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Tuesday night, as I solemnly prepared to write about Alton Sterling’s murder, I got the news that another Black man, Philando Castile had been killed. Thursday night, feeling hurt and deflated, as I sat down to write about the various marches taking place around the nation, news broke of police officers shot during a peaceful march in Dallas. In the minutes that followed this incident, major news outlets started showing pictures of the alleged shooter: a Black man carrying an automatic rifle (Texas being an open carry state). A few minutes later, the word went out that the man whose face was plastered across CNN and countless other networks for the world to see (and hate) had simply been mistaken as a suspect. But the damage was done. And in that instant, the narrative had conveniently shifted from Black people seeking justice against police brutality to Black people being vigilante cop killers. Media manipulation at its best.

 

For months, the mainstream establishment has been pushing back at anyone who’s Black, proud, and unapologetic. Following the success of her hit song Formation, Beyonce was labeled anti-white and anti-police. Following his BET Awards acceptance speech, Jesse Williams was pegged with the same labels. The Black Lives Matter movement was not only labeled anti-white and anti-police but a terrorist organization as well. If the average white person was on the fence up to this point, Thursday night’s attack on Dallas police officers surely pushed them over the edge, instilled fear, and reinforced their innate belief that Black people are dangerous, the very perception so many have fought tirelessly to eradicate. But something about how this scenario unfolded just doesn’t feel right.

 

Are certain unseen forces trying to start a race war? Have the racial incidents of the past few months simply been used to gauge public opinion? Could the Dallas shootings gunman have been an agent provocateur ordered to make it look like all Black people are now out to kills cops in order to discredit protesters and social justice movements? According to Friday morning’s press conference, after shooting 12 officers and killing 5, the unnamed shooter was killed by a robot with explosives. We never saw him but were told he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. No legitimate social justice advocate seeking an end to police brutality supports the killing of police. But now the average person may believe otherwise. And where did the gunman receive the training to be such a sharp shooter? Many people also witnessed officers and BLM protesters working together peacefully to shield innocent people from the hail of gunfire. None of this adds up. Of course, I wouldn’t put it passed those who pull all of our strings that there’s a hidden agenda behind it all. There’s plenty of documented evidence throughout history to prove that hidden agendas are as American as apple pie. COINTELPRO anyone? How about the CIA-Crack Cover Up?

 

A growing number of people, myself included, believe that some type of social engineering is occurring. It’s as if we’re being emotionally manipulated so that our responses and reactions can be analyzed, assessed, and collected into an ideological database. Are we mere pawns in an invisible chess game, being moved as unseen hands see fit? Race war or not, one thing’s for sure. There’s a physical war against Black people as well as a psychological war on the masses. Just as bullets pierce through the flesh with intent to kill, images of bloody Black bodies playing on repeat via social media and news outlets bombard our minds with intent to depress, demoralize, and crush us. This is weaponized hopelessness. And based on 99% of the reactions on my Facebook and Twitter timeline in the past few days, it’s working. This plan is well orchestrated. To what aim, I have yet to fully understand. But I do know that where we stand now, things could get worse.

Sebastien Elkouby is a writer, educator, Hip Hop Culture historian, and co-host of Take No Prisoners Radio which will resume mid 2016 on The Wire 98.5. Since he’s a real person and not a robot, he’s frustrated, hurt, and has a hard time writing and getting his thoughts together due to recent events. Still, he’s trying. Find him at SebIsHipHop.com or on Twitter at @SebIsHipHop.