The divide and conquer principle has been successfully implemented on our planet and is being used very effectively to keep us under control and in a perpetual state of conflict. ~Michael Tellinger
It's no secret. I stand and kneel with Kap! I haven't watched a NFL game since 2016 and everyone knows I love football. For me the decision to stop watching was personal and a long time coming. Along the way I turned a blind eye to things the NFL did that I didn't particularly agree with but chalked it up to "it's just how they do business". The breaking point for me was the suppression of the players' right to peacefully protest. When something touches close to home for a person they should be able to voice their frustration in a peaceful, non-violent manner. I watched the players be told they can't kneel, sit, or stay in the locker room during the national anthem. WTF! Are they employed players, indentured servants or slaves? This whole notion was ludicrous to me. How far removed were (are) these NFL owners that they can't empathize with the blood of black and brown men, women, boys, and girls being spilled in the streets at the hands of police brutality?
I couldn't turn a blind eye to the blatant disregard for the lives and deaths of my people so I made a conscious decision to stop watching the NFL. While I'm just one viewer I hold on to the notion that my vote and voice matters. However, my decision to stop watching the game was not imposed on my friends. They are entitled to their own persuasions and convictions. It in no way caused me to view my friends differently or walk out on our friendship. Regardless of their stance they are my friends and this very personal decision wasn't about to come between them and me.
Power of the human spirit: 1, Divide and Conquer: 0
It was all good about a week ago
and then entered Jay Z's music and social activism deal with the NFL.
Within hours of the deal's announcement a line had been drawn in the sand and people felt the need to choose. TeamKap vs TeamJay.
I was in complete and utter disbelief. Not at Jay Z for doing the deal. Jay Z has to walk his own path and do what he feels convicted to do. My shock came from the way infighting instantly began tearing us apart. I'm of the mindset even if my friend is dead wrong...I'm not getting at them in public. Now behind closed doors it's on but in front of mixed company I'm not going to let them know I disagree with you.
I'm also not so keen on the cancel culture. Don't get me wrong, The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey already said
Some people deserve to be cancelled but we can't cancel everyone we disagree with.
With no concrete information on the deal and just a few sound bites here and there the war began. Team Jay's people cried, "Kap took a settlement and didn't tell us so Jay didn't have to run anything by him". Team Kap's people screamed, "the NFL is using Jay. He should've ensured Kap had a job before signing any deals. He's a sellout"! The NFL's band of goons hit Jay's "Story of OJ" track, poured cognac in a sniffer, pulled out a cigar, sat back and laughed.
With one deal they were able to avoid accountability on the real issue and turn us against each other.
Power of the human spirit: 0, Divide and conquer: 109735278941629
The NFL goons are puppet masters and our inability to see their tactics make us puppets whether we recognize it or not.
We are losing sight of the mission. The problem hasn't been resolved. We aren't yet free. What we have done is shift our energy inward. It's ok to disagree with Jay's decision and not speak ill of him. I'm not a give-him-some-time-to-see-where-this-goes kind of lady. I'm a the-deal-is-done-how-do-we-move-forward-together type. How do keep moving the agenda through both men that have the power to make change?
I pray Kap gets a job back in the NFL. Why? Because it's what he wants. It's what he's been groomed for and speaking out against injustices should not have cost him his livelihood. I also hope Jay-Z is able to make impactful changes for the good of the group working through inside channels. And I REALLY hope we, as a people, learn to recognize the real enemy and his tactics. Your brothers and sisters aren't the enemy. It has to stop being so easy for people to turn us against each other.
House slave, porch slave, field slave...still slave!
The fruits of slavery can be seen everywhere and it starts with the mind.
MAYBE when we catch on to the notion of turning divide and conquer into define and empower. Maybe then we will be able to flex our unity muscle and incite change. The Montgomery bus boycotts worked because regardless (I really wanted to write irregardless, not because it's a word but because it grates my nerves when people say it) of the fact that some may have been weary and others may have believed it wouldn't work, they stuck together. For 381 days; through 4 seasons and many miles the Blacks in Alabama made up in their minds that to exact change in the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system they had to hit them financially. The boycott was successful because they were unified in their endeavors.
Imagine what would happen if we got on one accord!
Yeah I'm with Kap but I go hard for US!
What's your stance? Are you picking sides or choosing US?