systemic economic and political power-brokers of the United
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, everyday people.
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 critical omissions.
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 oppressed.”
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.