I have been preaching that race is a social construct for a long time. It is used to keep people divided so that they are so consumed with, said idiocy, that they fail to realize the real enemy, an economic system dependent on the ignorance of the masses as the "race(less)" capitalist laugh themselves to their bank.
Most consider our reigning TIC, President Donald Trump, the Thug-in-Chief a racist. Yet Steve Harvey and Kanye West have no problem being in his presence. Have Oprah, Beyonce, or P. Diddy used their platform to effectively fight this TIC who is a clear and present danger to people of color? And four lines in a song don't count.
I use a common phrase throughout many of my episodes in Politics Done Right that says something similar to the following.
When we unite the barrios, the ghettos, and Appalachia is when we, the poor and the middle-class take what is rightfully ours, the economy of this great country. Until then, we are in the trap of the Plutocracy.
It is a stereotypical statement but the message is clear. The masses irrespective of race have just about everything in common. Yet, the Plutocracy injects divisions with misinformation that have disparate groups fearing each other or blaming each other for their problems. Of course, their problems are a direct result of an extractive economy that just wants their indentured servitude. The Powell Manifesto was in fact very effective.
One would think that one of the most wealthy black capitalists, Robert L. Johnson would remember that there was a time that people of color were not chosen to join that club. And yes, I said, chosen. Anyone can be a free enterprise(r) based on their desire to work, create, and innovate. Joining the upper echelons of capitalism, however, requires being chosen by the titans of finance. It is not a democratic process based solely on skills, aptitude, and best-developed product (i.e, there were many operating systems better than MS-DOS, Apple Computers are nowhere close to being the best technology, etc.). It is important that all Americans understand these realities of capitalism lest they continue to make suboptimal choices or lose self-esteem when they see less-than-the-best get footholes in the economy.
Robert L. Johnson is the founder of BET, Black Entertainment Television. This capitalist used his station to exploit black people unbeknownst to many. Just like reality T.V. exploits all Americans by creating an addictive product because of a part of our carnality whose curiosity would have us fixate on the depraved, BET was tailored to do that to black people. He should have used the platform, yes to entertain, but with a more conscious and needed public service component for his base. I love the bump and grind like everyone else but would have enjoyed a component that helped give more directions on upward mobility and navigating for success. Suffice it to say he made hundreds of millions with his exploitative process.
CNBC elicited capitalist Johnson's opinion on Senator Warren's new bill. He did not disappoint them. He came on and equated her bill as tantamount to Marxism. Does he not know that her bill is not all that dissimilar to what's done in Germany? The fact is, their CEOs and executives do not make inordinate salaries and hundreds of times more than their average workers as we do here where unfettered capitalism reigns with a minimal safety net.
BET Founder Robert L. Johnson, just another exploitative capitalist
Our form of capitalism corrupts one's moral values. It creates a tunnel vision where one forgets their past struggles based directly on the oppressive economic system they have been chosen to join. They are oblivious to the suffering of a large percentage of the masses.
It is vogue now to concentrate on the racist segment of the Trump supporters. Those are the ones I am the least concerned about. It is those who don't give a damn that should worry us most. They are willing to accept any character or morals in a leader as long as their personal economies benefit orders of magnitude over everyone else.