Myths of Progress
The African American community is divided by myths that were intentionally fabricated to create division. For example, the belief that voting gives Black people access to political power is a myth. Once political power is achieved, economic power is then bestowed, which has not happened for African Americans. Economic power is the only respected entity in a capitalist regime, and the mistaken notion that voting alone provides the collective with access to economic power is sheer foolishness.
For example, Clyburn’s subservience to Joe Biden has been the only means to economic power for the individual. The collective may be given a few handouts from Clyburn’s subservience, but his political handlers will not provide his constituents with anything of substance. Trust me, Clyburn knows that the Black collective will not benefit from Biden as President. On the other hand, Clyburn will benefit tremendously from the role he played. Some backdoor benefits and what we call in Philadelphia “drop money,” will find its way to him. Yet, his constituents will remain as poor and destitute as they were before he prostrated himself before Joe.
Clyburn’s shameful act of deference before Biden will not benefit his voters. Police officers will continue to kill unarmed Black men, women and children. They will continue to receive support from their community, and be called heroes, no matter how many Black people they kill. There is no benefit to the collective for Clyburn’s act of contrition. He alone will receive the few crumbs he so much craves. What else could explain why he would sell out his people and betray his ancestors for trinkets? Clyburn, like his political handler, is possessed by the god of materialism, and him alone does he serve.
Myth of Voter Participation
Neoliberalism is an oppressive ideology manifesting in plain sight without shame. For instance, after the crushing defeat of Hillary in the 2016 presidential election, many liberals are now calling to dismantle the electoral college, which was a compromise made between northern and southern elites after the Revolutionary War. Now the liberals are calling for a one-person vote, which in some ways would mark the beginning of a more representative political system. However, the change-over to a purer form of democracy, (if such a thing is possible) would have little impact on the deplorable condition of African Americans. They would still be controlled by politicians who do not represent their interests. With the oligarchs in full control of the political process, it matters little if the electoral college is abolished. Regardless of whatever system is selected to govern Americans, it will still be controlled by the business class. With the oligarchs in control of the political system, American politics will remain corrupted and beyond repair.
Until we address the myth of democracy, especially the idea that voting matters, African Americans will remain in a state of delusion. The Black Collective does not participate in the political process. Voter participation and Black empowerment are antithetical concepts. For example, many civil righters believed the vote would empower the Black community and give them access to White power. It did not happen. Instead, they were integrated into certain social spaces only, and denied access to real power; economic power. African Americans were given the same illusory access to White power as were South Africans after apartheid. Once apartheid died, it immediately morphed into something new, something more sophisticated, like neoliberalism. Black South Africans were given access to social spaces, and kept far removed from economic empowerment.[DS1]
King once believed that voting would bring African Americans to the promise land. In a New York Times magazine article in 1965, titled “Civil Rights No. 1: The Right to Vote.” He wrote that “voting is the foundational stone for political action: Our vote would place in congress true representatives of the people who would legislate for Medicare, housing, schools and jobs required by all men of any color.” At least this is what he, along with most Black Americans believed would result after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He later described himself as being “over optimistic,” and soon discovered that his “misplaced optimism” was problematic. Most of the civil righters in the struggle were equally overly optimistic regarding the right to vote, without realizing that representative democracy was a sham, and that we actually lived in a propaganda democracy.
It is true that most of the civil righters were greatly deceived. Even though most of the civil righters were indeed true American patriots. They believed in the Constitution, and thought that White men would honor the words written by their forefathers. Yet, King would discover that only Black men believed in the American dream. White men had long showed their disdain for American jurisprudence, which is why they refused to implement the Brown decision; even a decade after its passage, over eighty percent of southern schools remained segregated.
This should have been a lesson to the civil righters who continued to believe that “white men of goodwill,” would do the right thing, and respect the laws established by their fathers. Nonetheless, the fight for integration continued, and there was little time to assess what effect it was having on Black economics and solidarity. Integration, much like multiculturalism today, is an illusion perpetuated mainly by Black people. Every other group in the US prefers nationalism over multiculturalism; a sad lesson African Americans have yet to learn. Fighting for the right to vote only makes sense if it empowers the Collective and grants them greater access to the twenty trillion-dollar plus economy. Otherwise, one’s ability to cast a vote for an individual, who solely represents the interests of the business class is a wasted ballot. Until the masses demand access to a greater share of their labor, voting will remain an empty ritual and entertainment for the elite.
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