Illuminati Me

07 Dec

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.


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16 responses to “Illuminati Me

  1. tj

    December 7, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    to be honest, i assumed this was a post supporting the idea that the illuminati exists and we must all repent for listening to such ungodly things… but i was pleasantly surprised to actually READ what you wrote. often does someone attempt to argue with me because i do not have the same views as them on this subject. true story, my cousin deleted me from her facebook and out of her life because i made a post saying something along the lines of “dont be so quick to call people devil worshippers, when you dont know their beliefs” yadda yadda. she sent me links and told me to look at these videos.. i did and its nothing i havent seen before. still not a believe, so she cursed me out and unfriended me. pathetic eh?. that is what bugs me most. i am a christian and it upsets me that im constantly seeing these other “christians” name calling and falling for this hype. and its usually black people… half of my heritage screams out WHY?! lol they call you ignorant because you dont agree… theyre quick to label a person because a youtube video told them to… and im the brainwashed one?

    • Chad Stanton

      December 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

      I’m continually surprised by the number of people who I consider to be pretty bright who gives entirely too much sway to these conspiracy theories. I’m sorry to hear about how its damaged your relationship with your family.

      • tj

        December 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM

        exactly. seemingly intelligent, logical people can somehow take away every ounce of credibility they once held. simply foolish. and its fine, we hardly talked anyways. she lives in nevada and also thinks bill and hilary clinton are lizards from outer space (i wish i were joking). a conspiracist maximum she is. so it was hardly a surprise. i just find it odd people are willing to throw away relationships… and i become the bad guy.

  2. MichaelYoungHistory

    December 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    This is a great post. I literally wont even talk to people anymore when they start this whole Illuminati thing. It truly is a way to discount powerful black people, evinced by the fact that all of our power people have had these ridiculous accusations hurled at them. Good stuff man.

  3. MichaelYoungHistory

    December 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Plus, its really dumb to assume that some omnipresent organization has the skills to tell the rest of society what to like. If the Illuminati chose Soulja Boy, I’m still not likely to ever listen to his music. You think old white people are helping Beyonce perform and writing lyrics that will appeal to women ages 10-35?

    • Chad Stanton

      December 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

      Not only that but how are they organized? We’ve been in organizations before and even with a defined purpose we know how unwieldy and contradictory orgs can get. So people mean to tell me that not only is their an organization with enough discipline to set out how the world should be but also of one mind with how to best go about it? I just don’t see it happening, even amongst college students, so imagine a group of the worlds most powerful people with the personalities and egos it takes to become one of the world most powerful people and getting them to all be of one accord.

  4. Typo-Critical

    December 7, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    I expected this to be a sarcastic post making a case for why YOU should be in the Illuminati, too, Spacely. lol This post did not disappoint, however. You make a great case for how Black success is always tied into the Illuminati (I’d NEVER noticed that, to be honest. People always associated Jay, Bey, and ‘Ye with the Illuminati, but I thought this was just because they were entertainers… now, I see you’re right that it IS often Black people tied up in this).

    Entertainers especially are encouraged to entertain. That’s their primary purpose, really: to gather fans and garner attention, and perhaps (but not necessarily) deliver a message to the masses. If I’m a rapper, and people called me a Devil Worshipper and said I was in the Illuminati, and that type of attention correlated into more listens, more spins, and more sales for me – and I don’t even have to SAY anything, I just have to wear a red suit at an awards show and people will say it FOR me – well, hell yeah, I will fuel that fire if that gets me more sales. I’m so convinced at this point that Kanye simply took the Illuminati thing and ran with it just because people kept associating him with it. And JUST to really make people look like idiots, he put certain mythological images in the Power video so people would say, “That’s Satanist imagery!” So he’s getting infamy and fame just because people are telling a story on his behalf, not because of something he’s explicitly said or did.

    My biggest issue with this whole Illuminati thing is that I really do expect it to evolve to a “Salem witch trials”/McCarthy-esque level at one point. Somebody’s eventually going to be accused of being Illuminati and then it’ll start a witch hunt with an unnecessary public conviction in one way or another.

