Student Perspective

The corporations of America always find ways to stay in control. I think we can all agree and say that the constant thirst and need to make more money off the lower class has been taken to far.

Over the past years the corporate world has kept people in a systematic cycle. We are literally being herded to buy what they want us to whenever they see need fit. 

Art by Nobel Michael

Art by Nobel Michael

They pick off what our interests are, blow up one idea or product in our face until we willingly go out and buy whatever it is, whether it’s good or not. 

The business of trade has been useful and has progressed humans into civilization. Trade has a positive outcome on the world. It’s another form of sharing ideas, resources, products. But when money was introduced into the world a different form of greed emerged. 

We are talking about a piece of paper that only costs around 15 cents to print but takes countless hours and labor to earn. Money is not a form of trade; it is a device to keep power in the hands of the wealthy.

Citizens must have power over corporations because, by their nature, they act like psychopathic people. Corporations are amoral; they act purely for their own gratification without consideration for society, without empathy for people and without remorse for the consequences of their actions on others.

All individuals and bodies are supposed to be equal under the law, but the executives of Corporations, in their effort to maximize the dividends to their shareholders, wield the power and influence of their companies to affect the legal and socio-political environment of a country to meet their needs rather than develop the fundamentals of the business itself. 

Thus unionization is either legislated out of existence or emasculated, sometimes in breach of acknowledged principals of Human Rights.
Where a corporation finds the situation in a country uncomfortable, it is quite happy to “up sticks” from that country. 

Today we know that corporations are major influences on our lives. For example, of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations while only 49 are countries. In this era of globalization, marginalized people are becoming especially angry at the motives of multinational corporations, and corporate-led globalization is being met with increasing protest and resistance. 

What’s sad about this situation is the fact that we still “think” the “New World Era” is coming, based on the prophecies in the Bible and in the book of Revelations. What we fail to realize is that this is the New World Era. 

There is a global currency and most of these businesses work together not to just keep people in America trapped in the herd of consuming products from them, but to keep the whole world in the same trap.

We as a people can revolt (and not by flipping cars), but by changing our interests in what we consume. Corporations play off what our interests are, whatever we do or like in our community, they will play into. 

The African American community is a strong example of what the corporate world uses to grab the attention of the lower class. Look around; do you not see the trends we use are quickly being broadcast from our social media to the TV if not CNN itself? Radio hosts using terms like “turn up” or “On Fleek,” retail stores selling clothes best fitted for urban backgrounds. Even politicians and celebrities are dancing like us, African Americans, to gain our interests. 

If the corporate world is looking at anyone to sell products to, it’s the Black community. Yet we seem to be the most in poverty or in the lower classes. 

Where would we be if we circulated our own ideas in our own community, kept the Black culture Black? Stop buying products from big white corporations like Polo, Nike, Levi and, yes, even Jordan. 

It even goes back to our food. Eat healthier. Don’t fall into the norm of McDonalds and other fast food restaurants. 

We are talented people. Imagine where we would be if we claimed our own culture and stop letting others use it to buy us out.

Nobel Michael is a senior mass communication major from Lancaster, California.