The problem is that these individuals make use of our RACE as a means of obtaining ideological and partisan advantage. They have little to show for the benefit of our community as a result of their systematic antics. The only benefit that is received is "Ideological Unity Within The Black Community". I am forced to believe that this is their ultimate goal.
During this election season I monitored a variety of news sources - Black, White, pro-Republican and pro-Democrat. Radio, television, newspaper, blog and quasi-news web sites. Again I noted no difference between the fundamental loyalties between Black and White except that White people have their loyalties spread across the ideological domain. Black people are more concentrated toward the progressive domain AND make use of their race as a cover for ideological and partisan agenda.
The biggest threat to the Black community consciousness are those propagandists that are embedded inside of our "protected community consciousness zone" and who use the confidence that has been entrusted to them to work as an agent for some other agenda that is not of our own.
In this immediate election past the Black vote was NATIONALIZED. As I drove around areas inside of the City of Atlanta I saw an array of campaign signs that were plastered in unkempt lots of trash and overgrown grass. This symbolically demanded that the Black people living within look past the "benign neglect" of the physical landscape around them and instead key in upon the false hope that was represented on the glossy signs that were planted within.
These antics set the stage for the "non-managed" state that is present in too many communities that contain "the Least of These People". Their hopes are liquidated into something of value to the political overlay that represent themselves as the community leadership: VOTES.
With the gap between the political advocacy that the people are enlisted upon and the (organically produced) higher standard of living that they seek growing larger the people are made more desperate and dependent upon the process as they are trapped in the vortex. The incremental power that this machine acquires allows them to take over more institutions. In as much as these institutions fails to deliver as promised - the people become more isolated where they reside. This isolation creates desperation due to the lack of productivity within. The productivity that was sold but never delivered because the potential of the people were never developed via the competencies that were not enhanced within the people.
Unless someone intervenes to reset this fatal loop our community's interests will continue to be squandered for some external entity's benefit.
The Black Press If The Biggest Co-Conspirator In The Scheme
In the model of the "Black Establishment" above one stands supreme in support of interest of "The Black Rank & File" - The Black Press.
While all of the other tentacles attached with the establishment work as loosely coupled operatives in support of the same goal - it is the Black Press that has the unique position in which they have the power of the mass media to affect a course correction when the results are not in line with the promises and our community needs.
Of course ideology and party often trumps all else. For many people within this establishment they would rather be "Unified but ultimately INEFFECTIVE in actually delivering upon their promises for the Black community's development" than they care to go against the grain of that which is POPULAR as they seek to recalibrate these collective efforts toward actually delivering upon the promised benefit.
The biggest culprit in this "Enforced Unity" is the use of race based FEAR. Even in an area in which this machine has total control over all of the institutions from victories past - their present failures can be overwritten by prompting the people to look in UNITY - at some external threat that they are told to stand strong against. With this unified sense of purpose no one who has failed the community need have their toes stepped upon.
The Black Press NEEDS TO STEP ON TOES in order to serve its proper role. It stands to reason that since the people are still aggrieved in their circumstances and the Black Press purports to be the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE then we must conclude that the Black press in its present form has been hijacked. They aren't voicing the people's concerns against those who are in power and are failing them in their schools, their public safety, the failure to develop the local economy.
Instead the Black Press is the VOICE OF THE BLACK ESTABLISHMENT. It has been perverted into the role of protecting the interests of this establishment (namely the political establishment). We have been told that the proof of Black community advancement is shown by the number of Black elected officials. I reject this as I proclaim that the proof of the community advancement is seen in :
- the quality of our schools
- the statistical safety of our community
- the economic productivity that transpires in our own communities
- That school that is presently in many Black inner city locations was once a segregated school that no Black was permitted to set foot in (Gompers Elementary in Philadelphia, for example)
- The physical violence that we see in our community and the threat of violence that is contained in that million selling hip hop song were once uniquely done and said by those who were identified as enemies to the Black community rather than residing within
- The desperate need for survival of our community demanded that every soul of sound mind and sound body engage in productive work so that the storehouse can be filled for the harsh winter
Today there is a gross abstraction in our quest for voting. Unfortunately party politics have totally sublimated our community interests. Some people mistake the state of "being in receipt of benefit" with that of leveraging the people and the institutions to deliver upon our needs as a community.