|Do black people still believe the KKK owns Church's?|
It's not fiction.
The book offers a look at various conspiracies [unsubstantiated] that permeate throughout the black community, placing the blame for black dysfunction on "organized anti-black conspiracies [that] threaten the communal well-being and, in particular, the individual bodies of blacks." (p. 3)
Hilariously, the book points out that many of the massive black race riots in the 1960s had their origins in rumors of some combination of police brutality or a white backlash against the black community (in Chicago in 1967, a black race riot started when it was alleged - and spread uncorroborated throughout the black community - that white boys had pushed a black man in front of an elevated train, p. 53).
Below are rumors and unconfirmed stories that once circulated throughout the black community to try and explain why various maladies befell their community.
You can't make this stuff up.
Text #1: Church's [fast food chicken franchise] is owned by the Ku Klux Klan [KKK], and they put something in it to make black men sterile.
Text #2: I remember hearing that the killings [of 28 African Americans] in Atlanta were related to genocide of the black race. The FBI was responsible and using the bodies for interferon research.
Text #3: I have heard that US scientists created AIDS in a laboratory (possibly as a weapon to use against enemy in the event of war), and they needed to test the virus, so they go to Africa, as they [Africans] are expendable , introduce the disease, and then are unable to control its spread to Europeans and Americans.
Text #4: Troop [a popular brand of athletic wear] is owned by the KKK. They are using the money they make from the products to finance the lawsuit that they lost to the black woman whose son was killed by the Klan.
Text #5: Reebok is made in South Africa. All of the money they make off of those shoes goes to support whites in South Africa.
Text #6: The production and mass distribution of drugs is an attempt by the white man to keep blacks who are striving to better themselves from making it in the world. So many blacks take drugs in order to find release and escape from the problems they face in life. By taking drugs, blacks are killing themselves, and by selling them they are bringing about the imminent destruction of their race. Overall, the white man has conspired to wipe out the black population by using them [blacks] to destroy themselves.
Text #7: Tropical Fantasy [a fruit-flavored soft drink] is made by the KKK. There is a special ingredient in it that make black men sterile. (p. 2-3)
So here's the question: Patricia A. Turner book was published 20 years earlier. What new urban legends/rumors have circulated within the black community to replace the ones mentioned above?
More to point -- what type of rumors/urban legends could be created today, which would immediately find fertile ground for growth within the black community?