action. Ironically, on a side note, a billboard from an all Black private school in Clayton county advertises that it does have the SACS accreditation that the public school system has had revoked.
In my view the prevailing "powers that be" who run the Black community (elected, community, clergy, etc) are the primary determining factor of the outcomes within the community per the aggregate set of policies and pronouncements they make. Their choice is to work to transform the community over time or to blame someone else hoping that upon a successful struggle CHANGE will come. Failing the presences of a community based set of consciousness, however, these same leaders seem ready to shirk any ACCOUNTABILITY if they possibly can. I am not mad at them - this is what politicians DO! My point is that the COMMUNITY, after being so enthralled with their "Black leadership" who is also Democratic - often fail to provide the needed limits, management of and consequences for failure. This is a significant reason why some of these communities are in an eroded state.
These strategic failures grow into certain intractable problems that upon which they are unable to deal with on their own, having failed to nip them in the bud. The call for more nationalized reform is really an admission that these localized elements are unable to field a system that engages all of the people within to work primarily for the aggregate advancement of the whole.
It seems to me - where there is the most clear cases for "voluntary, community based SOCIALISM" these operatives are tone death to it. They want "national socialism" where the productive economic engine of others can use to supplant that which their own ideological and economic systems that are fielded can bring forth to them.
When there is an element of lower income Blacks with limited professional education growing in proportions to the whole in these Black run communities - there is a good chance that these noted problems grow as well. Some of you think that me, this evil Black conservative who is at least open to voting Republican - has unique negative feelings of "the Black poor". Not the case. I am doing nothing more than echoing that which I hear all of the time from Black folks who are sold Democrats. Again this is why the "Black Fight Progressives" move to live with conservatives - because of the "ghetto element" having moved into where they departed from. Honesty is in order here.
As a personal defense and another side note - you don't need to listen to me on this point - I have reported upon this very claim made by those asking the "Professional class Blacks to move back into the ghetto and provide stability". The "Black Flight Progressives" have residential patterns that are at odds with their ideological ones. This particular authors request that they return to the Black community is only a softened version of exactly what I just said above. They acknowledge that a certain underclass cultural element within our community is a threat to law, order and academic progress if allowed to become the prevailing order within. If you quote me - quote all of what I said. Then attack those who said it in a more "PC" manner.
THE UNWILLINGNESS FOR THE BLACK PROGRESSIVE FUNDAMENTALIST TO "GO RIGHT" WHEN HE NEEDS TO
The key criticism that I have for the Black political machine is that despite knowing deep down that, what has been jokingly called "The Ghetto Element" represents a threat which negatively impacts certain communities - they have no inclination to "Go Right" and confront this element, redirecting its actions into a more productive form. In fact there is the "Michael Eric Dyson-types" who actively defend this "Ghetto element", attacking all who make note of their antics by showing the "attacker" that he too has mud on his shoes and thus is in no position to judge anyone. The net result of such a stance is not ADVANCEMENT where both parities agree to RAISE THEIR STANDARDS. Instead what results is the pacification on the part of those who have been successfully protected. "It is not their fault that they are as they are.....THE SYSTEM MADE THEM THIS WAY! Stop criticizing the poor victims - help them by fighting with them against the system!"
A vital lesson learned by those who dared to speak up though. They know not to say a damned word again lest they get it again.
The fatal cost to the Black community is that, once again, an "intellectual supremacist", via his diversion and obfuscation tactics has been allowed to get you to AGREE TO SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW is counter to what you believe. And by the way - those Blacks who are moving away........they have been conditioned by the White folks they work around to hate the ghetto culture. We need to SHAME those who judge and defend those who are vulnerable to attack.
Let me be clearer on this point - The "Right wing" is more inclined to act upon certain correlations between the transgressions done by a 'picked upon' group in their surveillance and policing actions (yes I just said profiling). This results in them ERRORING ON THE SIDE OF TOO LARGE OF A DRAG NET. The progressive left, on the other hand, who is verbally and ideologically bound against profiling is forced to use other tools which are "one off" and deflective in nature. Instead of direct confrontation (this is reserved for when they confront conservative threats) they will instead seek to "engage these youth". They hope to extract some utility out of them. After all - "they are our own. They come form our own houses. They are our future leaders".
