One day, not long ago, the devil had an executive board meeting with his devil’s advocates (those agencies/institutions that enforce and implement the wicked plan of deception, exploitation, confusion, injustice and death).
Though generally pleased with their work on his behalf, he wasn’t satisfied, and wanted an opportunity to chastise, reprimand and re-motivate his advocates. Hollywood, Education, Law Enforcement, Religion, the Political Establishment, Prison Industrial Complex, Media, Music Industry, and Negro Leadership were all in attendance (The Devil allowed the Financial and Medical Industries to miss the meeting since he believed that those advocates performed their duties flawlessly.) The conversation went something like this:
The Devil : “The Black masses are waking up again, speaking out, learning who they are and resisting MY agenda. This is unacceptable! Their knowledge and resistance is costing me MONEY and CONTROL!! I have appointed all of you as my advocates and I expect you to maintain my dominion over the people or ELSE! Have your forgotten your objectives? Each of you reaffirm your allegiance to me by stating your assigned roles….NOW!
Entertainment Industry: “We keep them sedated and distracted so they don’t focus on their mistreatment, and persuade them to live vicariously through fictional characters.”
Education: “We teach them to obey and defend your authority without resisting it, accept their place as inferior workers in your system, and submit to you for the attainment of power, happiness and prosperity. We also encourage them to disconnect from their history and culture and seek answers and direction from you.”
Law Enforcement: “We monitor them, whip their ass, imprison them, intimidate them, and occasionally murder them, to keep them from resisting you.”
The Religious establishment: “We keep them wandering in mythology, looking for an external God rather than tapping into the God-force in themselves, and keep them focused on the afterlife rather than life on Earth.We persuade them to do your will while thinking they are doing THE ALL’S will. We make them your self-righteous, mindless and contradictory servants.
Political establishment: “We create international conflicts, unjust laws and restrictive rules to keep them fearful, impoverished, powerless, and fragmented. We also give them the illusion that they have input in decision-making, and confuse them into thinking that some of us care about their issues and interests.”
Prison Industrial Complex: “We re-enslave them courtesy of the 13th Amendment, exploit their labor like we did that of their ancestors, and make them more effective and powerful community predators.”
Media: “We tell the lies you give us in order to help you manipulate people’s decisions and behavior through fear and ignorance. We will also determine who/what their enemies are, and teach them to live vicariously through the powerful rather than to become powerful themselves. We will do all in our power to make people with actual solutions and accurate analysis seem foolish and/dangerous. We heighten division and make sure that the habit of independent and critical thinking never gains acceptance or popularity among the masses.”
Military: “We teach them to love/serve you, and resent those attempting to organize and liberate them. We use them to help us implement and enforce your global imperialist agenda. We help to destabilize countries and neutralize international leaders or groups that resist your will. We use them to do your dirty work AND kill many of them in the process.”
Music industry: “We use the powerful energies of sound and suggestion to fill the people with bitterness, self-directed violence, counterproductive priorities, and criminal desires, all while making money from them doing so. We call this “Operation Pied Piper.”
Negro Leadership: “We betray their liberation interests while making them think we are fighting for them. We encourage them to vent without effecting challenging and overcoming your rule. We give them the feeling of making progress and resisting your authority, without actually doing so.”
The Devil : “Yes….and don’t you EVER forget it! I need more slaves, confused and crushed spirits, mindless robots, bitter and apathetic followers, and submissive workers. I need them to submit to me and reject THE ALL…..They must NEVER know their power or become Souljahs of the People! Now get back to work, NOW!!
Agyei Tyehimba is an educator, activist and author from Harlem, N.Y. Agyei is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. In 2013, he wrote The Blueprint: A BSU Handbook, teaching Black student activists how to organize and lead. In April of 2014, he released Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Currently, Agyei is a member of the Black Power Cypher, five Black Nationalist men with organizing backgrounds, who host a monthly internet show addressing issues and proposing solutions. He runs his own business publishing books, public speaking, and teaching Black people how to organize and fight for empowerment. He is the National Director of Education for the organization, “Souljahs of the People.”
Agyei earned his Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and his Master’s Degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.