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Why is dissent by people of color less powerful than that we remember?
Why are African-American youth being so easily distracted, excluded and destroyed in American society when their own culture has for generations taught so powerfully how to surmount any obstacle?
The roots of the problem present some irony. Originally, African-Americans had to develop a powerful ethic of back-to-back unity in order to survive and progress through American society; this ethic was learned quickly and reinforced from slavery and all the way through Jim Crow. Without this unity, African-Americans would never have been able to build up, eventually, the resistance and civil rights efforts that ended Jim Crow.
Due to Human nature, there had to be a downside to this practice, and in part it led to the practice of a kind of 'schoolboy' secrecy: even the most upstanding African-American wouldn't turn in the worst Black criminal to the White police. To do so would often mean being killed or at least ostracized, considering the cost of being captured by an especially vindictive and racist legal system, even for Blacks known to be innocent.
While on one hand, the intense loyalty of Black people toward each other allowed them to build a movement that would enable them to battle racism. On the other hand, it helped inadvertently to ingrain upon some young Black males a belief that they did no wrong in their criminal behavior against anyone, because they still received the support and even, often enough, the friendship of the Black community.
Fast-forwarding to the present, with the decimation of the family structure combined with the incredibly pollutive, consumer-driven popular culture assaulting the Black community via the Big Media, whole neighborhoods are being bred into communities of relative sociopaths. Reinforcement for callous, dangerous and destructive behavior has created legions of people who are no longer connected to the true African-American culture of resistance and achievement but that honestly believe that the worst, most socially depraved behavior is correct.
Bill Cosby was widely condemned in the African-American community and media for twice criticizing part of his community for the behaviors of what I still do not believe to be the majority of African-Americans. However, because of many destructive forces in American life, particularly in the lives of Black Americans, the deculturalized element - that is, 'ghetto people' or those who identify with ghetto life rather than try to surmount it - is becoming a dangerous and detractive plurality. This is not to say that the White community hasn't always had this problem, i.e. - the stereotype 'trailer trash' on the daily talk shows right alongside 'ghetto trash'.
The result of all of this is a generation of African Americans with virtually none of the ethic of resistance or connection with the history of dissent and direct action of Black Americans even merely thirty years past.
The motivation for what has in fact been a concentrated effort on the part of the Big Media and false left leadership, as well as the government's masters, has been to cripple and destroy the Nation's greatest stronghold and breeding ground for resistance and effective civil rights activism: the Black community.
After the murders of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, the FBI devised the sinister COINTELPRO (counter-intelligence program). Its purpose was to decimate the civil-rights leadership of African-Americans (focused mainly on the Black Panther movement) and Native Americans (similarly focused on the leaders of the American Indian Movement, such as miraculous survivor, now political prisoner Leonard Peltier and countless Native leaders murdered by FBI agents and collaborator Natives). This program resulted in the decimation of hundreds of up-and-coming civil-rights leaders in each community, many of the same caliber as King and Malcolm X.
Thus, people of color have often been reduced to stumbling in darkness under the false and usurpational psuedoleadership of race traitors. Present examples are Jesse Jackson (suspected by many of involvement in King's death), Louis Farrakhan (who narrowly avoided assassination at the hands of Malcolm X's daughter, who like many others believes Farrakhan to be involved in the death of her father).
Like African-Americans, Native Americans have been marginalized and excluded. Also like African-Americans, Native Americans have tried their best to preserve and connect their culture to the mainstream in a manner that preserves their true voice and represents them to the rest of society on their own terms. For example, in a newfound tradition in Native cinema, the First Peoples are showing a resistance to the destruction of their culture that is proving to have a great crossover appeal in American popular culture.
Certainly there has long been a tradition of African American film, going all the way back to the Black retort to 'Birth of a Nation' through 'Roots' to 'Boys in the Hood' and 'Malcolm X'. Black filmmakers have a powerful catalogue of works despite the negative effects of exploitive efforts such as 'Barbershop', the current crop of films by gangsta rappers and the old 'Blaxploitation' films. (Remember 'Blacula'?)
The African-American culture - the REAL African-American culture so brilliantly created in the refiner's fire of slavery, Jim Crow and the Harlem Renaissance and since - is powerful and rich and deep.
The Media-generated replacement that is being perpetrated so widely and loudly in its place is one of the greatest destructive weapons America's corporate masters have developed yet in their conspiracy to lop the heads off the leadership of American dissent. Nipping rebellion in the bud is easier than one may expect: just repackage it and market it as suicidal angst and a base paean to the flesh.
Simply Americanize it!