Little will they admit, however, some of their behavior that is problematic stems originally from the the left's own unwillingness to confine the community to a more limited set of behaviors. (Note that they are more than willing to regulate the behavior of people within corporations to achieve certain directed and beneficial outcomes?).
In having successfully deflected the point of contention and shifted toward a focus to the broader set of challenges that confront the group that is acting out - the MEASURE OF SUCCESS is shifted from the question of "how many people have become victims of these people's actions" to "how much resources have you in the government thrown at certain programs to assist them from having to act out in such a way?"
Once again I have to make a hit on the "Black Flight Progressive". You went along with these policy initiatives when you were a resident within these areas. Once the results of these policies came to full bear......YOU MOVED to live with the CONSERVATIVES and yet you continue to VOTE like you did in your former residence. What we see is that you don't want to expose your family (skin in the game) to the POLICY RESULTS that you have continued to support so that OTHERS might be provided access to "opportunity" and barriers lowered. It is clear that you live an abstracted life. If the Black Conservative who is consistent in his policy and lifestyle the real sell out - or is it you are who in denial?
THE FATAL ALLIANCE
All of these foundational elements advance us to the Fatal Alliance which is crafted from the drive to erect a Political/Hip Hop/Ex-Felon activist movement. In an attempt to get these cancers to the community to "do right" and be productive - they need to be made ACTORS WITHIN THE STRUGGLE. An EXTERNAL unifying villain needs to be constructed to unify the vacated middle class progressive with the disenfranchized and marginalized dweller in the ghetto. This is how the vicious death spiral and the loss of racial dignity and standards is initiated.
If the Democratic Party is positioned as "the big tent" which is tolerant to all who come to it (and provide it their vote) AND the "Democrats who are Black" are allowed to have free reign with a microphone that is trained upon the Black masses - you can be sure that what we see forming today will take over as the predominate force that manages to unite Black America despite our varied backgrounds.
Think about it -
Person A from the ghetto is promised more resources from the entitlements that the Democrats will bring forth. He will be promised more justice when it comes to his interactions with the police who are oppressing him.
Person B - who is middle class and upon actually LIVING ALONGSIDE Person A was motivated to move away will receive a higher order set of entitlements that had been reserved for Person A because of his poverty. His guilt for leaving behind Person A is absolved because the Democrats are going to take care of all of them - and thus he did not "leave him behind" after all.
Person C - who is the professional class Black agrees to the compromise because his taxes are only going to go up moderately. Though he now lives with the conservatives who he works along with - seeing them brought down to size as the Democrats take over the economy is appealing to him because he expects that more opportunity will be opened up when contracting policies are changed. The compromise for more taxes paid to the poor in exchange for his business interests being advanced is a worthy one.
Person D - the wealthy person is going to get soaked in taxes. He has already been told this. Once again, however, he is able to rationalize his having "voted against his interests" by noting that he is able to vote for "his people's collective interests" as the poor will be taken care of.
All of this needs to be kept logically in order with the knowledge that when the housing projects of which "the ghetto" is referentially based in our cultural communications were torn down - many of these people PROTESTED the notion of the loss of "home". (Listen to any political broadcast from New Orleans back in October 2007 regarding the fight to stop the demolition of the public housing). In a further irony the conflict over the notion that a "Person A" might be put into a section 8 home within a community that a "Person B" resides in after the projects were torn down only further illustrates the lack of rationality that surrounds this coalition. "I will vote the same way as you - I just can't live with you".
Evidence of such an alliance:
Louis Farrakhan - Farrakhan challenges the hip hop community: Accept The Responsibility Of Leadership
This one deserves more explanation of my point. Farrakhan, like my former barber who is a member of the NOI rightly pushes these young Black males change their ways. He documents their misguided ways. He attempts to get them marching behind a more productive mantle. The key criticism that I have for he and my former friend is that when the issue of the Hip Hopper who is made known of his antics yet continues to do so is brought up - they don't have any details of what they will do to rebuke them. Certainly they are clear on corporations pushing the imagery of alcohol and cigarettes into our communities. They are not as coherent on the pushers of drug dealer imagery, gun violence, materialism and objectification of women.
