CORPORATE CONSCIOUSNESS

By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: June 22, 2012

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NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)--”Free speech ain’t free anymore.

You can only say what is good for the corporation now. Ask Ozzie Gullien. Or Rashard Mendenhall.

You have to follow the manual.

Stick to the script.

And read the teleprompter, if you want to address the general public.

But, absolutely, no free styling.

In other words, whatever is said must be…”good “for the brand

And “good” for the corporate logo.

Why? Because, it’s not a democracy anymore.

It is a Coroporacy.

By definition, corporacy means a government runs like a corporate bureaucracy or a society in which multi-national corporations have more economic and political power than the actual government.

Yes, this is the new form of government running this Brave New World includes a strange combination of multi-national corporations, Hollywood Insiders, Mega banks, Hedge funds, Wall Street advisors and lobbyists.

Corporations are People

The whole notion that the government is run by the people, for the people is a fallacy.

Most Black people, however, should have already known this, based on the fact that, when the Constitution was drafted it didn’t include “us.” Plus, the Dred Scott Case of 1857 revealed that Blacks, regardless of whether they were free or slave, were not and could not be citizens of the United States.

But, fortunately, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney let the “Fat Cat” out of the bag, when he said, “Corporations are people, my friend.”

Therefore, the new motto of the United States should be: FOR CORPORATIONS; BY CORPORATIONS.

It all makes sense now.

Ironically, former President Abraham Lincoln warned “us” or should I say “them” about the threat of this corporate takeover as early as 1861.

“Corporations have been enthroned…”Lincoln said.

“An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people…until wealth is aggregated in a few hands…and the Republic is destroyed.”

We saw evidence of Lincoln’s revelation reveal itself recently in Wisconsin, when Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in the recall election, in which over $63 million dollars was raised from out of state by mostly conservative donors (Koch Brothers) due to a clause in the state law that allowed unrestricted fundraising and unlimited corporate spending during the election campaign.

Yes, Mitt Romney, who has over $200 million, was correct.

“Corporations are people, my friend…..”

Michael Jordan proved Romney’s theory to be true during the Dream Team’s Gold Medal Olympic Tour in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain when he draped himself in the American flag only to hide the Reebok logo displayed on his sweat suit.

Jordan’s loyalty for Nike, in fact, overshadowed his seemingly patriotic love for the glorious Red, White and Blue.

We, however, shouldn’t be shocked by Jordan’s unapologetic display during the gold medal ceremony. He was simply protecting his brand, saluting the Nike symbol, and being a shrewd businessman.

A Soulless Monster

Management analyst William Dugger brilliantly explained this relatively new thought process which Jordan displayed along with most successful athletes, politicians, preachers, and entertainers, who participate in this messy corporate Matrix.

“The corporation is a true Frankenstein’s monster-an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self.” explained Dugger.

With that said, No.23 displayed this artificial person again in 1990, when former Charlotte NC mayor Harvey Gantt, who ran (twice) against Jesse Helms sought the endorsement of the former UNC star, who soullessly declined by replying “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

Unlike Mike

With everybody wanting “To Be like Mike” and “branding” themselves with corporate logos, you probably won’t see another athlete like Muhammad Ali in our lifetime speaking out against “the War.” Or a news conference like the one that took place on June 4, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, where a collection of the top Black athletes in the country met in order to support Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army.

This news conference, however, was the by-product of the 1966 summit named the Black Economic Union (BEU), which was co-developed by NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, a year after he retired.

The BEU served various black communities across the country in matters such as economic development, education and other social issues.

This summit, which Ali attended, included many other “socially conscious” black athletes like: Bill Russell, Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul Jabber), Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins), Sid Williams (Browns), Jim Shorter (Redskins), Walter Beach (Browns), John Wooten (Browns), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs) and attorney Carl Stokes.

But in this “Me First Generation,” we can only hope and pray that the next generation of ballers learn something from this historic event.

Corporate Consciousness

Why? Because, corporations, it seem, are currently controlling the level of “consciousness” within the nation as well as in our communities.

Dr.Jared Ball, an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University addressed this corporate consciousness during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C, in which speeches “were delivered by General Motors, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Pfizer, Tommy Hilfiger and AT&T.”

“…the big prize delivery was the president himself (Barak Obama) and with at least 4 of his previous top campaign contributors also sponsoring the monument (GE, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs), it was clear his re-election bid was to be a primary function of the spectacle.” wrote Ball.

“And why not? Banksters and war profiteers don’t sponsor events meant to commemorate anti-war and wealth redistribution.”

Maybe, this was why King’s most controversial quote “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.” was left off the 30-foot statue.

Keep this “Corporatization of Consciousness” in mind, when considering the fact that The Congressional Black Caucus, which is comprised of executives and lobbyists from Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Dell, Heineken, Verizon, Wal-Mart, and the pharmaceutical makers Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline has received over $55 million from these corporations from 2004 to 2008, according to the New York Times.

Despite these corporate entities sitting at the table with the CBC, Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the caucus reinsured the Black community that the CBC is “unbossed and unbought.”

Despite Lee’s claims, many people, however, don’t feel comfortable at corporate sponsored events like Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union, which was designed to “raise the level of consciousness” in the Black community with corporate logos from Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Exxon-Mobil and McDonalds plastered in the background.

Are corporate sponsored events like these productive or counter revolutionary?

Beggars on a Bag of Gold

While you ponder that question, most scholars feel events like these; simply produce another generation of soulless preachers, who rather deliver fiery sermons about driving Bentley’s than promoting social change. Or soulless universities, who are more concerned with students being conformist than revolutionaries. Or soulless politicians, who are more considered with getting elected than changing the political culture of the nation.

In other words, money is the great neutralizer in all of these cases.

And you can’t be an effective preacher, an institution of higher learning, or the President of the United States without -some dead presidents.

And, corporations know this.

Plus, they are not afraid to put you on their payroll.

This is what I call the Beggars on a Bag of Gold syndrome, where politicians, especially Black politicians, “shuck and jive, “laugh when nothing is funny, dance when there is no music, scratch when they don’t itch in order to gain support or favor from other people, who don’t have their best interest at heart.

In effect, politicians become double-talkers, as they bend down on one knee and beg for the few crumbs that fall from the wealthy plates of a few rich people…

Therefore, it is one dollar; one vote instead of one person; one vote, which governs this nation.

Matter of fact, the political process has been reduced to a fund-raising competition, where the very rich hand-pick their favorite candidates, regardless if they’re Democrats or Republicans.

Reality is Fake

It’s similar to a Vince McMahon sponsored WWE Wrestling match between Da Rock versus John Cena. Because, even though, you know it’s fake, you still get caught up in the hype and the orchestrated drama taking place in the ring.

In other words, when you start arguing about politics and trying to explain why you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Conservative, or Liberal, remember, none of these labels matter in a Corporacy.

Why? Because, the game is rigged, just like the Bradley/Pacquiao fight. Or the NBA Lottery, with its magic ping pong balls, which bounced perfectly for the New York Knicks in 1986. Then, once again for Cleveland in 2003, when the “hometown hero” Lebron James, ended up becoming a Cavalier. And in 2011, when the No.1 overall pick, Kyrie Irving, landed in Cleveland after Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert had a temper tantrum a year before.

Therefore, no one was “surprised” this year when the New Orleans Hornets, which were previously owned by the NBA, got “lucky” enough to draft Kentucky’s freshman sensation Anthony Davis.

Why? Because, corporate consciousness is real as a three dollar bill.