This week has been the most recent example in the long history of amerikkka’s lucrative industry of Black/African pain and death. Everyone in amerikkka seems to be obsessed with profiting off of the pain and death of the people and even worse, so many do this under the guise of social justice while waving their “Black Lives Matter” flag. The contradictions become ever more present when looking at the ways in which our pain has been monetized since the first colonizer stepped foot on The Continent. Capitalism has always been at the very root of our genocide. You see, our exploitation occurs because of amerikkka’s almighty dollar and as the song says: for the love of money/People will steal from their mother/For the love of money/People will rob their own brother.
Capitalism drives amerikkka, but what is capitalism if not exploitation? Doesn’t one person need to own the means of production and exploit the workers to generate profits to enable the capitalist to become rich? Isn’t that what this industry of pain and death is? How else can we explain the amerikkkan news media coverage of this farce of a trial of that fascist pig who lynched George Floyd other than the exploitation of our collective pain and suffering. It is billed as “must-see TV”, being covered by major news stations but is ANY of this helping to heal the family who lost their loved one? How is the community being restored after this traumatic event? This trial is serving as amerikkkan propaganda at its finest. Look at the theatrics and storyline of it all: the very public lynching of an African person which is met with large scale protests, this person in-turned is commodified into a news story and their lynching is a topic for debate for viewers, then (possibly) a grand jury (or trial) where again their lynching is again a topic for debate. As the viewing public consumes Black pain and death, the pigs walk and the news covers the rebellion that comes and again monetizes this pain and suffering as news.
It is no different than the propaganda our people are fed by Hollywood and the music industry. With millions of dollars going into movies like Judas And The Black Messiah, 12 Years a Slave, and other amerikkkan propaganda created under the guise of representation; they serve amerikkka’s purpose of exploiting African pain and death. This again is nothing new, and serves as psychological warfare, just another tactic this colonial empire employs in our genocide. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines psychological warfare as “things that are done to make someone (such as an enemy or opponent) become less confident or to feel hopeless, afraid,” please tell me how this is any less different than the industry of exploiting pain and death of African/Black folx? These songs, movies, and shows are meant to normalize white supremacy and condition us to understand the “relations of white dominance and non-white subordination [that] are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.”
By utilizing the media to desensitize the people to the true nature of our genocide the public largely is unaware of the very nature of this war; they become assimilated into a system that profits off of the collective pain and suffering of the masses and teaches us that’s just amerikkka. How else do we justify career activists who make millions of dollars for their book deals and speaking engagements yet their programs for the community are nowhere to be found? Where are the legal or medical clinics in communities where these lynchings have occurred and everyone watched the pain of those communities unfold? Those community clinics aren’t there because of a lack of effort by the community but because the concern for most isn’t any healing or restoration but it simply is how they can increase their bank account.
This profitable genocide is all a part of amerikkka’s capitalistic framework. Career activists grift their way to the bank using their perceived concern for the people all the while they are being used by what Malcolm called “the foxes,” in short these folx are operatives of the states. How else can you explain telling colonized people to vote for either candidate, as if that would change our collective suffering? How else can we continue to allow politicians to hide behind their colonized identity while still upholding the same imperial practices and policies that exploit our people? How can we sit here and listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk about imperialism when she is complicit in amerikkka’s global war on Black and Brown Indigenous People? How can she post about the Black Panther Party yet she does nothing to materially support those Panthers who have been targeted and terrorized by the very same government she is employed by? How can the “barbaric” situation at the border only be a Human Rights violation under Trump but not Biden? How can we allow Kamala Harris and Barack Obama to boost their achievements as Black folx all the while their policies are contributing to our genocide? While locking up single mothers, while sending in the national guard to tear gas and beat those in the streets demanding to be seen as valuable? It’s because the industry of profiting off the exploitation, pain, and death of African and Indigenous People is an accepted manner in which to gain wealth and notoriety in amerikkka and has been since the first colonizer stepped foot on Turtle Island.
“In the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War, slavery — as a source of the cotton that fed Rhode Island’s mills, as a source of the wealth that filled New York’s banks, as a source of the markets that inspired Massachusetts manufacturers — proved indispensable to national economic development.”
-Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development
The foundation of wealth in amerikkka, whether in the North or South, comes as a direct result of the enslavement of Africans, the land theft of Indigenous People, and the genocide of all non-europeans on Turtle Island. Our pain is always profitable, our genocide is a way to advance one’s career or net worth since the inception of this colonial experiement. This again is a by-product of capitalism-imperialism, where folx believe the ends can justify the means. How else can you believe that a colonial system like amerikkka is even a legitimate nation? A country built on stolen land, by stolen people, who are still under colonial rule today would never be accepted anywhere else in the world and would be seen as a terrorist regime if anywhere else but here. We can no longer accept the profit attached to our pain, we can no longer accept our genocide as normal. How can we allow Mumia to sit and fight for his life in a cell while career activist tout fascist DA Krasner as a progressive and campaign for him? How can we allow Black Lives Matter to raise $90 million only for them to campaign for a fascist Biden/Harris ticket that in less than a year already displayed their disregard for the people?
Our pain should never be for profit. Our genocide shall never be accepted for the monetary gain of a few. This week was just another reminder of the depravity of amerikkkan capitalism-imperialism. Be cautious of the ways in which this fascist colonial empire will attempt to profit off our pain and reject the white supremacist propaganda that attempts to normalize this practice. Our pain, our people, and our plight is not for sale.