Indoctrination & Democratic Ticket

“They get all the Negro vote, and after they get it, the Negro gets nothing in return. All they did when they got to Washington was give a few big Negroes big jobs. Those big Negroes didn’t need big jobs, they already had jobs. That’s camouflage, that’s trickery, that’s treachery, window-dressing. I’m not trying to knock out the Democrats for the Republicans, we’ll get to them in a minute. But it is true — you put the Democrats first and the Democrats put you last.
Look at it the way it is. What alibis do they use, since they control Congress and the Senate? What alibi do they use when you and I ask, “Well, when are you going to keep your promise?” They blame the Dixiecrats. What is a Dixiecrat? A Democrat. A Dixiecrat is nothing but a Democrat in disguise. The titular head of the Democrats is also the head of the Dixiecrats because the Dixiecrats are a part of the Democratic Party. The Democrats have never kicked the Dixiecrats out of the party. The Dixiecrats bolted themselves once, but the Democrats didn’t put them out. Imagine, these lowdown Southern segregationists put the Northern Democrats down. But the Northern Democrats have never put the Dixiecrats down. No, look at that thing the way it is. They have got a con game going on, a political con game, and you and I are in the middle. It’s time for you and me to wake up and start looking at it like it is, and trying to understand it like it is; and then we can deal with it like it is.”

Malcolm X(April 3, 1964), “Ballot Or The Bullet”

As of late, I have been reading through a few essays in Yale Review’s October 2018 volume . According to its typographic cover design and table of contents, this is its ‘Propaganda’ issue. As a student of communications and a practitioner of what we refer to around these parts as “GodFare”, I indulged my Self some. 

Within those pages, I found an interesting paragraph that I wish to quote at length for you here.


…sometimes manipulating beliefs, via propaganda or otherwise, is not necessary for the purposes of controlling action. The S.S. leader Heinrich Himmler noted that education in the concentration camps “consists of discipline, never of any kind of instruction on an ideological basis.” While Himmler’s stated rationale for the relative dearth of propaganda in the camps invoked an article of his particular racial ideology–that those interned were constitutionally incapable of receiving doctrine–the strategy can easily be understood purely in terms of cold political efficiency; there is no need to alter the beliefs of those whose actions are already subject to total physical domination. In the United States, mass incarceration and felony disenfranchisement have worked to minimize the power of black Americans as a constituency in electoral politics since tactics like poll taxes and literacy tests were done away with. In jurisdictions particularly affected by these policies, racist law-and-order propaganda needn’t be nuanced to capture the vote of the currently or formerly incarcerated, because these Americans can’t pull the lever for anyone. Once again, altering beliefs is rendered unnecessary, this time because the criminal justice system has already so severely constrained a class of people’s political actions.    


Megan Hyska, “Of Martyrs and Robots: Propaganda and Group Identity”(https://yalereview.yale.edu/martyrs-and-robots)

Some might flinch at such a direct comparison of Nazi Germany to present United States of America, OWL applauds it. I am not sleeping on what could be an edgy conservative attack on Democratic Party by Northwest University Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Megan Hyska. In fact, I applaud it more for what it could be in that regard.

US Blacks have for decades been what Iceberg Slim might refer to as  “bottom bytch” of Democratic Party’s electoral machinery. This position extends beyond partisan divisions into a dangerous strand of identity politics. It is a definitive characteristic of US Blacks to vote for Democratic Party. It is such an identifying characteristic that Democratic Party supporters and candidates need not cater to US Blacks via their positions and policy promises, only by asking US Blacks to vote. It is taken for granted whom they will vote for, just chastise them about voting because it is a guarantee they will sign off on an entire Democratic ticket.

Not only is this a definitive aspect of US Black character, this  has become a tradition of blind loyalty punishable by ostracizing and public ridicule. Regardless of policy sins committed by key figures of Democratic Party membership, US Blacks have remained faithful. Like an abusive intimate partner, figures such as Barry Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and her hubby, Bill Clinton justify their past attacks and stereotyping of US Blacks.  

Joe Biden Not Ashamed Of 1994 Crime Bill

Joe Biden’s crime bill under former United States President Bill Clinton aided in creating an uptick of US Black Male incarceration rates greater than both of his predecessors, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton On “Superpredators”(1996)

Hillary Clinton praised her husband’s efforts. She specifically admonished his adding hundreds of thousands of state enforcement agents to US Black communities. She referred to young Black Males as “superpredators”, thus reinforcing racist US propaganda used to stereotype Black Males in this nation as violent animals.

Rahm Emanuel, Democratic Party mayor of Chicago, Illinois, has been accused of pushing US Blacks out of their communities. Emanuel closed 50 schools in US Black communities of Chicago — a historic national feat. 

While we could scrutinize entire 2009 Obama Cabinet staff here, I will save that for another date. This article has shown that Democratic Party has been able to use models of representation to manipulate very group of people they propagandize against. Alice Walker advised us that we need to see our craft performed by those that look like our Selves. Yet, this Democratic Party ploy has only enslaved, not enriched our lives.