systemic economic and political power-brokers of the
States’ elite have always understood
that the most effective way to control people is, first
and foremost, through the incessant application and
perpetuation of mental chains. It is crucial
that everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and
Yellow people understand this and act accordingly.
the inception of the United States, White people
in this nation were fed the fallacious and artificial
notion of superiority, while Black, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people were simultaneously administered
the poisonous pills of supposed inferiority.
For generations, color [i.e. skin pigmentation] and/or
ethnicity were effectively used to divide and thereby
control everyday people. In other words, the internal
mental colonization of ordinary people was being
utilized by the systemic power-elite to harness and
manipulate the very thought processes of everyday
people. This paradigm of power and distorted human
relations was tenaciously maintained by the
power-elite of this nation until it became expedient
for these power-brokers to insidiously tweak
it in order to remain secure in their positions of economic
and political power in this, the 21st century.
hegemony on the part of this nation’s power-elite was,
and remains today, part and parcel of the above-described
paradigm of power and distorted human relations.
Thus, in the year 2008, the economic and political power-brokers,
which have morphed into what is presently referred to
as the corporate elite, overwhelmingly
acted together (be they so- called Democrats or Republicans)
to take full and crass advantage of the very odious
paradigm of mental colonization which they themselves
had so long maintained, by ensuring that the nominally
black, then candidate (Barack Obama) - who publicly
claimed to be the champion of everyday ordinary
people - would be ‘elected’ and installed as
the next head of the U.S. corporate/military Empire.
This was, of course, a cruel but well planned hoax
by the corporate power elite of this nation, perpetrated
against struggling ordinary people. Neither the
corporate owned Democratic party or the corporate owned
Republican party, offered then in 2008 or now in 2012,
the much-needed systemic change that everyday
people desire and deserve. Nevertheless, the pressing
question is: How could such a terrible hoax be so thoroughly
perpetrated against the people? The answer is, that
when a people have been so thoroughly mentally colonized,
they are in a constant state of vulnerability. Mental
colonization equals subjugation. Only by exposing,
and simultaneously breaking free of and from, this hideous
form of colonization can the ability to critically
think and analyze be regained and vigorously applied.
are, to be sure, additional factors which feed into
mental colonization. One such factor is greed. Primarily,
it is the greed of the corporate elite, but it is not
limited to them. For example, the greed and callousness
of much of the relatively tiny ‘Black elite’
and the Black so-called ‘intelligentsia’ in the United States, in this year 2012, is at an all
time high. These Black misleaders, like their counterparts
of varying colors, have no conscience and no shame.
In the name of serving the people they economically
pimp them even as they “distort, disfigure, and [attempt
to] destroy” the history and ongoing struggle of everyday
people. The very last thing these de facto economic
and political vampires actually want to see come to
fruition in this nation is economic, political, social
parity and justice for everyone. They are, in
fact, among those whom Malcolm X (el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz)
described as “those who want to continue the
system of exploitation.” They are systemic
gate-keepers, and they have betrayed and are betraying,
factor that feeds into the perpetuation of mental colonization
is the constant distraction by and from the corporate-stream
media, including so-called ‘news’ outlets and the Hollywood mind distracters. Moreover, corporate advertising on television,
in print media, and on the internet, in addition
to distracting people, barrages them (subliminally
and/or blatantly) with messages that invoke greed, envy,
or low self-worth. After all (so the messages imply),
if persons do not possess such and such corporate product
- their humanity is somehow of less or no value.
Distorted corporate messages claiming to define success,
beauty, or worth, etc. keep people distracted
and manipulated in a perpetual state of mental colonization.
Moreover, the endless Hollywood glorification of, or
rationalization for, perpetual U.S. wars is augmented
by corporate television cop shows that essentially deny
and/or rationalize the enormous police brutality
experienced by so many ordinary everyday people throughout
this nation. And of course, it almost goes without saying,
the corporate-owned and/or corporate-sponsored ‘news’
media feeds everyday people a pathetic and dangerous
diet of disinformation, misinformation and
the corporate owned politicians of the Democratic and
Republican parties, etc., hypocritically wring
their hands in feigned distress at the increasing
despair and anger permeating U.S.
society. All of the aforementioned is an integral part
of what the colonization of our minds is all
about, and it is deliberately maintained by the corporate
elite who own and have subverted the U.S. political
system from the White House on down.
in general, and Black Americans in particular, have
been and are, particularly vulnerable to mental colonization.
The effects of this form of colonization have proven
to be disastrous, not only to the everyday people of
this nation, but also to peoples throughout the entire
planet of Mother Earth. If humanity is to survive, we
must break free of this colonization.
hideous ‘Patriot’ Act, so-called corporate ‘personhood,’
and the odious and draconian indefinite detention
of U.S. citizens without even the pretense of due
process (known as the National Defense Authorization
Act-NDAA) are, in this year of 2012, the law of
the land in the United States. They are indefensible
and were brought upon us by both the corporate
Democrats and the corporate Republicans. Indeed, the
signing stroke of U.S. president Barack Obama’s
pen (on December 31, 2011) made the unthinkable
and reprehensible indefinite detention
of U.S. citizens inside the U.S. (without being charged,
or receiving a trial, a jury, or even a legal defense
counsel, etc.) now legal. This
should give everyone serious pause for thought.
Who else but the articulate, corporate-backed, former
university instructor of constitutional law,
war mongering, president - Barack Obama - could have
gotten away so quickly, effectively and legally with
utterly destroying the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution,
all in the ambiguous name of “hope and change?!!”
Had people not been so thoroughly mentally colonized,
this horror may have been avoided. But for now, the
Obama brand has carried out an infamy against political
dissent and the human rights of everyday people
in this nation, the likes of which no previous U.S.
president had been able to get away with.
ramifications of this, for the present and the future,
of everyday people in the United States are both ominous and chilling. The
political power brokers and puppet-masters of the U.S. corporate/military elite have, at
least for the time being, carried out - in the person
of Barack Obama - a stunning coup against the people
of the United States, and ultimately the world.
the irony in all of this is that Barack Obama (whether
or not he is re-(s)elected and re-installed as U.S.
president) is fundamentally of little further
use to his corporate puppet- masters (other than for
continued propaganda value and as possible ‘ghetto uprising
insurance’); for he has already no doubt carried out
their desires far quicker and more adroitly than even
they themselves might have envisioned. Unfortunately
however, for the everyday Black, White, Brown, Red,
and Yellow people of this nation, our peril has increased
ten-fold. Nevertheless, all is by no means lost.
way of increased political organizing and resistance,
it is imperative that everyday people make a collective
and ongoing conscious effort to de-colonize
our minds. It is imperative that we unplug ourselves
and each other from the mental colonization and death
grip of the Democratic and Republican corporate parties
and their accomplices and operatives.
process of mental colonization certainly did
not begin with the installment of Barack Obama.
It was however, horribly enhanced by it. The
most effective antidote to mental colonization is to
consciously reclaim our abilities to critically
think and analyze. Without reclaiming and applying
the mental tools of critical thought and analysis,
everyday people remain vulnerable to manipulation in
the form of mental colonization.
ordinary people hold the key to their/our own economic,
political, and social liberation. Yet, this liberation
must begin with the conscious de-colonization
[liberation] of our own minds. Remember and internalize
the words of the late South African political activist
and organizer, Steve Biko: “The most potent weapon in
the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the
as we organize to bring about systemic change,
we must actively de-colonize our minds - each
one teaching one - each one reaching one. This remains
a long and protracted struggle.
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.