As a comparison when it comes to Clarence Thomas or Condi Rice, both of whom are said to have participated in vile acts against our people's consciousness and are SHUNNED until they reform themselves and come back home......no such structure or stricture exists for those who do far more damage to far more of our people as they have more marketing touchpoints that influence them than any Black Conservative will have. Russell Simmons was correct in pointing out that Hip Hoppers have more influence on young people than do most elected officials.
Hip Hop Action Network
Ludacris Project Links To AFLCIO's My Vote My Right Page
Is this linkage and attempt to engage these young people a "crime"?
Let's not pretend, however, that there is no attempt to capture this youth vote - I applaud this - but in the process - clam up about much of the excesses that they do and the gutter messages that they promote.
There has been an active attempt to "not turn off these young people by criticizing what they are doing". The liberal milieu is to "accept them as they are", not to judge. The cost of this strategy is that the Black powers that be are accepting certain messages that are patently offensive to our being as a people and thus can't avoid degrading our standards of consciousness....all in an attempt to form a Democratic coalition.
The basic question must be asked - What foundational items do you have over which you would be "Selling your soul" if you demoted them in pursuit of your partisan, ideological and economic agenda?
Do you REALLY thing that they are going to come around once you succeed in these areas of pursuit? (Keep dreaming)
So let me briefly summarize and bring the key issues to the table before I continue my argument.
We are inspecting the OWNERS of the community. They have the choice to either PRODUCE an ORGANIC favorable outcome for the people or to AGITATE for better outcomes against some outside entity that is denying them such benefit as their primary mode of operation. Too often they are allowed choose the latter option. This is because doing so has a natural draw upon the masses of disenchanted people. They will follow along in that their provincial problems will be made to be SYSTEMATIC in nature and based on structural imbalances. The movement will suppress any notion that the failures are inherent to anything that the leaders have implemented and the masses have accepted as the most proper set of assumptions for their community.
In truth those in power have not developed the skills of the people to express organic growth. Their movement has cut its teeth during the Civil Rights Movement where such an outward struggle was necessitated by the violent and intolerant actions of the system bearing down upon them. Today they have little intentions on focusing their protestations and confrontational activism upon the domain that they already control. This would require them to impose upon the people in their own circle, forcing them to act in a directed fashion so that directed outcomes can be achieved. Again - the people are asked to VOTE and PROTEST....not show temperance as they MANAGE their way toward a greater local environment by insuring that their own small contribution and sacrifice in in order with the main outcomes.
In the economic ideology domain - with a large population of disenchanted people within their constituency they certainly are not going to advance straight up capitalism where the people are employed but are forced to work at subpar wages. Even if this was sold as a means of getting the jobs that were lost back the union forces would make the case that this is giving the owners the deal that they had walked away from - 15 years ago when the plant was closed. And despite the examples highlighted on "LinkTV" where the WORKERS reopened a closed manufacturing plant in a few places around the world - you can forget about this as the grand scheme to solve the problem with unemployment.
The quasi-socialist movement is inorganic and outward by nature.
Their community will only be made to prosper once the entities that are higher up in the government structure (city/county/state/feds) are lobbied to provide the needed resources so that the masses might live. Their very ideology requires a fundamental change in the orientation of this country. Where as traditionally cities, by definition were provided with a charter from the state because they had reached a point of synergy as their human, industrial, natural and transportation resources worked together to allow them to craft an "internal combustion engine" within this closed network. The modern city per the economic view of the quasi-socialist is but a container to which external sources deposit their money because the ENTITLEMENT RIGHTS of the people within trump all else. There is no longer the demand that the organization known as "the city" work in their own aggregate best interests to field an economic system that can produce such prosperity for the people based on their own choices.
