is on the side of the oppressed."
--Malcolm X [el-Hajj Mailk el-Shabazz]
"The challenge remains. On the other side are
formidable forces: money, political power, the major
media. On our side are the people of the world and a
power greater than money or weapons: the truth."
An uninformed people, irrespective of color or gender,
are an enslaved people.
The orator, former slave, and slave abolitionist
Frederick Douglass, said unequivocally that "Knowledge
makes a man unfit to be a slave." Indeed, well
informed "knowledge" makes anyone, be they a
woman or a man, "unfit to be a slave."
Or as the philosopher and author Albert Camus wrote many
years later, "What better way to enslave a man than
to give him the vote and tell him he's free." For women
and men alike, to be informed is to make us "unfit"
to be slaves. Enter the multi-national corporate-stream
'news' media and so-called 'educational' institutions of
The objective of the de facto corporate-stream 'news'
media is to "make" and keep everyday Black, White,
Brown, Red, and Yellow people fit to be systemic
slaves of and for the corporate / military elite's plutocracy
known as the United States of America. It must be clearly
understood that this nation does not have a so-called
'main stream' media. It does have a corporate-stream
media overwhelmingly owned and manipulated by a blood
sucking, profit-driven corporate elite.
The name of the insidious and despicable game of
the corporate-stream media is to keep everyday people distracted,
divided, at each other's throats, and woefully ill informed.
The goal of the corporate-stream media is to form
opinion, not inform opinion. Thus, there can be no
well informed, intelligent debate, since the issues are
framed by the corporate plutocracy in a vacuum of misinformation,
disinformation, and/or omission.
With this understanding in mind, it becomes imperative
that politically conscious people of goodwill cease seeking
or even expecting the corporate-stream media to give us
the full facts. It is simply not in their interests
to do so. The everyday people's interests and needs be damned!
Therefore, corporate-driven wars are obscenely defined
as somehow being in the ever-vague 'national interests.'
Cold blooded extra-judicial internation kidnappings and
assassinations are defined as eliminating 'high value targets,'
and corporate greed and economic austerity for everyday
people at home are defined as so-called 'right to work'
There is a growing legitimate anger and a concomitant
increasing consciousness in this nation on the part of everyday
people but don't expect the corporate-stream media to inform
you of it. It is not in their interests to do so. There
is also a growing movement in this nation on the part of
everyday people of all colors who are organizing
around and demanding real social and economic justice.
But once again, don't expect to be seriously informed
about this by the corporate-stream media.
It is time to understand that in the context of the
everyday people's struggle for genuine systemic change in
this nation and globally, the corporate-stream media is
both irrelevant and simultaneously extremely dangerous.
One does not have to totally ignore the corporate-stream
media, but understand clearly what its objectives are,
which have nothing whatsoever to do with serving or
fully informing we everyday people.
We must creatively develop the ways and means to
inform and communicate with one another by forming and supporting
an everyday people's media. Make no mistake about
this: the corporate vultures will of course attempt to
subvert this process as well, but everyday people can
be very creative, and the time is at hand when we must use
this creative ingenuity in the interests of we everyday
Stop looking to the blood sucking vulturous corporate-stream
media to be anything other than precisely what it is: manipulators
of the people - and nothing more. The only "truth"
and the only "media" that is truly relevant
is that of the everyday people.
There's much work to be done. Let us get busy and
stay busy organizing in the struggle for real systemic
change in the interests of just plain, ordinary, everyday
Onward then my sisters and brothers! Onward!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney,
is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister
of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political
prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored
his civil / political rights case to the United Nations
under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities
in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed
in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour,
formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.