A young man is born of poor circumstances, albeit in a privileged nation. He does well in school but decides that instead of applying himself in the classroom his time is better spent participating in illicit activities. While beginning a criminal lifestyle at a young age he matures enough to realize that the illegal lifestyle isn’t the one for him and he begins to nurture what is seemingly his most marketable skill for a man in his position. He works hard but is denied entry into his chosen field by the established powers thus without options for an institutional approval he starts his own. Through hard work and business savvy over several years he finds himself not only thriving in his chosen profession but is an institution within the field himself.
This should sound like the Horatio Alger story with some poverty voyeurism thrown in for good measure. While not ideal it is pretty much a boilerplate story of how hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit can pay off in large dividends with the right breaks. However when confronted with this straight forward story of success in the personage of one Shawn Carter there is a sizable portion of people who despite all evidence of his success being the fruits of hard work, and a little luck instead subscribe all accomplishments to a shadowy organization that instead “gave” him all he has.
What does it say about our collective cynicism, and inferiority complex that when confronted with a vision of success we refuse to believe that it is a result of real work? Our actual accomplishments are dismissed by our own as mere gifts from shadowy white benefactors. The election of Barack Obama isn’t the result of the man himself but his luck in being “chosen” by the omnipresent Illuminati to function as the President this time around. Beyoncé doesn’t sell a million plus albums because she’s a great singer and performer no, people are brainwashed into liking and buying her music. I’ve been told by the same person that Kanye West not only owes his success solely to the influence of the Illuminati but is also one of the top five rappers dead or alive. How does that make sense?!
This affinity for discounting the success of black people did not begin with this newly flourishing Illuminati fascination. It has been a common refrain that most if not all successful Black people are sellouts. This theory has been persistent even among black people who are themselves successful. What is unique to this recent phenomenon is the concerted effort by others to exploit it in a misguided attempt to sway others into “truly following God“. A large source of these Illuminati rumors are Conservative Christians who rankle at the elevated status rappers and pop stars have in our community. This is why when viewing these videos there is a strained emphasis on Devil worship and homosexuality. However in all my time in church I never read a passage in the Bible that touts that the way to promote Christianity is to attack others. the greatness of the Lord isn’t competing with that of any rapper no matter how nice on the mic. So how is it in keeping with Christianity to spread falsehoods and ferment loathing?
This is a concerted effort by those who feel they rightfully belong in the position of those that they disparage. They use Jesus as an excuse to cover their envy. It is petty jealousy that is enabled by black folks all too willing disposition to discount their own success. If hard work leading to success is a hallmark of those who are considered to be members of the Illuminati then sign me up.