  5. justinfication

    December 7, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    The question at hand is “who’s the judge” on such allegations.

    It would definitely suck if someone took one of my sins/moments of blasphemy and stretched it to a “Justinfication is Illuminati” case.

    However, when one commit acts of blasphemy on a worldwide scale (via media) …. expect some Christian clapback. It’s happened.

    I can’t justify the “On to the Next One” video…and I won’t try. But I can’t sympathize too much.

    I ain’t expected pious hip-hop stars. Of course extreme judgment exist. But if you’re gunna take it there…

    Even Preachers get judged for taking Jesus out of context.

    • Chad Stanton

      December 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM

      I have to ask, what was blasphemous about the On To The Next One video?

      I don’t see how exactly Jay, ‘Ye, etc. have been blasphemous.

  6. justinfication

    December 7, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Blasphemous justified by others with the On to the Next One Video:

    • Chad Stanton

      December 7, 2010 at 10:18 PM

      Imagery of the the skull of a bull is blasphemous in all contexts or only in music videos? When I see a Longhorn helmet should my first thought be the Baphomet, whenever the Hook ‘Em symbol is thrown up? Is it not more likely that instead of a secret devil worshipping sign Jay is throwing up what is also regarded as a symbol for Rock music, especially given the video is taking on a Rock aesthetic? Also Jay-Z has been calling himself Jay Hova for while now but his use of an image that can be interpreted as a halo is not uncommon. Skulls is also not uncommon imagery especially in the Rock context. Not only that but European and Mexican Catholics use skulls themselves in imagery with there even being Churches decorated with skulls. Are they too worshiping the devil?

      This is my main issue. Instead of the obvious answer, Jay-Z is trying to be more Rock and Roll in his video, Illuminati partisans reach for tenuous connections that may or may not exist. Mis-characterize symbols without their historical context, and point to a “secret society” leaving no one to stand up and denounce their assertions.

  7. justinfication

    December 8, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    To answer your question from above, [which you’ve probably already know the answer to]

    “Jesus can’t save you/Life starts when the church ends” – Empire state of Mind
    “It’s the return of thee god” – Run This Town

    What those lyrics REALLY means?
    I don’t know, thus I’m not in a place to really call them out.

    It does make me curious though.

    I can’t address all those questions, cause I’m not making those allegations (symbols, skulls, etc.). I’m just saying that I understand where their argument is coming from, but I’m nuetral at best on this issue.

    Perhaps this is a testament to how disconnected I (and others) are with Hip-Hop or Music in general. Or perhaps I just don’t get where Hip-hop stands morally. Other genres artists get similar judgement too, but none of them are on Jay-Z’s level.

    I agree Hip-Hop and its artists don’t deserve such harsh accusations, but it would assist me if I even knew where they stood. I wish I could understand the conscious of Hip-Hop to defend it all the time but I can’t – because I don’t.

    I’ve heard songs/raps that were vain, greedy, & selfish. And I’ve heard songs/raps that were honest, candid, & personal.

    Illumaniti allegations seem over the top.
    Controversy from lyrics, I understand.

    And perhaps that’s the hype they’re looking for.

    For the record: I don’t believe in the Illumaniti, but I believe believe in the Devil and his ability to influence us through many means.

    • Chad Stanton

      December 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

      I can’t speak for the dude himself, he says he’s a Christian. So in my mind he’s a Christian. In my opinion I think he has displayed the same relationship with religion that a lot of people who have done a little dirt in their time has. I think it is best displayed here
      I wouldn’t say it is antagonistic towards Christianity but of a Church that spends a lot of time condemning others instead of uplifting the word of Christ.

  8. justinfication

    December 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Well that’s an age-old tale; an imperfect Church calling out imperfections.

    Despite our imperfections, we’re all (in a sense) accountable for one other.

    There’s an art to that; hence this life we live and this debate.

  9. Chad Stanton

    December 8, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    I’m not saying its novel I’m just saying its apt. When folks don’t feel welcome in the church they have a right to feel a certain way about that. If I had to bet my life on it I’d say Jay is an atheist, which contrary to popular belief isn’t the same as devil worship.


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