During the founding of these cities as is the case in many nations - absent a federal government to act as an agent to obtain resources there was indeed an "on your own-ership" society. The other option is that their city became a ghost town.
The fatal flaw in such an "nationalized entitlement" outlook is that the CONSEQUENCES of bad policy within these city units is abstracted away from the local leadership as the higher order government is mandated to make up for the shortfall that was generated from their choices. In turn what is the MOTIVATION for good local government? Someone else will come take your stores of resources anyway. If there is a bigger violation of the "Ant and the Grasshopper" please show it.
Again - there is that "assumed inferiority" element that lurks so closely with progressive thought.
With this as a substructure - the movement is set. The goal is to activate the otherwise disenfranchised youth to lobby for MORE resources from the higher order government so that the conditions of their city is improved. This is the key platform from which this alliance of left wing groups that I am speaking of is derived.
Any concerns and anger over the physical assaults upon the Black community done by the individuals in the groups that are brought into the coalition must be muted. Despite the fact that they "DO ACTIONS JUST LIKE THE ENEMY"......they are OF US and ultimately can assist US in achieving our goal.
THE ROOTS OF BLACK VOTER NULLIFICATION
Since the language of the "Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism-Chaser" is one of struggle against the system, he is forced to ignore the irony that at a certain point the political power that he aggregates MAKES HIM "THE SYSTEM". Thus it stands to reason that the protesters who should be directing their anger at the officials that they put into place are instead focused upon the distant government who is "failing them". (or the distant conservatives and Republicans who are derailing them). More specifically - anyone who OPPOSE the redistribution of resources as they want it become the target of attack. (Did anyone see that Republican run from under that rock right there?)
I must say this is a brilliant strategy in the short term. Think about it - you have an ideology that rejects the capitalism that would otherwise "exploit" the unemployed youth that you are engaging. If you tried to pay them a "living wage" in an ORGANIC FASHION.....your enterprise would close because YOU'D HAVE NO MONEY in that your expenses would exceed your income!!! Thus your policies have "priced labor out of a job".
You are the office holder (or the ideological contingent from which the actual seat holders come from). You should be the recipient of the criticism and the purge attempts that the masses direct toward the very people that that are failing them. You learn over time that by MARCHING WITH THEM to obtain the resources that you lack per your inability to generate them locally. Thus your job becomes one of ADVOCACY on their behalf rather than insuring that you maintain a balanced market within which they can remain employed and one which is attractive for business. You avoid criticism because YOU REMAIN ONE OF THEM!!! (Brilliant - at least for a short while)
I can't find the article right this second - but I recall that a fellow politician said that the job #1 of the new mayor of Hartford CT must be to go to the state legislature and demand more money for the city.
WHO DO YOU BLAME WHEN YOU ARE ALL BY YOURSELVES AND YOUR PARTY HAS WON IT ALL AND YOU ARE THE PREVAILING POWER WITHIN?
Folks - I have been talking a long time about what I have called "The Black Voter Nullification". This is the reason WHY it happens. In normal circumstances the American political party system - Republican and Democrat forge the lines of demarcation between the individual camps that are fighting for resources. While there are hardened individuals in both camps that can't be swayed, the essential power player are the "Show me the Money Folks". These are the independents or slight partisans who can be swayed either way once the preponderance of evidence causes them to move in such a fashion. What happens, though, when you have such a PARTISAN IMBALANCE as you have within the Black community? What happens when all of the media messages (ie: Black talk radio, Black television, Black newspapers, man on the street conversations) are all directed toward a certain partisan end?
ANSWER - you don't have a "Democratic Purge" when the Democrats fail you. Instead you have an IDEOLOGICAL PURGE if and when a Democrat fails to tow the left wing line. Thus we see the AMPLIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT of Ideological and Partisan thought - substituting for the presence of a QUEST FOR YOUR STATED COMMON GOALS. (Sell out status!!)
