Divide and conquer – an old recipe
Long before crowds were whipped into a fury by those who exploit racial tension for their own purposes, this time around chanting oft-repeated mantras that have now twice been officially discredited as having no basis in fact*, the old recipe of ‘divide and conquer’ was expertly applied by those who would stand to profit from it.
Check out the stunning ways in which Muhammad Ali instigated and exploited racial tensions in hyping his fight against Joe Frazier.
The good bits start at around 25:00 through 32:00. Would you believe that Muhammad Ali spoke at a KKK rally?
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*The reference is to the ‘Hands up don’t shoot’ version of events that triggered riots and set into motion events that arguably led to subsequent ambush-style killings of police officers. Both the grand jury as well as the Justice Department’s investigation found this account of events lacking credibility. Quote from the Justice Department’s report:
“Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media.“