A little-known movie is getting lots of attention lately because of its suggested strategies being used, knowingly or unknowingly, by participants in the ongoing Occupy Movement.

The movie, Ghetto Physics, produced by William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown, author of Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up said the Occupy Movement is an expression of a power dynamic in a societal energy field that launches back when power structures from the top engage in manipulating and disenfranchising folks to the point where it is so far out of balance.

“People respond out of collective pain as well as a lot of information they are privy to in this high-tech age. So occupy is a primary illustration of the physics, or workings of energy in the shadows around group power interaction,” said Brown. The Occupy Movement has been defined as an international protest movement primarily directed at social and economic inequality.

In 2010, Brown and Arntz produced this docu-drama structured as a mix of actual interviews, enacted narrative and animation sequences. It initially ran in a few movie theaters in urban cities. Brown came back to D.C. as part of his “Occupy Movement Tour” and showed it to a crowded audience at a new progressive radio station in Anacostia.

The film used the analogy of the pimp and prostitute “relationship” to illustrate the larger metaphysical picture of human power dynamics worldwide. Something Brown hoped will ignite the consciousness of all people, especially those who have been regulated to the bottom.

“Ghetto Physics can become a powerful tool to exact the re-education of a truly free society for all Americans where every citizen becomes responsible for his or her actions and accepts fully the stewardship of this Nation,” wrote Shirley Martin, executive director, Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation, after she viewed the movie.

Brown, a Los Angeles native, sought to broaden the understanding of these forces for urban minority students by bringing the principles down to the most basic terms.
Brown explained, “The systems of domination, involve manipulation and coercion by the powerful, who use vulnerable people in a game to be exploited as pawns for the economic benefit of the dominators.”

“The only real hope for the world’s ho’s to escape pimp bondage is to transform the self and ultimately society.” Brown continued, by rejecting victimhood and suggested reframing the inner reality. “In this way, the newly empowered can seize control of the game.”

“The film is supposed to be an operational model to stimulate critical thinking,” the producer said. Brown explained about the dynamics of the game and how it originated as an expression of human “archetypes” which he described as “the threads that make up the narrative.”

“This ideal of masses of people self-empowering to reject continued exploitation would be exhibited in practical terms by the occupy movements, especially involving Blacks and other minorities,” said Brown.

Brown believes Blacks are not represented in the Occupy Movement because with the use of technology everything has just dramatically shifted so far on us. “The game of power is vastly different and much more sophisticated. So we are not caught up with the level of evolutionary savvy we have to come with,” said Brown. He suggested, “We need to be on the technology and utilizing it toward building our organizations. But the fact is, we are a people still entrenched in dogmatic, painful and dysfunctional thought systems or paradigms. We gotta evolve ourselves fast to stay with the game.”

Community activists, Malik Farrakhan, executive director of Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Ron Moten, cofounder of Peacoholics, both reacted to the film.

“It breaks down the system in street terms which is something that must be done when you are trying to reach the masses,” said Farrakhan.

“This is just what we need to wake certain people up. So many of us are being pimped and act like we don’t know how to get out of it. I’m tired and eager to move. But the Occupy Movement protestors are not reaching out to us and they certainly can’t tell us what to do on our own turf,” Moten said.

In fewer than six months, the Occupy Movement has reached 900 cities in America and 96 countries. Brown continues to visit Occupy Movements across the US, showing the movie and engaging participants in dialogue to help fuel the fire.

Researcher DeRutter Jones provided additional material to this story.


Valencia Mohammed

Special to the AFRO