Witness former US Rep Albert Wynne of Maryland. Despite being a loyal Democrat this long serving representative was "out lefted" by Donna Edwards a hard left operative who sits comfortably in an interview with "Pacifica Radio" knowing that she is "with her people" and would not get challenged in the interview any less than Sean Hannity challenges his conservative buddies. Edwards was able to paint the staunch Democrat Wynne as "George Bush's best friend" because he voted for the Iraq War authorization and had allowed several big box stores in the district to open (Home Depot and Lowes). These very stores are today packed with people who voted against Wynne because the presence of these big boxes had drove small competitors out of business....but not the choice of these shoppers to stop conducting business with the smaller firms that lost their customers and thus went out of business. (Go figure the logic)
The Black community VIA ITS POLITICAL MACHINE is a rock solid, immutable constituency for the Democratic Party and they are ideological-fundamentalists. It is not the "results" delivered by this machine into our communities but the "intentions" (the alignment to the progressive message) that matter the most. We prefer ACTIVISTS who will lobby on our behalf to those who focus within and ask us to change. Again "Speak truth to power" lasts even when WE ARE THE POWER.
The ONLY reason why this unhealthy alliance for Black people is present IS NOT because the Democratic Party has been "delivering the goods" to the community. It hasn't. The Black community remains as a flashing warning light of some of the key "misery index" points here in America.
The reason why the Democrats have a stranglehold is because the Republican Party is the metaphor for WHITE RACISM (even when there are plenty of evidence to show that bigotry has no ideological bound - go to New Orleans and see White Democrats fighting Black Democrats) AND because of the selling of the MOVEMENT (as explained above) by the Black Political Machine.....who are, surprise, surprise Democrats. The Democratic Party is the party of the "Working Man"....even when their policies put him out of work.
THE PRIMARY OPERATIVES LEADING THE WAY
I highlighted the logic of Dr Ronald Walters - a Democrat, a Political Science Professor and purportedly a Black man working for the Black best interests despite my serious doubts of such. In his body of work titled "The Costs Of Racial Reconciliation" he basically laid out the "Mission from God" that most Blacks who look past the present failures of the Democratic Party on the local level cleave to. There is a big drive to "keep the faith and remain unified" in the movement and struggle despite what the evidence tells them otherwise. I like to hit Dr Walters frequently - but I have respect for his acumen in knowing how Black people think and then using this for the benefit of the Democrats. I readily say the very same thing about both Russell Simmons and PDitty as political and marketing operatives. I am NOT saying that he or they are ultimately working in the best interests of Black people only that they know how we tick. Some day SOMEONE is going to rewrite the infamous "Willie Lynch Article" and apply it to how Black operatives use us.
In my view these best interests of the Black community is to form a community that is as organically empowered. This would have them centrally focused on mapping the productive actions of our people with the ultimate goals that we have - as much as practically possible and then seeking OUTSIDE HELP AS AN EXCEPTION not an ENTITLEMENT. What I am saying is that Dr Walters and others are masters at getting Black folks to see this vision via the DEMOCRATIC PARTY and the M.O. of "The Struggle". My hats off to you bro - you have been very successful in your mission. Sadly we may never recover from it.
I primarily reject the strategy of Waters, Brazile, Obama and even the much heralded Thurgood Marshall (I am reading several of his rulings - See San Antonio v. Rodriguez) is that they abstract the question of the line of aggregate choices and preferences that a group of people make and/or allow within their group domain from the end results into which the people live. While bound to this ideology they work more upon removing societal confinements that purport to stand in the way of a people more than they focus on ever asking these same people to make more directed action and thus improve their own standing. Are there exceptions that prevent a person from standing - YES. This does not mean that you must make everyone an "exception".
Don't be fooled. All of their actions are being conducted under the guise of "Reparations for Slavery one drop at a time". They seemingly never seek the planned separation or disengagement from the system or the resources provisioned in response to the INJURY once the injured bird begins to fly once again. They will always seek to collapse any artificial political boundaries that separate their people of interests from the pile of RESOURCES that they need to live the lifestyle that they desire. The thought of implementing "localized socialism" where the people themselves are the main agents of sharing is seemingly out of the question. They know that the same people who will demand a tax increase upon their rich neighbor is not inclined to "give till it hurts" to ride their schools of 30 year old text books.
