Black people in our community have a way of coming up with different things to keep us in the dark.
If you examine deeper into the Black grassroots community you will witness their level of facts based on one thing.
This is the factology of all Black organizations in our community. I have damn near heard them all.
For instance, there is a conspiracy theory that continues to circulate why the Detroit Public Schools were taken over in 1999 by Former Governor John Engler.
Speaking of Engler, there are consipracy theories about him alone in his 12 years as governor of the State of Michigan.
(1) He was an enemy of Detroit.
(2) He took away Detroit Recorder's Court.
(3) He closed Lafayette Clinic.
(4) He signed into legislation to take away residency from Detroit.
(5) He vetoed the DARTA bill on the last day of his tenure as governor.
Black people have been circulating this for years in Michigan.
Another conspiracy theory is that if Dick DeVos is elected governor of the State of Michigan that Michigan will be worse off with him than Granholm. This is toally absurd. There is no proof of this.
Black people are so deeply rooted in fear that they vote for the Democratic Party for the hell of it. Let alone name recognition. Look at how many people are going to blindly vote for Granholm this November based on voting a straight Democratic ticket. Not because they believe that Democratic policies have worked but our people vote Democratic based on fear and ignorance.
I listen to even some of the more "intelligent" Democratic pundits in the state and often ask myself who prepped them to say such foolishness?
Conspiracy theories are a natural way of life in the Black Democratic world. It is hardly ever based on facts and is based on intimidation and fear.
Some other statewide conspiracy theories I hear often includes:
(1) White people will not give Black people here in Detroit a Mass Transit system.
(2) Engler wanted to build Grand Rapids up and not Detroit.
(3) Former Mayor Dennis Archer catered to Whites more than Blacks and therefore sold the city off to white people (whatever that means).
(4) The media waged a silent war on Mayor Kilpatrick during his reelection campaign.
(5) Black men are becoming extinct in Detroit because of the growing White population in this city.
(6) We need Affirmative Action to help Black students get into the University of Michigan or the White man will win this battle on ethics.
(7) Black Republicans are tools of the White man and are tokens.
(8) AIDS was created to wipe out Black people in Detroit.
(9) The reason why Detroit Public Schools do not work is because White people will not give us more money like the suburbs.
(10) Charter Schools were designed to break the Detroit Public Schools in half.
(11) The Michigan Democratic Party are more sensitive to Black people's needs than the Michigan Republicans (whatever this means).
(12) Black people receive less health care than whites and receive less benefits than whites.
(13) Creating a Land Bank Authority will give the land to White people.
(14) Predatory lending only occurs in the Black community.
(15) If Black people do not vote a straight party ticket they will become confused at the voting booth (some nonsense the Detroit NAACP was pushing four years ago).
This year's Detroit conspiracies include:
(1) Adolph Mongo works for Dick DeVos and is pushing racist ads in the Michigan Chronicle against Granholm.
(2) Shanelle Jackson, who is running for State Representative District 9, is a well known carpetbagger.
(3) Mayor Kilpatrick have his people running in the 2006 state races because he is paying his opponents back from the 2005 Mayorial election.
(4) Dick DeVos is buying his race for governor.
(5) White people are trying to take over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
(6) Black Republicans are running in state and county elections because they are being bankrolled by the Michigan Republicans.
(7) Urban Renewal is happening in Detroit to bring back White people.
The Black Press, alone, produces more conspiracy theories to keep Black people in the dark on critical issues.
National conspiracies include:
Fourteen black colleges are about to be closed.
Legislation guaranteeing blacks the right to vote in the USA will expire in 2007.
Congress will be voting on a bill that would prohibit the use of affirmative action measures in admissions procedures at any colleges and universities that receive federal funding.
The U.S. government assigns Social Security numbers on the basis of race, a practice which permits employers to prescreen applicants to weed out those of color.
Certain symbols displayed on the packaging of a variety of grocery items signify that their manufacturers have paid a secret tax to the Jews.
The "powers that be" facilitated the crack epidemic and the AIDS epidemic. U.S. scientists created AIDS as a possible weapon and tested it on Africa because it did not care about the people there but could not stop the spread to America and Europe.
The Atlanta Child Murders were the killing of 28 young African-American males between 1979 and 1981 for which 23 year old Wayne Williams was convicted. The rumor is that the FBI used parts of the 28 blacks for Interferon research.
Conspiracy to remove blacks from positions of power: various groups (e.g. FBI, CDC, etc) have been accused of being behind the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X and the halted careers of Adam Clayton Powell and Marion Barry. A cluster of such conspiracies exist around Clinton Administration figures Ron Brown, Lani Gunier, Jocelyn Elders, Henry Foster and Alexis Herman.
In June 2003, Benton Harbor, Michigan, a two night riot erupted when motorcyclist Terrance Devon Shurn died from a crash while eluding police and a rumor started that the police car intentually bumped the motorcycle.
In May 2004, Cincinnati, a riot erupted when police pulled over Antwand Yett who immediately shot himself and a rumor started that the police shot him instead. .
In May 2005, a 16-year-old black Valencia High School student called 911 and falsely reported a race riot on campus.
An email message claims to be the transcript of an interview with tennis star Serena Williams in which she states that it is better to date white men than black men.
During the 1980s, Church's Chicken was rumored to be owned by the Klan and to have an ingredient in the chicken that would sterilize black men. In 1984, a congressman had the FDA analyze Church's chicken to see if there was any truth in it.
Snapple's original label, with an old picture of the Boston Tea Party as background, was completely redesigned in 1994 after false rumors arose claiming the picture showed a slave ship. ABC's 20/20 empanelled a group of African-American consumers to discuss their suspicions about several consumer products, including Snapple.
Clothing designer Liz Claiborne rumored to have said on the Oprah Winfrey television program that she didn’t like to see black people wearing her clothes. She has never even been on Oprah's show but many blacks threw out their Liz Claiborne dresses.
Designer Tommy Hilfiger allegedly announced on a TV talk show that he does not want blacks and Asians to buy his clothes.
Rumors surfaced in Oakland, California that Troop Sport clothing was owned by the KKK, and that the name stands for "To Rule Over Oppressed People." Troop was established in 1985 by Teddy and Harvey Held, who are Jewish, and William Kim, who is Korean. This fact did not dissuade the rumoring and Troop went bankrupt.
40-ounce malt liquors rumored to contain "psycho-bio chemically engineered drugs" to undermine the mental and reproductive capabilities of the black consumer.
Coors allegedly finances Nazi groups.
KOOL menthol cigarettes rumored to be owned by the KKK and that menthols are part of an insidious plan to do away with African-Americans.
If you want out of this maze of conspiracy theories then I suggest you begin to educate yourself on the facts and not the fiction of what is going on. As long as you listen to groups like the National Urban League, Granholm Camp or Michigan Democrats, NAACP and National Action Network your mind will be in a abyss.