Black culture has been weaponized to control the hearts and minds of Black folks. War takes many shapes and forms: some wars are violent, loud, and destructive. Others are quiet wars that use silent weapons.
Once we understand the nature of the weapons used against us, we can develop strategies to protect ourselves and our movements.
And while these weapons are not physically lethal, they are just as destructive as any conventional weapons and tactics. Specifically, cultural rebels have the same effect on us as rebels have had on regimes of the past.
Here is how…
How “Rebels” Are Used As A Weapon of War
The skilled war fighter knows that it is easier to invade, conquer, and control a group of people in chaos than it is to invade and control a group that is culturally, administratively, and militarily sound. Therefore, it becomes essential to destabilize the current way of life.
Western nations have always used spies, rebels, operatives, and insurgents to destabilize countries prior to military intervention. America in particular mastered this strategy during World War II, when German spies that rebelled against Hitler where quickly turned into double agents.
These agents helped to transmit misinformation to Hitler’s regime, were instrumental in breaking Germany’s encryption codes, and gave the West direct access to the hearts and minds of the people of Nazi Germany. So effective was this strategy writes Ben MacIntyre, author of Double Cross, that “we actively controlled the German espionage system in the country” on a day-to-day level. Using this system, the United States, Great Britain, and their allies were able to turn public opinion against Hitler and his Nazi regime.
Later in Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah would be forced into exile by CIA – backed “rebels” who also used a media campaign to destroy Nkrumahs legacy and to bury his ideas on African unification and independence.
Patrice Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961) was the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960. Only twelve weeks later, Lumumba’s government was overthrown and destroyed in a United Nations backed coup.
Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera (February 13, 1929 – July 31, 1981) was the Commander of the Panamanian and National Guard and the de facto leader of Panama from 1968 to 1981. In his book titled Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins alleges that Torrijos was assassinated by American interests, who had a bomb planted aboard his aircraft by CIA organized operatives. Why? Because Torrijos decided to exert authority over the American owned Panama canal (which, by the way, was in his country!)
Of course, the documents with the investigations about the cause of the accident were missing during the U.S. invasion in Panama on December 20, 1989 and never found. Torrijos died shortly after the inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan, just two months after Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós died in strikingly similar circumstances.
There was also the Arab Spring, which was successful in destabilizing the entire Middle East. It shouldn’t be surprising that Moncef Marzouki, leader of Tunisia, Abdurrahim Abdulhafiz El-Keib, leader of Libya, and Mohamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat, leader of Egypt were all American educated and supported by the United States.
These former rebel leaders are all now in positions of power, thanks to social media.
What do military interventions have to do with Black Culture?
For African-Americans, music has always played a central role in influencing the hearts and minds of the people. From the old Negro spirituals sung by slaves, to the jazz of the Harlem renaissance, to James Brown singing “say it loud, I’m Black and Im proud!”, our music has always reflected the souls of Black folk.
In the early days of hip hop, revolutionary voices like Public Enemy and the X-Clan and many others called us to revolution, and kept the spirit of the Black Power era alive.
Our enemies are intelligent. And they know how to exploit weaknesses in the groups they seek to destabilize.
Just as the espionage system was Nazi Germany’s lynchpin, the media was Nkrumah’s lynchpin, and the economy was Torrijos’ lynchpin – our enemies know that culture is the key to the hearts and souls of Black folk.
In short – to destabilize the Black community, they know they must destabilize our culture.
– They know that if you change the image of Black male and female relationships and you change the integrity of the Black family unit.
– They know that if you tell stories that support western values, Black folks are more likely to imitate western values.
– They know that if you worship celebrities, then you are more likely to be influenced by those celebrities. And if our enemies control the messages that those celebrities broadcast, they can control the masses.
This is how cultural rebels are created. By using aggressive, sexually charged lyrics, profane imagery, and shocking violence, these well-funded, record label backed rebels hijacked Black culture to influence the hearts and minds of Black folk to move into a different direction. And now these rebels are all currently in positions of power and influence.
How The Media Is Used As A Weapon
Media is one of the most powerful vehicles for the transmission of messages ever created.
The media has been used as a cultural weapon early on. From the days of Black face and Steppin Fetchitt to images of Black men in drag, the American media has been used to devastate our self-image, our self-esteem, and our idea of what should be expected of us as Black men and women.
Media geared towards Black men, women, and children has been engineered to destabilize our culture – and it has worked. Whereas we once controlled our culture, our messages, and our ideals of Blackness, the media has promoted images of video vixens, ultra violence, and a dumbed-down philosophy.
To make it easier to digest these destructive elements, producers will use catchy jingles and beats that sound like nursery rhymes.
Rather than praising substance, these rebels urged listeners to praise materialism. Rather than reflecting the strength that has traditionally been the Black family unit, these rebels pushed “O.P.P” and pimpin.
Gil Scott Heron, Cool Herc, Dead Prez, Common, and the Fugees were pushed aside for Spice One, Snoop, The Cash Money Brothas, No Limit, Kanye West, and Young Money.
With more media coverage given to the agenda presented by the rebels, the public is made to believe that the rebels actually represent the predominant will of the people. The reality is that the cameras cannot and do not speak for the rest of the citizenry.
When the illegal overthrow of Momar Quaddafi’s government was underway, one Western nation after another turned against the North African leader and recognized the opposition Transitional National Council – the rebels – as Libya’s legitimate government. No one knew who this group was, or what their plans were for Libya…not even the Libyans.
In announcing U.S. recognition of the TNC July 15, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the group as “the legitimate governing authority for Libya.” Media viewers around the world believed that the rebels represented the people of Libya, and therefore bought the entire croc of shit as being legit.
In Uganda, the same strategy was used to justify U.S. involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa and to raise funds for an obscure white charity. Remember Kony 2012?
In Black culture here in America, we have been made to believe that all Black men and women act out in certain stereotypical, anti-social, misogynistic patterns of behavior. Our media portrays us as being buck dancing, bling rocking, gang-banging, pants-sagging, white girl loving and Black man hating. In the past, these behavior patterns were marginal, but recently we have seen the emergence of these fringe lunatics in everyday Black culture.
Rather than art imitating life, life has begun to imitate art. Everyone talks about keeping it real, meanwhile allowing themselves to be influenced by the unreal.
Its time we started to call these hip hop hoes, cultural insurgents, uninformed rap moguls, and merchants of miseducation out.
In the hands of the right group, media can be a tool to evolve our culture to unimagined heights. In the hands of the wrong people, it can become a tool to propagate violence, mass manipulation, sexual deviancy, and total destruction. It is our duty to become culture warriors.
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