As American as Propaganda Pie

In light of the decision Colin Kaepernick has made regarding the National Anthem, I’d like to focus on the conditioning of the vast majority of our citizens. There were other points to be made, but I decided to focus mainly on the use of propaganda in America.

In 1933, the Nazis seized power and the reign of the Third Reich began. With this new regime came a need to properly indoctrinate the German people, to be in line with the Reich’s ideals. It’s extremely difficult to exert full power and control over a population, without instilling fear and/or a sense of nationalism. The Nazis were keen in both areas yet their expertise in the use of propaganda is generally overlooked due to their brutality. Under Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, the Nazis formed a central entity to control all aspects of German life. The Reich used a multitude of tactics, including the newer media forms of radio and television to project images desired to invoke emotion. When the Nazi regime fell in 1945, with them also died the cruel extermination of the Jewish people, yet something else lived on. Their propaganda tactics.

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“Give me 4 years time” The Germans were the most proficient regime in history using propaganda as a political tool.

I am an American citizen, born and raised here. I am also a black male and I feel that label a lot more than I feel the privilege of being an American. I would not want to live in any other country, as I feel much more comfortable on THIS side of an American bomb, however I realize America is not perfect. I also realize that the flag, no matter what you say does not have human skin and blood woven into its fabric every time one is manufactured (btw check you flag and make sure it wasn’t made in China.) It is an idol and a symbol. It is made from the same cloth that Nazi and Confederate flags are made from, very likely in the same factories on the same machines. Yet, the flag is treated, as a living, breathing entity more respected than the lives of the individuals it flies to protect.

From my perspective, it seems that certain groups of Americans are as radicalized as the Nazi supporters were. The way some neighborhoods in America openly worship the flag, with displays of grandeur and novelty items, is not much different from German neighborhoods in 1938. So why is it okay for Americans, to be such cult-like worshipers of an idol, but it’s not okay for other countries to indoctrinate their citizens with the same “patriotism?” When we seen North Koreans standing and idolizing their instruments of indoctrination, we take away negative connotations, but if we do it it’s okay. We’re patriots. Furthermore, an American citizen, but not a worshiper of American idols, is being marked as a traitor? Do we live in the supposedly free United States of America or The People’s Republic of the Third Reich?

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North Korean propaganda poster from  the regime of “Supreme Leader” Kim Il-sung.

The reason is because propaganda, in its root form, is biased. It is specific to one cause and anything seen as rivaling it, will be alienated and eventually eliminated. But, what happens when you’ve become too “civilized” to eliminate the non believers and dissidents after the alienation phase? We have reached this point, post civil rights, now that someone with the reach of Colin Kaepernick has taken the stance he has. You may not agree with his methods, but as an American citizen he has the right to not stand during the pledge. He believes that America is not that great, just as Donald Trump does, albeit it in a different manner. Only a true, propagandist nation would ether a man for calling out injustices and choosing to silently demonstrate again them. You can use your voice to love America without being a radical nationalist and you can bring attention to injustice with being a traitor.

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Imagine how different we’d feel about this street if these were Confederate flags

The United States is as great of a country for ALL its citizens, today, as it has been in the entire history of this nation. Yet, make no mistake, there are still issues to be resolved across the board. Say what you’d like about Mr. Kaepernick, but the socioeconomic issues of this nation won’t be resolved because a man decides not to participate in a propagandist ritual and sit or stand during the National Anthem at a sporting.

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Just A Friend.

Inspiration via Daily Prompt: Cheat

Cheating is confusing. Is it still considered cheating if we’re not together yet? Because I’ve got a friend, that’s just a friend but things have changed a bit. I mean, we only text, mostly about social issues sometimes other things come up. She’s so opinionated and intelligent, yet welcoming and warm. Sorry, I’m gushing. We’re just friends but am I cheating on the other girl, the one I mainly date?

I must be honest, my friend and I went out the other night but she asked me. She had tickets to a concert and decided to ask me. This was not a rap concert, no, this was Neo Soul. The type of show you’d take your wife to, where girlfriends become fiances. Yet here I was with just a friend unsure of what to do. As we went to get our drinks, the couples all around, I was searching for the line marked Platonic Friendships Only. Then I felt my phone vibrate, a text from the girl I mainly date.

I ignored the text of course, then again on accident when I got drunk. For the night, I became the personal photographer for the girl that’s just a friend. The concert was great, afterwards we caught a Uber to our cars. Lucky, I must have been since the Uber ride had tints. Because in the middle of downtown concert traffic, the girl that had been just a friend decided to explore inside my pants. Must have been the Neo Soul experience mixed with liquor and vibes.

Although I got a happy ending, overall my night would soon lose its. As we arrived to our vehicles, evidence out plain in sight, I remembered that I had a text from the girl I mainly date. So I told the girl that was just a friend goodbye and to text when she was safe. Then I pulled my phone out, blinking blue, the message still unread. “You looked real cute with your lil friend out tonight on your lil date.” Was it really cheating, since we weren’t together yet? Does this make my just a friend, the one that I now date??

 

 

Forever a Gift to Carry

Inspired by the Daily Post – Carry

Year after year, the load gets heavier. Some things you’ve picked up can stay with you forever.

At loss for how one person carries so much, to be laden with gifts of a terrible curse.

Curtains of figment will shade your brown windows, when close as I’ve been though, still prove to be lucid.

The bags that you carry get heavier yet, the fools now unknowingly carry the rest.

There is no escape from the backpack of weight, inside it the luggage of lusting and fate.

Like a spider who spins and inflicts on their prey, a poisonous dose from a toxic foray.

It’s paramount knowing your status, and if what you carry is happy or sadness

Now stifled, they’ll realized the choice that they’ve made, won’t end as they wished soon all hope will then fade.

The Repeated Apology

The 1st time it happened our love was still new

I couldn’t just give up and give him to you.

As I was still wrapped in your physical traits

Forgiven, I dealt with the pain you erased.

The longer we lasted, the more it would happen

that new love euphoria clearly now absent.

We still would have sex, though, missing was passion.

Open your legs, I’ll forgive your abandon.

This time I saw it, the messages sent

Have I not reason now yet to lament?

Lie once, then lie twice, our future now cast

this time you said sorry is different from last.

When you finally decide what you want in your life

they’ll beg and they’ll plead, to make them your wife.

But see lying and cheating are terrible qualities

I know that you’re sorry, so save your apologies.