12 Jul Brand Worship
We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Martin Luther King Jr during his “I Have A Dream Speech”
The above video is meant to be a parody but it ain’t so funny when you realize how true the lyrics are. The original song by Kanye West titled “New Slaves,” talks about the exact same thing without the comedy. The most honest four bars you’ll ever hear is in the first verse.
You see it’s broke nigga racism
That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”
And this rich nigga racism
That’s that “Come in, please buy more
What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain?
All you blacks want all the same things”
Used to only be niggas now everybody playing
Spending everything on Alexander Wang
It explains the most powerful thing holding the black man back. MATERIALISM! It’s incredibly counterproductive toward a system where we overcome racism and build our people up. In fact, it was estimated that our buying power was worth over $1.1 trillion in 2015. Yet, our communities are still riddled with poverty and social inequality.
Sure, we can blame racism but with that much money, there has got to be personal accountability. Specifically, this unproductive idea that we should spend our money on materialistic impulses instead of building businesses and sustaining wealth. A trillion dollars could send one-fifth of the black population to a private college like Princeton for all four years, it could build a corporation, it could even buy all of the sports teams in the NBA.