Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Manipulate Black Public Opinion By Dangling Red Meat That Is Laced With The Popular Enemy's Scent
This is a blog of observations and strategy.
It so happens that politics and ideology is so pervasive in the lives of Black Americans that the discussion of how the forces of politics bear upon the Black community is a necessary point of analysis and debate.
When forces who understand how Black people think then use this fact to purposely manipulate our opinions - this is indeed a issue of "Strategy For A People Seeking Repair" and not just a matter of ideological and political jousting.
Using A Popular Enemy Of Black People To Manipulate The Reactions Of Blacks
Again I bring up a real world political issue for the purposes of analysis of how it bears down upon Black people, not to debate the issue itself.
The recent loss of an American drone into the hands of the Iranians provided the backdrop. This craft is a high tech and classified vehicle, a worthy trophy for the Iranians to place on display.
I make my inference of the common belief in the Black community that American CIA intervention in foreign nations as a provocateur is frowned upon. There are many decades of criticism that I can point to as a means of establishing this as the general disposition of most politically aware Blacks.
From my analysis - the news about the Iranian drones brought a challenge to those who, I believe, are conscious about what they tee up to their audience of Black, progressive listeners. They have a vested interest in distinguishing President Obama's actions from the actions of the US Military & Intelligence Industrial Complex. They make the point that these forces are going to continue doing what they have always been doing. The best thing that Obama can do is make them "less evil" but not fundamentally change them. The "dogs of war" will always bite. Fair enough.
On the subject of the American drone - from my estimation this news of the Iranian capture broke last Wednesday. This story did not get popular airplay on the sources of political discourse to Black people (ie: Black Wing Talk Radio) until Tuesday. The precipitating event for these discussions - again in my analysis, was not the drone in the hands of the Iranians - an event that happened last week.
The event that precipitated the discussions on Black-wing talk radio was the fact that former Vice President Dick Cheney, a Republican, criticized President Obama on his handling of the drone issue. Cheney argued that President Obama should have launched a military operation to either destroy or retrieve the craft that reportedly malfunctioned over Afghanistan or Pakistan (during a top secret operation ) and then crashed on Iranian soil.
As I listened to several radio shows that cater to Black people the slight of hand was clear. The radio hosts TIED the public events details about the drone with the comments of Dick Cheney. The point of this post is the analysis of this deliberate scheme. The results speak for themselves.
While I did not keep written records and I am only speaking from my perceptions - since the majority of the radio hosts asked the question akin to "What do you think about Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama......................." - the responses given were to this leading question.
It was clear that this news event was used to compel Black people to fight in the continuing proxy war against the right-wing, conservative Republicans. NOT for the purposes of transparently discussing an important national security issue with certain ramifications in the diplomatic and military conflict with Iran.
Ironically even when the few callers that mentioned that the United States is provoking Iran into a military conflict they spoke of "The United States" in terms of it being an "out of body experience" from Commander In Chief Obama - who sits at the helm. Once again - "The System" is blamed when a favorable person sits in the chair. The occupant of the chair is blamed when an enemy is sitting within.
This small tricks which do well for embedded operatives to retain "Black congregational unity" in focus are disastrous to our long term community and global consciousness.
We recently saw that a NATO/Western Imperialist war launched upon a sovereign nation in Africa AND the prosecution of a high rate of African leaders in the International Criminal Court can be carried out with the approval of Black Americans merely by the positioning and marketing of these events with the benefit of a "favorable person" selling them to his base of supporters.
The notion that these actions of today might be setting precedents for the future in regards to the relationship between Africa and those who have historically oppressed and molested the interests of a strong and independent people living on the continent have been squandered. These in depth conversations have not happened. Mostly transactional debates in the context of domestic American politics at the presidential level have transpired.
Group manipulation is certainly not unique to Black people. Any group based on the division by age, gender , race, income or civic interest is manipulated in some way to achieve a desired reaction from the masses. The goal being to have them fighting their enemy.
The point that should trouble those who care to believe themselves to be conscious about the Black community's interests is that this same technique can be used to manipulate Black people to render silence about the traditional criticism of the American CIA into less powerful nations around the world as we instead are made to debate about the domestic "fire breathing dragon" in the context of America politics.
As such some people are more inclined to make note of the plot of land that their enemy resides per his opinions and then take the opposite position for no other reason than ceremonially opposing their enemy. This being the case even if they have abandoned or muted their previously held positions that happened to be similar to that which their enemy now occupies. It seems that the greater aversion is to occupy the views at the "same space and the same time" as this enemy - lest one be forced to argue against the "favorable force" when they run awry.
Simply put - a people cannot legitimately manage their affairs when so much of their political dogma is based exclusively upon the move of their long time ideological enemy. They can't help but to lose their own soul in the process of this jousting. This external enemy defines the terms of the debate. Their reaction is merely a function of what they see this enemy doing. Let them find themselves in a place that is absent of this enemy and their conditioning will have them seeking him out, rather than fully appreciating their challenge at hand of laying out ORGANIC view that result in the ultimate standing of the society they now control.
I hasten to believe that some people who are so tuned into their enemy's actions fail to see that others are watching them and purposefully manipulating them. In as much as some of these operatives do so under the guise of "the Black Agenda" their antics are more so contemptuous to the cause for our community development.
I don't fault the operative for doing what they do. It is the rank & file, who allow themselves to be manipulated, in their complicity of silence for the same of advancing 'the team' they provide for the conditions by which their long term interests are usurped. Those who sit silently, failing to bring forth their views that were held just prior to this latest skirmish - deserve to be cheated out of their long term future because they did everything along the way to support the theft of this consciousness.
One day the drone will target them.