I have always said "progressivism is not organic - it is confiscatory" by its nature. They want prosperity through redistribution under the guise of a "fair economy". Left in the wake of this plan is a people who are IN RECEIPT OF BENEFIT but not necessarily able to PROVIDE THE SERVICES to their own people because service delivery is but a secondary demand to the receipt of.
Their claim is that if provided with the EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES that have been long sought after - the people will be made whole and fly. They will tell you that equal and adequate educational funding is the cornerstone of our freedom as a people. "Deny us resources for education and you destroy our future." Oddly enough, in my view, they tell of the need to develop these young minds to become professionals while at the same time abstracting them in aggregate from the consequences of failing to perform in a directed path that would have them to "do it because we need you to provide services for the community".
How does one get to the point of self sufficiency and "taking care of our own" when your raison d'etre is a government caretaker state that removes the need for them to do so?
How do do the extreme left elements purport to seek to destroy capitalism yet require it to stay a live so it can be milked?
Analysis of their educational funding argument shows that they are seeking EQUAL funding with the ubiquitous "White suburb" than you could ever expect them to be satisfied with "adequate funding" with which it is reasonable to expect better academic results. In engaging in such an argument their actual focus on academic outcomes becomes secondary and it all becomes a money chase. Walk down this path at your own peril.
It is clear to me that the movement is more about INTENTIONS and OUTWARD DEMANDS - "The Struggle" if you will, than about ever achieving a certain point of accomplishment and 'conserving' it, protecting it against all who might erode it back into chaos.
To get back on track from my original argument - let me bring back in the "Criminal Element" and the Hip Hop faction. To be clear - NOT ALL HIP HOPPERS ARE CRIMINALS but it sure seems like all of the criminal element is down with "hip hop". Tell me that I am wrong?
I question if some people actually believe that a convicted person has HARMED THE COMMUNITY and thus violated 'its laws' as opposed to "Their Law" - "They" being the people way down in city hall or the state legislature who wrote them. How do you have COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP if you don't fundamentally believe that the laws that govern the community are laws that are in the aggregate best interests of the community? YOU CAN'T!
This is the fatal consequence of having outsourced both your consciousness and inferiorized your own people. This is a non-recoverable error which the people will need to go 40 years into the wilderness to be purged of the after effects.
SILENCE ABOUT THE "THUG ELEMENT" NOW WAVING THE FLAG
In this current presidential election season where Barack Obama is likely to be our next president - how odd it is to see the same element who last week was in the drug game and saying "F_ck The Police" are now strong Obama Supporters. (Side note - the local Gay paper also believes that Obama will be great for the hopes of Gay marriage - so I do hold out the notion that Obama can be "all things to all people).
I have also been reporting on the lack of outrage and protests over the senseless and heinous killings of Black people that have been going on in the streets. I assure you that 80% of these killings are related to the "Drug Game" some how. There is an incestuous relationship between the drug dealing, the marketing of materialism on videos, the strip club circuit and the hip hop music that adds a beat to sooth the soul of all of the operatives working against our community.
Why is there silence from the Black community and the Usual Suspects who march when it comes to government infractions but in the face of the abundant killings WITHIN, the CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS and WITNESS SUPPRESSION that "Stop Snitching" brings forth - we don't hear from them????? At least not in the form that they show when a White person does the same civil rights infractions. I think I told you the answer already.
THE GRAND CONSPIRACY THAT LINKS IT ALL TOGETHER
Once the people have been convinced that there is a conspiracy set out AGAINST THEM and that OUTSIDERS are forcing Black men who have no employable skills (due to discrimination - but not their own making - of course), the system that denies them the education that would have made them upstanding citizens, the system that throws them in jail because each Black body locked up translates into a line item on an invoice for prison services rendered, the system that works in cahoots with the gun industry to pump guns into the community. After all of this these external conspirators have crafted these conditions to make the a tinderbox that we have in certain communities...............Why on Earth would anyone who BELIEVES THIS blame the INTERNAL OPERATIVES WHO ARE ACTUALLY DOING THE DIRT? (Sadly some of you believe that every element that I have just listed to be true - this is something that you need to deal with on your own).
NON-WHITE WHITE SUPREMACY UNDERLYING IT ALL
Last week I exchanged emails with a good friend of mine who told of how Chevron Oil PAID Nigerian Army personnel to KILL NIGERIANS that were protesting at the Chevron production plant in the Nigerian Delta region. I asked my friend - "How is it that you blame the corporation when the key elements that you told me were that
* Government troops
* On Nigerian soil
* Killed Nigerian citizens
* Who were protesting Environmental destruction in their country
* Done by a corporation
"WHERE IS THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT in this story?" I asked. Aren't they the controlling legal agent for all that happens on their lands?
His response is in line with what the rationale that we see domestically among our people:
"You know that the Nigerian government doesn't run things in their country!! They have no power against these oil companies. What do you expect them to do?"
This from a highly educated Black man. What might have been true during the days of colonization STILL has the same power in the mind of those who are afraid to test the limits TODAY to see if this is in fact still true. We continue to stick our toes in the water to test the tolerances of WHITE FOLKS. When are we going to start testing our own capacity to operate with the confidence that TIMES HAVE CHANGED and thus make expectations upon our people accordingly? No more inferiorizations!
This response exactly matches the prevailing notions that are seen within many people who are a part of our community. Their de facto belief that some outside forces are ultimately in charge and are plotting against us cause them to become IMMOBILIZED in regards to doing anything meaningful against the internal termites who are eating the hell out of their infrastructure. Instead they are most active in their focus against the vast network of external conspirators. Who kills more Black folks today than US? Certainly not Rednecks doing target practice in the mountains.
Thus the Drug Element of the Hip Hop scene - be they former drug dealers like Young Jeezy (Young Jeezy Implicated In Cocaine Case) or those who are fast and loose with the imagery of the marriage between drug dealers and the music scene are able to "join the activism movement" because it is actually THE POLICE who are harassing them - not their own actions that are suspect. They only sold drugs because society cut off all other avenues for them to follow.
So how does all of this fit together?
ANSWER - It DOESN'T!!! At least not logically.
It does begin to answer some questions regarding why we as a community focus on certain things and express "Nullified" aggregate responses with the assumption that in our little bit of personal rebellion or refutation against Da Man - we have actually accomplished something.
What we have instead is a very fragmented Black community. A community that remains on the CHASE rather than working to MANAGE ITS OWN AFFAIRS within the four corners of the domain of its control. The dope boys and assailants are given a tacit wink and nod because they are only operating out of DESPERATION and NECESSITY in that someone else set them up where they could only do as such in order to survive - even if they are doing net harm to their community.
The community is left to absorb the negative imagery and lower its standards. The goal is to not criticize them so that they will rebel about OUR COMMUNITY AUTHORITY. Wake up people.....they already have!
The collective Black community can't act out against this internal threat and focus on retaining these degraded standards - THAT'S CONSERVATIVE AFTER ALL.
PUNITIVE responses would be necessitated and this is something we cannot do. After all we are the "consciousness of America", the moral standard bearers not the oppressors. The resulting function of this is that all is turned over to POLICE ENFORCEMENT to handle the dirty work. With our CLEAN HANDS we are able to PROTEST AGAINST THE POLICE whenever they VIOLATE OUR RIGHTS.
All of this winds up to be one strange orgy of incompatible goals.
The worse thing that could happen to the "Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chaser" movement would be those who are ripe for the picking resist their expansive confiscation attempts and forced them to live in the isolated communities where they have allowed the culture that they are tolerant of to flourish. In forcing the "Black Flight Progressive" to return to his creation and thus now have permanent skin in the game - the CULTURAL CIVIL WAR that is needed within Black America would be initiated. No longer can the "Morally Superior Intellectual" RUN AWAY from the painful truth that he is in denial of.
With the Republican/Conservative scapegoat out of the way he will be forced to confront that which he hath made. After all he used these forces to gain power and now he is the POWER - he must deal with them.